The last match in the 10th round of the French Ligue 2 brings us a duel of two old rivals from the elite rank, Sochaux and Metz. Still, the guests from Metz are much better placed on the table and they occupy the second place, while Sochaux is only 15 and has 11 points less. In addition, Metz also celebrated in the last two duels, which took place three years ago in this same competition.
In the meantime, Metz even performed in the elite French rank, while the team of Sochaux performs for the fifth season in a row in Ligue 2, but fails to get involved in the fight for the top. So we have already said that they are welcoming this duel with Metz much closer to the relegation zone than to the leading positions, but in the last round they managed to break the series of two defeats. Namely, they played 0-0 against Nancy as guests, and that was their first draw in this championship season.
Of course, this one point from the side should now be additional boost before this duel with the fifth Metz, especially since they made two victories in the previous three home matches. Still, their somewhat worse performances on the side have cost them better placement on the table, while they were recently eliminated from the League Cup by Brest. We should also add that the injured centre-back Verdon and midfielders Daham and Owus should miss this match due to injuries.
When it comes to guests from Metz, they performed in the elite rank last season, but they showed very bad games there and are now back in Ligue 2. But thing are going very well for now, because after nine games they are on the second place on the table, with just one point less than the leading Brest. However, what concerns their coach Antonetti is the fact that they have after seven victories in a row now entered in a result crisis because they have experienced defeats in the last two rounds.
That is why we believe that there will be a lot of changes in the starting lineup for this match with Sochaux, primarily in the attack, where the young Niane should return in the first 11. On the other hand, the midfield is unchangeable since the start of the championship, while Balliu could get advantage on the right side instead of Riviera. As for the problems with absences, the performances of midfielders Maige and Hein and striker Nguette are still questionable due to injuries.
Even though the guests from Metz are much better placed on the table, they showed some weaknesses in the last two rounds, so the stronger team of Sochaux should certainly make use of the favourable result in this duel.
Bet Type: Total Goals
Selection: Under 2.5
Best Odds: 1.73 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 08-Oct-2018 20:45 CET
Event Result: 1:2(0:0)
Profit: -40.00 Units