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Monaco vs Metz Prediction & Match Preview

Monaco

Metz

03 April 2021 12:00 UK/ 13:00 CET Ligue 1 Stade Louis II

Monaco will be looking to build on a thrilling 4-0 win over St Etienne when they take on Metz at their Stade Louis II on Matchday 31. 

Les Rouges et Noirs impressed in their last game before the international break, with the team reviving their title hopes. 

Monaco footballers are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of St Etienne, but they can’t afford any complacency in Saturday’s clash. 

In-form Montenegro attacker Stevan Jovetic should keep his place up front, alongside Kevin Volland, while Ben Yedder should start from the bench.

Aurelien Tchouameni is banned for the match, while Pieto Pellegri, Willem Geubbels, and Gelson Martins remain sidelined with injuries. 

Metz, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Rennes, and given Monaco’s impressive home record, the visitors are likely to return to Lorraine. 

Oukidja is sidelined through suspension, while Tchimbembe, Nguette, N’Doram, Niane, and Cabit all miss the game with injuries.

Monaco vs Metz: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Monaco Metz played so far 24 matches.
Monaco won 16 direct matches. Metz won 5 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.83 goals per Match.

Monaco vs Metz Prediction

Monaco in actual season average scored 1.95 goals per match. In 15 (93.75%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 13 (81.25%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Metz average scored 1.44 goals per match in season 2021. In 14 (70.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 10 (50.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Veteran midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had to wait patiently for a start in Kovac's team since the turn of the year, but he may finally be granted it this weekend as Tchouameni is suspended for an accumulation of bookings.

Goalscoring defender Guillermo Maripan - who has struck five times in the league this season - missed out against Saint-Etienne due to stomach problems but should be fine for this game, although Axel Disasi and Benoit Badiashile will not want to be broken up after their recent clean sheet.

Jovetic's name in the first XI raised a few eyebrows, and he missed a penalty before drawing first blood only a minute later in their 4-0 win over Les Verts, but 13-goal Wissam Ben Yedder will hope to link up with his regular strike partner Kevin Volland this weekend.

Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja will serve the fourth and final game of his ban this weekend, so Marc-Aurele Caillard will have one last opportunity to prove his worth in between the sticks.

Vincent Pajot lasted the full 90 minutes against Rennes but has since exacerbated an Achilles problem, with Victorien Angban therefore likely to earn a recall in the engine room.

Ibrahima Niane - still their top scorer this season with six goals - is progressing well after an ACL rupture and should return to training later this month, but Opa Nguette and Warren Tchimbembe remain out.

Monaco possible starting lineup:
Lecomte; Sidibe, Maripan, Badiashile, Henrique; Golovin, Fofana, Fabregas, Diop; Ben Yedder, Volland

Metz possible starting lineup:
Caillard; Bronn, Boye, Kouyate; Centonze, Maiga, Angban, Delaine; Boulaya; Yade, Leya Iseka


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