Metz didn’t have much to offer last time on the road to Reims when they came away with a 0:0 draw, being quite passive in their overall appearance.
If we exclude a couple of opportunities, the guests looked completely absent from the field, luckily for them, the hosts weren’t shining as well, so a goalless match wasn’t that surprising considering their performance in this encounter.
Metz is positioned at the 9th spot in the rankings, having ten points less than European-placed Lens.
They will miss midfielder Pajot (12/0), forwards Niane (6/6) and Nguette (14/3).
PSG had some difficulties in its last Ligue 1 encounter at home against St Ettienne but was still able to pull out a 3:2 victory.
All the action in this one occurred in the last phase of the match when the guests took the lead in the 78th, but with two goals in the next nine minutes over Mbappe, PSG managed to reverse.
Conceding another one in the first minute of added time, the Parisians were close to a disaster but somehow bounced back three minutes later over Icardi, narrowly taking all three.
PSG is now just a point behind leaders from Lille, having the imperative of victory in front of them.
The Parisians should miss left-back Bernat (3/0), goalkeeper Navas (24/0) is doubtful, as well as central-backs Marquinhos (21/1), Diallo (19/0), midfielders Verratti (19/0) and Rafinha (19/0).
Metz vs PSG H2H
30.08.19 Metz vs Paris SG 0 : 2
08.09.17 Metz vs Paris SG 1 : 5
18.04.17 Metz vs Paris SG 2 : 3
21.11.14 Metz vs Paris SG 2 : 3
The race continues
Four teams in total are in a position to take the title this season, and from this point on, a setback is not an option. There is an uncomparable quality gap between these two, and anything else except the Parisian’s victory would truly be disastrous for them.
Also, a high number of goals is highly likely, as the guests are more than capable to score three or more alone, while Metz has absolutely no reason to approach this clash as being passive.