Metz will host an in-form Marseille side at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in the Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Olympique de Marseille Match Form
After a brilliant run of results, Marseille have jumped to second place in the table. They have won the last six league games on the trot. Marseille’s last league defeat was a 4-0 loss against champions Paris Saint-Germain in October. Now they are just five points behind PSG, and there is the slim possibility of a title race in France. But the defending champions are on a winning run of their own, and catching them will be a tough task.
In the six league wins, Marseille have scored two or more in all of those games. Last week they hosted Bordeaux at the Stade Velodrome. Yacine Adli gave Bordeaux the lead, and Marseille were trailing at half-time. But they improved in the second half to claim a 3-1 win. Jordan Amavi, Morgan Sanson, and Nemanja Radonjic got the goals for Marseille. They had 25 efforts in the whole game compared to just three from Bordeaux.
One of the aspects which Marseille could improve is their defense. In the 17 league games, they have conceded 19 goals, which is not great. Seven teams in the division have conceded fewer, and coach Andre Villas-Boas can improve in that department. Villas-Boas is in his first season at Marseille, and he has impressed. Marseille finished fifth last time, and this season is already an improvement so far. Champions League qualification will be the minimum which he will hope to achieve this campaign.
Metz Match Form
Metz are on the other spectrum of the table compared to Marseille. They are in 18th place, which is the relegation playoff position. Amiens in 17th place are just a point above them. Metz have failed to win in the last eight games in all competitions. Their last win was a 1-0 result over Nantes in October. Habib Diallo scored a late goal for Metz in that game.
A poor attack is one of the biggest problems which Metz have to solve. They have scored 14 league goals this season, and only two other sides have a worse tally. Metz have scored just three goals in the last five games. Diallo is their top scorer, and he has scored nine times in the league. However he has received little help from his teammates, and the second player on that list is Ibrahima Niane with two goals.
Marseille have dominated the head to head record against Metz in recent years. They have scored nine goals in the last two league encounters against Metz. In the last eight meetings, Metz have won only once. Marseille won the last time in February 2018 by a 6-3 scoreline.
Metz vs Marseille Betting Tips
Marseille will be the favorites to get the win again and maintain their winning run. Metz have been bad in front of goal, and a clean sheet is likely for Marseille. The total goals should be Under 2.5 in the game, and Marseille should get the three points.