Game information, where to watch, odds and predictions
France Ligue 1 returns this Friday with Strasbourg and Metz who will face each other at the Meinau stadium. Three defeats in their first five matches do not represent an ideal start to the new Ligue 1 season for Strasbourg. They have conceded 11 goals so far and have only scored seven goals. Strasbourg narrowly avoided relegation last season finishing just two points above the last three. It seems that things have not changed because Strasbourg are not performing very well in this new season. They were beaten by Angers, PSG and Lyon and were able to win against Brest at home. Their last match was against Lyon, and they lost 3-1. On the other hand, Metz has accumulated only 3 points over its five matches of the season. They struggled to maintain the result against Clermont and Lille and could only collect one point in each game. They remain in 17th position in the standings, scoring six goals and conceding ten. Their last match was against Troyes, where they were beaten, with the result 0-2. Both teams approach this match with a clear objective: to take three points and climb a little in the standings.
Metz have 20 wins and nine draws, while Strasbourg have won seven in 36 previous matches. Strasbourg were undefeated in that game last season, playing a 2-2 draw at the Meinau stadium before winning 2-1 in the second leg. If we analyze the last ten games, we see a slight advantage for Metz. They won five games, drew four and lost only one. In this match, the favorite team to win the match is Strasbourg.
Because Strasbourg will miss Ibrahima Sissoko due to a knee injury. Another big problem for Strasbourg will be the injury of Moise Sahi and Lebo Mothiba who are also expected to be out due to injury. They will find right-back Karol Fila after serving his suspension in the game against Lyon. On the other side, Metz will be missed by several players like Farid Boulaya, Opa Nguette and M.Cabit.
Predictions, odds and where to look
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The two sides had so far had some difficulties in this campaign. For both teams, attackers struggle to find their way to the net, and midfielders and defenders resolve matches. For Strasbourg, the top scorer to date is midfielder Thomasson with two goals. In contrast, Metz’s top scorer to date is defender Centonze. Strasbourg are a powerful team when they play at home, so it’s not going to be very easy for Metz to take points there. Bookmakers see Strasbourg as the favorite to win this match with odds of 1.85, against odds of 4.50 for Metz. The odds of the match ending in a draw are 3.60. As for Livestream, you can watch the game on OneSoccer, Univision, FOX Network, FOX Sports, Bein Sports, Digitalb, Arena TV. You can also check the odds or watch the match even on betting platforms like Bet365, 1xBet, William Hill.
Prediction: OVER 2.5
- Date: September 17, 2021
- Time: 9:00 p.m. (CET)
- Location: Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)