Metz - Strasbourg

Jake

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09.01.22 - 15:00 CET

Ligue 1

The end of the last calendar year for Metz was a 1-1 draw at Lyon, for which Frederic Antonetti's charges can be very happy, because the whole game, as well as for most of the autumn part, they were pulling out the short end and if it wasn't for goalkeeper Caillard's saves, it could have been a clear win for the opponent. The team has temporarily left this week seven players who have travelled to the quite prestigious African Cup of Nations, and especially the absence of stoppers Kouyate and Bronn, among others, striker Boulayi or the covid-positive Nguette, will be almost painful for the eastern French team.

Round 20 will see Strasbourg in the so-called "Derby de l'Est" (Eastern Derby) against Metz, whose last league game before Christmas was postponed in Clermont due to heavy fog, and so Racing are in a somewhat distorting tenth place after an incomplete nineteen rounds. Stephan's side played a cup match right at the start of the year, but came away from it against Montpellier defeated (0-1) and had to say goodbye to the Coupe de France for the season. The match was heavily influenced by Habib Diallo's penalty kick, which he missed. However, he had a great autumn (8+1) and this time his team will miss him, as he was called up to the Senegal national team, while speculation is rife that he had a positive covid test after arriving in Africa. Strasbourg is not doing as well on their opponents' pitches as they do at home (2-3-3), but they have still lost only one league away game out of their last six and enter the regional derby against Metz as a justified favourite.

Strasbourg won the September game (where Diallo scored twice) 3:0 at home, last season here by 1:2. Again, it will probably be by one goal in their favour.

My bet:
Strasbourg @ 1.72 (bet365)
 

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