FC Metz V PSG Betting Tips: Both Teams to Score – 30 August 2019

Depleted PSG could be vulnerable

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FC Metz V PSG

Friday 30th August 2019 – 19:45 Kick-Off
French Ligue 1
Pick: Both Teams to Score
Odds: 5/6
Bookmaker: Boylesports

1 X 2
69/10 19/5 2/5

* (All betting odds displayed were correct as of 28th August 2019 at 14:40)

Preview: Injuries have hit PSG hard already, with the Parisiens without every member of their famous front three for this trip to last season’s Ligue 2 champions. So, can Metz capitalise on the champions’ misfortune inside their Stade Saint-Symphorien? It’s a game that can be viewed live on BT Sports.

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FC Metz Preview – No home loss since January merits respect?

Trying to take points off of PSG has become a thankless task in Ligue 1, with Les Parisiens simply THAT good compared with everybody else in the country. Rennes, however, have already proved this season that it isn’t impossible, and there are signs, in their underlying numbers, that FC Metz could be capable of something similar – especially with their opponents missing several key players.

Les Grenats begun the season as a newly-promoted side but as champions from the league below, after comfortably finishing as the best side in Ligue 2 in 2018-19. Just three teams managed to beat them on their own patch (W13 D3 L3, GF34 GA11), where they ended the campaign unbeaten in their last ten league matches (W7 D3), which has become eleven following their confident display at home to Monaco (3-0) on Matchday 2 of this season.

Another performance of that stature is required here, and then some, but Metz do appear to have the raw materials to, at the very least, provide some resistance to the undisputed dominant club in the land. However, there can be no escaping an horrendous record in recent encounters with their upcoming opponents: not since 2006 have Metz celebrated victory over PSG, losing the previous eight league and cup meetings, home and away. Meanwhile, in seven of those contests Metz conceded a minimum of three goals.

Furthermore, last week’s resounding loss away to Angers will have put a sizeable dent in the team’s morale having previously recorded a handsome win over Monaco (3-0) and earned a credible draw at Strasbourg (1-1).

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PSG Preview – Champions to power through without key individuals?

PSG have started the latest Ligue 1 season doing PSG things. Which usually entails them winning games whilst scoring a fair few goals and accumulating some ridiculous Expected Goals figures. That has certainly been the case at home so far, in convincing wins against Nimes and Toulouse. Yet it was anything but in their only away fixture to date.

Edinson Cavani had given the impression it was business as usual when he struck moments before half-time of PSG’s away encounter with Rennes on Matchday 2, but the home side responded either side of half-time to stun Thomas Tuchel’s men, who could produce no response of their own thereafter to subsequently lose 2-1. That shock scoreline at Rennes now means the mighty Paris-Saint Germain have lost five of its last six away fixtures in Ligue 1. An astonishingly poor spell of away form for a team that is usually so utterly dominant.

The good news is that this fixture has been a favourite of theirs recently, winning on each of their most recent three visits to Metz in the league (1-5, 2-3 and 2-3 scorelines). The bad news, however, is that any hopes of achieving a fourth consecutive away win have been placed in genuine jeopardy due to an ever-growing injury list.

We already knew Neymar was unavailable, but now both Edisnon Cavani and Kylian Mbappe have been ruled out for around a month meaning not a single member of their formidable attacking triumvirate will feature here, or anytime soon for that matter. The scoring burden will now fall on former Stoke City striker Eric Choupo-Moting, who should be in a confident frame of mind after his brace last weekend against Toulouse.

 

Metz V PSG Key Facts:

  • Metz are currently unbeaten in eleven league matches as the home side (W8 D3).
  • PSG have slumped to five defeats in their last six away Ligue 1 matches, but did score in every away league games last term.
  • The previous eight meetings between these two sides, in all competitions, were won by PSG.

 

Betting Summary

Having lost the previous eight competitive meetings with PSG, this must feel like an outstanding, almost unmissable, opportunity for FC Metz to finally end the barren run and claim a famous outcome against the depleted champions, who are without their star-studded front three. No league defeats at home since the middle of January is encouraging, in particular the last of those – a 3-0 defeat of Monaco a fortnight ago. But have they shrugged off last week’s heavy 3-0 loss at Angers?

To lose Edinson Cavani and Neymar to injury is one thing, but to be missing their talisman, the impetus behind so much of their magic in the final third, is another, with Kylian Mbappe now also confirmed to be unavailable. PSG still have a wealth of talent at their disposal, though, but this is a team which lost for the fifth away league game in six in their latest outing at Rennes (2-1).

With PSG not possessing as much firepower, Metz should spend less time pinned back in their own half and, as a result, should see more of the ball than might normally be the case. Metz have a very strong record at home and the minimum we can expect from them here is to trouble an understrength champion, whose recent six away Ligue 1 matches have produced both teams scoring. The previous three league meetings in Metz have also seen both teams on the scoresheet, and that looks a viable bet here, too.


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