Metz vs. Montpellier – Prediction (Ligue 1 – 02.11.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Metz have won five of their last eight games against Montpellier in Ligue 1 (L3), as many as in their previous 22.

A 1-0 win over Nantes in their last Ligue 1 (L1) home outing saw Metz put an end to a three-game winless run at home in the league (D1, L2). A relieved outfit, the hosts will now be hoping to build on their great historical top-flight H2H home record against Montpellier (W10, D10, L6). With seven L1 goals so far, Habib Diallo has netted Metz’s opening goal in each of the six league games to see him score. If they do win here, it could be with a clean sheet as ‘Les Grenats’ have kept one in each of their three victories this L1 campaign. Interestingly, just one of Metz’ 11 league games to date has featured a draw at half-time (HT: W3, D1, L7).

Metz have conceded 75% of their league goals against this term before the break. Four of the last five L1 H2Hs held here saw the half-time result mirror the full-time one. Just one of Montpellier’s last 16 L1 matches have been settled by a two-goal margin or greater.

Visitors Montpellier travel here after losing just five of their previous 18 top-flight matches (W8, D5, L5), but are still winless on the road this L1 campaign (D2, L3). Furthermore, the fact that they have kept just one clean sheet across their last 12 L1 away games will concern traveling fans. Montpellier’s top league scorer, Andy Delort, has scored each of his three league goals before the hour mark. On a more positive note however, ’Le MHSC’ boast the fourth-best away defence this season, conceding just 1.0 goals on average per away game. Scoring first could be a game decider in any case, as Montpellier are unbeaten in the last 17 L1 away games in which they have scored the opening goal (W12, D5).

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: FRANCE: Ligue 1.
Kick off: 02.11.2019, 19:00 UTC.
Venue: Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien (Metz).
Referee: Frappart S. (Fra).

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