Metz (@2.87) vs Montpellier (@2.8)

Our Prediction:

Montpellier will win

Metz – Montpellier Match Prediction | 03-11-2019 15:00

They have won only 2 points from a possible 15, their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss against Reims. Last weekend the club drew 0-0 at home to Angers and they havent scored a goal in two games now. Away they have one of the worst records in the league and have yet to record a victory on the road.

Montpellier have been in much better, if a little bit more inconsistent, form this season with just two defeats in their last eight games. so credit must be given to them. Michel Der Zakarians men have a knack of putting in incredible performances, such as their 3-1 win over Monaco but then following it up with a 1-0 defeat to Strasbourg who are currently wallowing around the relegation zone. They also had a sketchy match in midweek as they barely beat Ligue 2 Nancy 3-2 but they played much of the match with ten men.

Montpellier are still to win a match away from home this season but with Metz in some pretty soggy form, were backing them to get the victory here. Montpellier won when these teams last met in 2018 and with Metz very poor defensively were backing the visitors to win 1-0.

Over the years Montpellier have established themselves as a mid-table side in French Ligue 1. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderama and Olivier Giroud played in Montpelliers colors as well, but Pascal Baills is the player with most appearances for the club (429). French football legend Laurent Blanc played for Montpellier from 1981-1993 and he scored 76 goals in 24 appearances in the league for the club. Montpellier are considered one of the youngest clubs in France as they were founded in 1974, but it has to be noted that a number of high-profile footballers played for the club in the past.

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The team has been victorious in 0 out of 5 matches in foreign stadiums (0%) so far in this season. In the past 6 months, Montpellier has won six matches, played five games that ended in a draw, and lost five games. During that period Montpellier won one away game while the team lost four matches at away stadiums and two games ended in a tie.

Away they have one of the worst records in the league and have yet to record a victory on the road. Last weekend the club drew 0-0 at home to Angers and they havent scored a goal in two games now. They have won only 2 points from a possible 15, their last away game ended in a 1-0 loss against Reims.

La Paillade did well to beat Angers in their last league match, but they are not regarded as good travelers, therefore, we believe that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Les Grenats sit in the last position in the Ligue 1 standings, seven points behind the safe zone, thus this has to go down as yet another must-win game for the rock-bottom side. Metz will be aiming to bounce back from a heavy 6-3 loss to Olympique Marseille when they face Montpellier on Matchday 25. It has to be emphasized that les Grenats defeated the likes of Nice, Saint-Etienne and Strasbourg in previous three home games in the national championship. Metz have been struggling on the travels this season, but they are on a three-game winning run at home and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will pick up all three points from Saturday's football match.

In 1999 Montpellier won the UEFA Intertoto Cup. Montpellier won Coupe de France on two occasions (1929, 1990), with the team beating FC Sete and FC Paris respectively in the title games. The team welcome their rivals at Stade de la Mosson and the capacity of the stadium is 32.900. La Paillade did remarkably well to win the Ligue 1 trophy in 2012 and that is considered the clubs biggest success.

FC Metz vs Montpellier: Match preview, tips and odds

Michel Der Zakarian's team scores 0,40 away goals per game this season, mainly in the first half. In the current season, Montpellier's away games mostly ended 0:1, 1:1 or. When Montpellier plays away, there is an overall average of 1,40 scored goals per match. As guests last season the team played most often 0:1, 2:1 or 1:1. Last season, von Montpellier played away with an average of 1,16 goals for and 1,16 against the team in their away games.

This will be our only choice for this game, because it involves some risk backing a side who have failed to win on the road this season, but surely this will not continue for much longer. It will sure to be a close game, but the away side will be great value to win so we dont need to use maximum stakes here.

However, Montpellier have created the fourth most chances in the league this season so the stats would suggest that they should improve their scoring pretty soon. Montpellier currently sit 10th in Ligue 1 and have generally accredited their success to keeping the scores low and the matches tight. Nine of their eleven league games this season have seen under 2.5 goals scored. Montpellier have conceded the fourth least goals this season but their attack has failed to replicate that type of quality as they are also drawn third for least goals scored. Metz could be the perfect opponent for Montpellier to show that against.