PREVIEW: Nantes vs. Metz – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

In a match that is likely to have a massive impact on the survival scrap, a resurgent Nantes side welcome struggling Metz to the Stade de la Beaujoiere in Ligue 1 on Sunday afternoon.

Last time out Les Canaris continued their revival with a narrow success over fellow basement dwellers Lorient, while Les Granats were unable to reverse their terrible fate against Lyon.

Nantes vs. Metz

Having retained their Ligue 1 status by just one point at the end of the 2022-23 campaign, Nantes have made great strides in recent weeks to ensure the current term does not involve a similarly-stressful conclusion to Les Canaris. Has won. Both Toulouse and Lorient from early February.

Facing Les Merles in last weekend’s hotly contested Breton derby, Jocelyn Gourvennec’s side were at their clinical best despite low possession at a hostile Stade du Mostoir, where right-back Jean-Charles Castelletto sealed the win with a sweet volley. Maximum points for visitors.

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The collection of six points from their last three Ligue 1 fixtures has allowed Nantes to move up to 12th in the top-flight standings with a steady tally of 25 points from 23 matches, three points ahead of local rivals Lorient, who Currently occupied. Relegation-playoff places.

After a six-match winless run between December and the beginning of February, the full integration of new faces arriving in the January window has certainly helped Les Canaris turn their fortunes around, with Lyon loanee Tino Cadavere signing key marksman Mustafa. Have developed an aggressive relationship with. Mohammed.

Nantes have actually fared better at the Stade de la Beaujolais this season, picking up only 12 of their 25 Ligue 1 points in front of their home faithful, their most recent home success coming on 2 December, when the first half was held at Florentin Mollet attacked. It was enough to defeat Nice.

Metz are going through a difficult period, extending their campaign without a win to ten matches against an in-form Lyon team last Friday night in Ligue 1, which has seen their one-year stay in the top table of French football seriously jeopardized. is in danger of being eliminated. The club’s fans showed a lot of dissatisfaction last time.

Les Grenates were heading towards their first win of the calendar year when Ajax loanee Georges Mikoutadze put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes, but goals either side of the half-time whistle from Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Benrahma gave Pierre Gave victory to the people of SEZ.

After the full-time whistle, sections of the Metz fanbase invaded the field of play and protested against manager Laszlo Boloni, who was reportedly kept in the dugout on the grounds that the club could not pay for his exit. Could, only with Romanian. Signing a new two-year contract at the start of the season.

Having earned just one point from their last 10 top-flight matches, Metz are 17th in the Ligue 1 standings ahead of Sunday’s tough clash at Nantes, level on points with bottom side Clermont Foot and five behind Montpellier HSC. Those who are points behind sit in 15th.


Boulogne’s side will face Clermont at the bottom of the division in a vitally important clash at the bottom of the division on March 10, meaning a failure to win at least one of their next two matches could push Les Granats closer to an immediate return to the league. . 2.

Nantes could be without the services of leading goalscorer Mohamed on Sunday afternoon, after the Egyptian had to be subbed off during the half-time interval at Lorient last weekend.

Zimbabwe’s Kadewere is an obvious candidate to replace the seven-goal striker at the focal point of attack, although Sheffield United loanee Benny Traore is also capable of operating in that position.

Les Canaris will certainly be unable to call upon Ignatius Gnago, however, as the striker will be out for the remainder of the campaign due to a cruciate ligament injury.

After another defeat in their last match, Metz may make a few changes to their starting eleven, with the likes of Arthur Atta and Ebou Sane pushing for a start.

Les Grenates’ attacking wing Ably Jallow has missed recent matches with a hamstring injury, with the 25-year-old expected to return later this month.

Former Monaco youth player Kevin N’Dorum was a major force in Metz’s engine room before suffering a thigh injury that will keep him out for the next few weeks.

Nantes probable starting lineup:
LaFont; Castelletto, Comart, Pallais, Zeze, Cozza; Simon, Augusto, Chirivella, Sissoko; Cadaver

Metz probable starting lineup:
Oukidja; Colin, Herrell, Sane, Udol; Asoro, Camara, Jacques, Atta; Mikoutadze, Sane

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