Soccer betting preview: Metz welcomes Reims in what could be a tight duel

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Competition: France Ligue 1
Competition: Sun 20.September
Match begins: 13:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stade Saint-Symphorien (26661 seats)

It's still early in the Ligue 1 season, but we are learning more and more about the teams. Here is the Metz - Reims preview!

Metz have less rest than Reims in this fixture, as the hosts were involved in a Ligue 1 game only four days ago. That game was an away game at Paris Saint Germain, so at least Metz are thankful to return home in this one. Game on!

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Metz form and stats

Metz's first Ligue 1 home game here at Stade Saint-Symphorien ended in defeat. Last season their home statistics were 5 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats from 14 matches. Metz has three losses from their three previous games and the tension is increasing in the dressing room for both the manager V. Hognon and the players.

Metz are anxiously hoping for a goal as it's been 279 minutes since the last one in league fixtures. (Scored by J. Boye).

Metz lost their last game at Paris Saint Germain (placed 15th) after a 0-1 scoreline. A defeat was the result before that one, 0-1 away at Lille.

Alexandre Oukidja had a busy but productive day in the Paris Saint Germain match. Despite making seven saves the loss could not be prevented. The defeat against Paris Saint Germain was especially painful as the deciding goal against was scored three minutes into stoppage time (by J. Draxler).

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Metz have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found four matches with the results: Won three, drawn one and lost zero.

Metz has scored 0 goals so far and conceded 1 goal from 1 home game. These are numbers from the league only.

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Reims form and stats

The Ligue 1 season is young and Reims have only just started going through their travel schedule, with 2 away games done and still no victory. 1 draw and 1 defeat so far.

Reims aren't clicking offensively as they have gone 249 league minutes without a goal. E. B. Toure was the last player to find the net.

It might be tough going out on the road again for Reims, facing their second straight away game. Especially as the previous game, ended with a defeat 0-1 versus Angers SCO (placed 9th). A 0-1 loss hosting Lille before that.

Reims goalkeeper Predrag Rajković had a great day against Angers SCO, but despite making six saves the loss could not be avoided.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Reims playing away and similar expectations, we found nine relevant matches. Results were three Reims wins, five draws and one defeat.

2 goals so far away for Reims, while their defence has allowed the opposition to score 3. All from 2 league matches away.

Head 2 Head

Numbers for the last ten meetings between these two teams are: three wins for Metz, five draws and two wins for Reims. Over 2,5 goals: three times; under 2,5 goals: seven games.

Top Goalscorers

ReimsB. Dia
B. Dia
1 goals
ReimsE. Toure
E. Toure
1 goals

Metz missing players

Reims missing players

Metz Reims
Total Home vs low Statistics Stat vs low Away Total
3 1 0 Played P 0 2 3
0 0 0 Won W 0 0 0
0 0 0 Drew D 0 1 1
3 1 0 Lost L 0 1 2
0 0 0 Scored S 0 2 2
3 1 0 Conceded C 0 3 4
100% 100% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 0% 100% 100%
0% 0% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 50% 33%
0% 0% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 50% 33%
0% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 50% 33%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 50% 33%
0% 0% 0% Clean Sheets C S 0% 0% 0%
100% 100% 0% Failed to Score F T 0% 50% 67%
 
5 10 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 1.5 1.3
5.7 1 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 4.5 3.7
2 0 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 0 2.5 3
0 0 0 Red cards R C 0 1 1
 
27 15 0 Total Shots T S 0 18 22
8 6 0 Shots on Target S O 0 5 5
0% 0% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 40% 40%
Key stats in Ligue 1 this season:
  • Metz has the fewest scored goals (0) in Ligue 1
Metz Last season Reims
Total Home   Statistics Stat   Away Total
28 14   Played P   14 28
8 5   Won W   5 10
10 4   Drew D   4 11
10 5   Lost L   5 7
27 18   Scored S   14 26
35 17   Conceded C   14 21
93% 100%   Over 0.5 O 0.5   100% 86%
71% 79%   Over 1.5 O 1.5   71% 57%
36% 50%   Over 2.5 O 2.5   14% 14%
18% 21%   Over 3.5 O 3.5   7% 7%
4% 0%   Over 4.5 O 4.5   7% 4%
46% 57%   BTTS BTTS   36% 36%
29% 21%   Clean Sheets C S   29% 43%
32% 21%   Failed to Score F T   36% 36%
 
4.2 4.4   Corners for (avg) C F   4.5 5.1
5.9 6.1   Corners against (avg) C A   5.2 4.8
1.6 1.4   Yellow cards (avg) Y C   2.2 2
4 2   Red cards R C   3 5
 
315 165   Total Shots T S   153 343
111 59   Shots on Target S O   49 96
24% 31%   Goal Efficiency G E   29% 27%

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Rennes 3 2 1 0 7 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 1 0 5 3 3 7
2 Monaco 3 2 1 0 5 3 2 1 1 0 4 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 7
3 Lille 3 2 1 0 3 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 7
4 Saint-Étienne 2 2 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6
5 Montpellier 3 2 0 1 6 4 2 2 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 2 6
6 Olympique Marseille 2 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6
7 Lens 3 2 0 1 5 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 1 4 4 1 6
8 Nice 3 2 0 1 5 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 1 3 3 1 6
9 Angers SCO 3 2 0 1 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6
10 Bordeaux 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 5
11 Olympique Lyonnais 3 1 1 1 5 3 1 1 0 0 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 4
12 Nantes 3 1 1 1 3 3 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 0 4
13 Nimes 3 1 0 2 7 6 2 1 0 1 6 4 1 0 0 1 1 2 1 3
14 Lorient 3 1 0 2 5 6 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 -1 3
15 Paris Saint Germain 3 1 0 2 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 3
16 Brest 3 1 0 2 4 7 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 2 4 -3 3
17 Reims 3 0 1 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 -2 1
18 Metz 3 0 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 2 0 2 -3 0
19 Dijon 3 0 0 3 1 7 2 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 -6 0
20 Strasbourg 3 0 0 3 1 7 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 5 -6 0
Last season Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Paris Saint Germain 27 22 2 3 75 24 14 12 1 1 44 11 13 10 1 2 31 13 51 68
2 Olympique Marseille 28 16 8 4 41 29 14 8 4 2 21 14 14 8 4 2 20 15 12 56
3 Rennes 28 15 5 8 38 24 14 9 2 3 25 14 14 6 3 5 13 10 14 50
4 Lille 28 15 4 9 35 27 15 11 2 2 24 9 13 4 2 7 11 18 8 49
5 Reims 28 10 11 7 26 21 14 5 7 2 12 7 14 5 4 5 14 14 5 41
6 Nice 28 11 8 9 41 38 15 8 4 3 28 20 13 3 4 6 13 18 3 41
7 Olympique Lyonnais 28 11 7 10 42 27 13 5 4 4 17 7 15 6 3 6 25 20 15 40
8 Montpellier 28 11 7 10 35 34 14 10 2 2 26 10 14 1 5 8 9 24 1 40
9 Monaco 28 11 7 10 44 44 14 8 2 4 29 22 14 3 5 6 15 22 0 40
10 Angers SCO 28 11 6 11 28 33 15 8 3 4 20 13 13 3 3 7 8 20 -5 39
11 Strasbourg 27 11 5 11 32 32 13 7 3 3 22 14 14 4 2 8 10 18 0 38
12 Bordeaux 28 9 10 9 40 34 13 4 5 4 19 12 15 5 5 5 21 22 6 37
13 Nantes 28 11 4 13 28 31 14 6 2 6 11 11 14 5 2 7 17 20 -3 37
14 Brest 28 8 10 10 34 37 14 6 6 2 21 11 14 2 4 8 13 26 -3 34
15 Metz 28 8 10 10 27 35 14 5 4 5 18 17 14 3 6 5 9 18 -8 34
16 Dijon 28 7 9 12 27 37 14 6 6 2 20 15 14 1 3 10 7 22 -10 30
17 Saint-Étienne 28 8 6 14 29 45 14 4 6 4 15 18 14 4 0 10 14 27 -16 30
18 Nimes 28 7 6 15 29 44 14 6 2 6 17 15 14 1 4 9 12 29 -15 27
19 Amiens SC 28 4 11 13 31 50 14 3 5 6 17 23 14 1 6 7 14 27 -19 23
20 Toulouse 28 3 4 21 22 58 13 3 0 10 11 24 15 0 4 11 11 34 -36 13

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Ligue 1 is the top league in the French football league system. Seasons run from August to May with 20 teams playing a total of 380 fixtures. The team topping the league table after the final game is the champion of France, receiving the trophy L’Hexagoal. Ligue 1 is one of the top five European leagues.