Metz rose from the relegation region courtesy of a win in their last league game and will be looking to make another big leap when they host Nice. The two sides are on opposite ends of the Ligue 1 table as they prepare for this clash; Metz in 16th place with 19 points and Nice are second on 39 points. Metz were the only winners among the bottom five teams in the last round, beating Reims 1-0, a result that saw them rise two points above the drop zone. It will be tougher here, as they face a side considered a title challenger. Twice in their last four matches, Metz have failed to score and they have managed more than a goal in just one of their last five matches. In Ligue 1 action, Metz have managed three wins only in the last 10 matches and they also have three clean sheets in the process. It hasn’t been great at home in Ligue 1; they have just one win in 18 matches, a 4-1 victory over struggling Lorient.
Nice have emerged as serious title challengers and they are the closest opposition to runaway leaders PSG. They were docked a point this season and they are 11 points behind the league leaders, though their space in the top four is really crowded. Nice have five straight wins ahead of this game and in those five games, they’ve scored two or more in four. They have two clean sheets in the process and coming from a 2-1 win over Nantes boosts their confidence ahead of this game. In Ligue 1 action, Nice have four straight wins and have scored two or more goals in each of the four matches, though they’ve managed just one clean sheet in their last five league games. Away from home in Ligue 1, they are unbeaten in five matches, with four wins in there and failed to score in just one – a 0-0 draw with league leaders PSG.
Metz are eyeing a second straight win to open up a gap from the relegation zone after their win in the last game. However, odds are stacked heavily against them here, as they face a side with a good run in recent games. Nice have four straight wins in the league and are unbeaten in five away league games. Back them to win this too.