Marseille will be looking to build on a bright start to the new Ligue 1 season this weekend when they travel to Metz. The hosts currently sit bottom of the standings after a big defeat on matchday one.
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It promises to be a big week for Marseille, as they have a Ligue 1 match against Metz on Friday, which comes in the middle of a crucial Champions League qualifier against Panathinaikos. The French club will be targeting another Champions League finish this term, and there will be hope that they can edge closer toward the top of the Ligue 1 standings.
Marseille made a bright start to the new campaign, as they picked up maximum points in their opening match of the season against Reims. It was a nervy finish to that match for the hosts, but they appeared comfortable after coming from behind to get into a 2-1 lead. Their equalising goal in front of their home fans was scored by Azzedine Ounahi, before the winner was netted by Vitinha with just under 20 minutes of the 90 remaining.
It was a weekend to forget for Metz, as they suffered a big defeat on the road. The loss means that they currently sit bottom of the Ligue 1 standings, but there is more than enough time to get back on track. They didn’t start that game badly, as they were locked at 1-1 following Youssef Maziz’s equaliser after 21 minutes.
However, Rennes scored four goals in the second period to runaway with maximum points. Metz managed just 29% of the possession, and registered three shots on target compared to 14 managed by the hosts. A response will be needed on Friday.
Metz vs Marseille Head to Head
Marseille is unbeaten in seven Ligue 1 matches against Metz. However, their only win in the previous five encounters was secured in this exact fixture in February 2022. Four of the previous five have ended in draws.
Metz vs Marseille Prediction
Metz will need to respond following a poor showing in their opening match. However, this will be a tricky showdown against Marseille, who looked lively in the final third in their opening match. Therefore, we will be siding with the away side winning maximum points in Ligue 1 on Friday.
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