FC Metz vs Paris SG Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 23/09/2021
In a clash between clubs from the extreme ends of the Ligue 1 standings, league leaders PSG travel to the Stade Saint-Symphorien where they face bottom-placed Metz. Paris Saint Germain maintained their 100% record in the league with a hard-fought 2-1 win over title rivals Olympique Lyon, with Mauro Icardi scoring the winning goal in the third minute of injury time.
There are a few injury concerns for the hosts ahead of the game. Kévin N’Doram and Thomas Delaine are expected to be on the sidelines on account of injuries. Manuel Cabit is still recovering from a serious accident and is a long-term absentee. Layvin Kurzawa and Colin Dagba have resumed training and could mark their return to the first team in this game. Marco Verratti, Juan Bernat and Sergio Ramos remain on the sidelines with injuries ahead of this trip to Northeastern France.
Metz have been in poor form since the beginning of the 2021-22 campaign and are winless after six games. They conceded thrice in the first half to suffer a 3-0 loss at Strasbourg last time around. The two sides have locked horns 64 times across all competitions. As one would expect, PSG have the upper hand in this fixture and have 37 wins to their name. They are on an 11-game winning run in this fixture at the moment.
Still without a win in the new Ligue 1 season, Metz succumbed to a first-half display of attacking brilliance from Julien Stephan’s Strasbourg in gameweek six as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at the Stade de la Meinau on Friday.
Habib Diallo netted twice after Ludovic Ajorque’s penalty had set Strasbourg on their way to a comfortable success in the sixth minute on a dreadful day for Metz goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja – who gave away the spot kick and should have done better with Diallo’s first effort.
With only three points to boast from the first 18 on offer in Ligue 1, Metz remain rooted to the foot of the division alongside Saint-Etienne – who boast an identical record to that of Les Grenats – while Brest only sit one point above as the third and final side yet to win this season.
Furthermore, a 5-1 thrashing of now-Ligue 2 side Dijon represents Metz’s only league victory in 17 games since the start of March, and their fortunes on home soil are even more of a concern, with Antonetti’s men winless in 11 games at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.
Lionel Messi snubbing Mauricio Pochettino’s handshake may have grabbed all the headlines following PSG’s encounter with Lyon, and matters on the field were just as dramatic, with Les Parisiens relying on a last-gasp header to hand them all three points.
Lyon’s creative hub Lucas Paqueta swept home the opener in the 54th minute at the Parc des Princes before Neymar won and converted a penalty 12 minutes later, and with the game seemingly set to end in a share of the spoils, Mauro Icardi met Kylian Mbappe’s cross to steal all three points for PSG right at the death.
Still able to boast a perfect record in the 2021-22 Ligue 1 season, PSG have established a five-point lead over second-placed Marseille at the top of the rankings – averaging three goals per game in that time – and they bounced back from their disappointing Champions League draw with Club Brugge in perfect fashion.
While Metz just cannot seem to produce the goods at home, PSG have had no such problems coming up trumps on the road, with Pochettino’s side travelling to the Stade Saint-Symphorien having won 10 and drawn one of their last 11 games in the top flight since defeat at Lorient in January.
Furthermore, Les Parisiens enter Wednesday’s game on a 10-match winning streak against Metz in Ligue 1, and they eased to a 3-1 win in this fixture back in April thanks to Mbappe’s brace and Icardi’s penalty.