Top flight football action returns in France on Friday following the international break, with PSG putting their 100% winning record up against bottom of the table Metz. Unai Emery’s men have made a fine start to the new campaign, while their opponents are yet to register a single point from their opening four matches.
Metz vs Paris Saint Germain
World Cup 2018 Qualifying – Stade Saint-Symphorien, Longeville-lès-Metz – Friday 8th September – 19:45 UK Time
Best Odd of: 18/1 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 9/1 at Ladbrokes
Best Odd of: 1/10 at Ladbrokes
Having scored 14 goals already in Ligue 1, PSG are the firm favourites for the title, as well as Friday’s clash in Metz. With the two teams having made completely different start to the season, many punters will be looking to this game when placing a football bet. As a result, let’s take a closer look at the two teams, along with their form and head-to-head record.
Metz Team News & Form
With just one goal and not a single point to their name so far this season, Metz face yet another difficult fixture on Friday. Having finished 14th in the Ligue 1 standings last time around, Metz have made a dreadful start to the campaign, with manager Philippe Hinschberger under pressure to deliver sooner rather than later. The home side will be looking to make things difficult for their more skilful opponents, with the likes of Nolan Reux and Ibrahima Niane hoping to offer a goalscoring threat on the counter attack.
PSG Team News & Form
Following his arrival on transfer deadline day from rivals Monaco, Kylian Mbappe is expected to make his PSG debut on Friday, with the youngster having performed well for France during the international break. His first appearance could well come from the substitutes bench, with fellow new signing, Neymar Jr, having shone since his arrival in Paris. The Brazilian three goals in three appearances for the French giants, with his partnership with Edison Cavani set to give Ligue 1 defences nightmares throughout the campaign. PSG undoubtedly now have one of the best squads in the whole of Europe, with the likes of Dani Alves, Marco Verratti and Thiago Silva among their star names. However, with PSG’s South American players not set to arrive back in France until late on in the week, Emery could well make changes to their starting line-up. Following his hat-trick for Belgium, Thomas Meunier could well earn a first start of the campaign, along with Julian Draxler and Presnel Kimpembe.
Head to Head
The duo met twice in Ligue 1 last season, with PSG coming out on top on both occasions. However, they were made to work hard at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, with an injury time winner from former midfielder Blaise Matuidi handing them a dramatic 3-2 victory. A last victory for Metz dates back to 2006, when the home side came out on top with a narrow 1-0 scoreline.
Betting Odds and Predictions
With Metz being the underdogs for victory, with William Hill offering them odds of 18/1, it is clear to see that PSG are the firm favourites on Friday evening. However, with the same bookmakers offering the visitors odds of 1/10 on, those looking for significant winnings are going to have to look at more diverse markets. Backing them to win both the first and second half is one method worth considering, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 2/5 for this market.
Top Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip is to back PSG and under 3.5 goals, which can be found at odds of 8/5 at Ladbrokes.