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Strasbourg – Metz picks

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They've finished on 11th position last season in Ligue 1 but they managed to win the Coupe de la Ligue wich automatically sent them into qualification stages of Europe League. They already played 3 matches in the new season managing to get past Maccabi Haifa in the round 2 and they've won the first leg against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in round 3.

They managed to keep their entire team from last season losing only two players Salmier and Pablo Martinez, those being replaced by Alexander Djiku from Caen and Lamine Koné from Sunderland. The captain Stefan Mitrovic scored the victory goal in minute 11, just 1 minute after the bulgarian team received a red card 

Strasbourg  possible lineup(3-5-2): Sels; Djiku, Mitrovic, Kone; Carole, Lienard, Martin, Sissoko, Lala; Ajorque, Costa.


They managed to win the last season in League 2 so now they've been promoted to the elite league with the big teams. They played 7 friendly matches this summer but they've only recorded 2 wins, losing 3 of them and 2 ending in a draw. They kept a lot of the players from the last season, Cafú, Gauthier Hein, Jonathan Rivierez, Iván Balliu, Emmanuel Rivière being some players that were not so important and thats why they left the team. 

The players who left the team made enough place for the newcomers Thierry Ambrose and Victorien Angban from England and also Fabien Centonze and Kévin N’Doram, the last one coming as a loan from Monaco. Fabien Centonze, Papa Ndiaga Yade and Sami Lahssaini are all injuried and will miss this match. 

Metz possible lineup (4-3-3): Oukidja; Cabit, Boye, Sunzu, Centonze; Gakpa, Angban, Cohade; Boulaya, Diallo, Niane.


This is surely not going to be an easy match for Strasbourg because they have to face the new promoted team wich is very motivated and has a lot of offensive players sitting at a pretty good value on the market. 

So I don't remove the possibility of Strasbourg receiving a goal in this match or even losing this match because they are also coming after the match in Europe League in Bulgaria.

Still i think Strasbourg is the better and stronger team that has more experience in Ligue 1 and they should be able to win at least one half half from this match as they've proven in 6 out of their last 7 matches winning them all. 

My pick for this match is Strasbourg to win either half. 

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