Metz - OL : A final rehearsal not to be missed before Juve (8:45 p.m. on Canal + Sport)
After a thrilling start to the year in terms of results (seven wins in as many games in January), OL are treading water. The club fell away to Nice (2-1) and PSG (4-2) while conceding two draws at Groupama Stadium against Amiens (0-0) and Strasbourg (1-1). Two points in four games is obviously not enough and this 11th place in the ranking does not really suit Jean-Michel Aulas' players. This trip to Metz, anodyne at first sight, now takes on a whole different scale.
The 2019-2020 edition of Ligue 1 is rather unique. There is the impression that anyone can beat everyone, which gives a very dense feel to the table. The third placed side, Rennes, and the thirteenth, Nantes, are only eight points apart. Between these two teams, a plethora of clubs are fighting to grab a European place. Among them is OL; at 11th in the table, Lyon will aim to get out of this packand move ahead. Thus, each point counts and if there is to be a crazy recovery, it will have to start in Metz. All of the other chances have already gone begging. The second challenge will be to reassure ourselves a few days before facing the eight-time defending Italian champion, Juventus.
On Metz's side, the year had started well before running out of steam in the last few weeks. After an early elimination from the Coupe de France in Rouen (3-0), they had three wins in a row in Ligue 1 against Strasbourg (1-0), Reims (0-1) and St-Etienne (3-1) before conceding a draw in Montpellier (1-1) and Nantes (0-0) and losing at home to Bordeaux (1-2). As a result, they distanced themselves from the first relegation place (Amiens, 21 points, against 28). If they are still within range of Dijon in the play-off place (two points ahead), they have at least given themselves some air. The Mosellans will in any case play for their survival until the end of the season and give plenty of effort. It’s up to OL to make the difference.