FC METZ- RC LENS
Top two sides in Ligue 2 meet in a mouth watering encounter at Saint-Symphorien and both seem booked for a swift return to the top flight, following relegation last season. They are building up a head of steam and starting to pull away from the pack, Lens already have an seven point lead over the fourth placed team and the biggest club in the division, should be able to coast over the finishing line.
Metz still have plenty of work to do, but do hold a two point advantage over Montpellier (4th) whom they defeated 3-1 last week, that scoreline doesn't really do them justice, as they were value for at least a couple of goals more. That performance would have done wonders for their confidence and they have raised their game against all the top teams this season, including winning the reverse fixture 1-0.
The goals are flowing at present, they are unbeaten in five, during which they have scored 15 goals, a huge number in a league where the average match only produces 2.35 per game. They have really impressed me recently and play with a great belief in their own ability, what I especially like is that they do not panic if falling behind and rarely sit on a lead. Looking at the table, it is clear that their need is a little greater than that of the current leader's and IMO their current form is better, so giving up just a quarter ball, I can only go one way.
Lens are themselves on a four match unbeaten run, but have, if anything, underperformed against the stronger sides and do not find goals quite so easy to come by, with just 13 in their last 11 starts. Both teams will be very close to full strength.
5.5 points Metz -1/4 ball 2.13 asian line.