Ligue 2 Week 25 – Previews
As we begin to approach the business end of the season, we preview two big matches which take place this weekend, which may have a major bearing on places at the top and bottom of the table come the end of the season.
AS Nancy-Lorraine vs FC Metz Friday 5 February 19:00 by @FRfootballWillG
The Lorraine derby is set to be a hotly contested top of the table affair once again. Nancy sit in second place, with Pablo Correa overseeing a real promotion charge this season that shouldn’t tail off as it did at the end of last year. With the tightest defence in the league (just 18 conceded) and a free scoring front line they, along with Dijon, have been the front runners this campaign, though form has stuttered just slightly of late, leaving them a point behind Dijon. Nancy have had excellent contributions from all across the team, with Maurice Dale notching seven, Julien Cetout and Anthony Robic just behind him with six and the evergreen Youssouf Hadji bagging five. Correa’s depth of squad is perhaps what will get them over the line this year, and they will be confident of getting the bragging rights here against their fan-less neighbours.
As with the first game that finished as a stalemate at Saint-Symphorien, there will be no away supporters allowed into the ground due to ongoing concerns over crowd trouble between the clubs.
The last match was a relatively dull affair, though it has already grown more interesting given the absence of talismanic young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon. Didillon tweeted on Thursday that he would miss the match, and it was later revealed on the official site that he is ruled out due to a toe injury caused by a ‘domestic incident’. Metz do have an in-form striker on their hands though, with Troyes loanee Christian Bekamenga, who failed at Lens, getting four goals in his first three starts and looking like the striker they need. Despite their often languid style of play, Metz have got back into the top three after three consecutive wins and they will be hoping to continue their good form in the derby.