This Saturday at 20:00, Olympique Lyonnais host the Football Club de Metz: a team fighting for its Ligue 1 survival.
The Lorraine-based club are fighting against relegation from Ligue 1. In the first match between the two sides this season, Metz were outclassed 4-0 by Gérard Houllier’s side at the Stade Saint-Symphorien in Week 12.
This Saturday will be the 38th Lyon-Metz at the Stade Gerland. The record: 23 Lyon wins, five defeats and nine draws.
The first meeting back in 1951/52 ended in a 2-2 draw. Lyon earned a good 4-2 win in 1954.
The Lyon wins: 23 victories in 37 matches. The biggest winning margin has been three goals: 3-0 in 1972/73 and 4-1 in 1977/78 and 2001/02.
Les Grenats haven’t enjoyed the greatest success at the Stade Gerland. In a little over 50 years they have won just five times. Lyon’s first defeat came in the 1968/69 season, 1-0, and then again, 4-2 the following year. The last Metz victory in Lyon dates back nearly ten years to 1997, 1-0.
In the nine draws there have been five 0-0s. The last five Lyon-Metz
Record: 4 Lyon victories and 1 draw
Goals: 10 scored, two conceded
Ahead of Round 30 of Ligue 1, FC Metz are currently 19th in the standings with four wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats. 21 goals for, 44 against. Away from home Metz are yet to win, with seven draws and eight losses. 11 goals for, 27 against.
FC Metz has had a terrible 2005/06 season. Their highest place was 16th in Round 2. Since then, Metz have never left the relegation zone. The club was very active during the winter transfer window, completing the signing ofAlioui (on loan, Perugia), Diakité (Vitoria Setubal), Pimenov (on loan Lokomotiv Moscow) and Youla (on loan, Besiktas). Several players left the club, most notably the Korean Ahn who joined German outfit Duisburg.
And things are going better with the side currently undefeated in their last five games, with two wins over Marseille and Monaco and three draws against Auxerre, Bordeaux and Nancy.