L1/L2 play-offs: first round at Geoffroy Guichard between AS Saint-Etienne and FC Metz

L1/L2 play-offs: first round at Geoffroy Guichard between AS Saint-Etienne and FC Metz
L1/L2 play-offs: first round at Geoffroy Guichard between AS Saint-Etienne and FC Metz

11 days after his last championship match lost at home against PSG (0-2), FC Metz therefore returns to the field, this Thursday, at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium, with the first leg, against AS St-Etienne, who won the play off for promotion to L2. Objective: resist the atmosphere of the Cauldron and not compromise its chances of maintaining.

“You have to be mentally strong”

For this penultimate pre-match press conference of the season, the Romanian technician of FC Metz revealed that the Gambian midfielder Ablie Jallow, absent against PSG, was still uncertain. He suffered a knock to the knee in training before the match against Paris. All the other players, apart from Asoro and Tetteh who have been sidelined for several weeks, are operational.

So much for the physical. Concerning the Messin heads, very damaged after having missed the direct maintenance, the coach Bölöni assured that his players were now 100% focused on the play-offs. ” You also have to be mentally strong, for this first match, in the Cauldron “, added the Metz coach.

The Mikautadze – Cardona duel

These play-offs will be marked by match in the match between two scorers in form: Stéphanois Irvin Cardona, author of nine goals since his arrival during the winter transfer window in Forez, and Messin Georges Mikautadze, who has scored 13 times this season in the League 1.

Having passed through the Olympique Lyonnais training center, Georges Mikautadze has already scored twice last season against the Saint-Etienne club. Irvin Cardona also likes to play against FC Metz. During the 2020/21 season, the striker notably scored a double with Stade Brestois at St Symphorien.

A look back: the Greens far above

All competitions combined, FC Metz and ASSE have faced each other 118 timess. The Greens have won 62 matches, the Garnets have only won 27 matches and there have been 29 draws.

Last season in Ligue 2, the Croix de Lorraine club won both championship matches against the Greens: 3-2 in the first leg at St Symphorien, and 3-1 at Chaudron in the return.

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FC Metz supporters subject to prefectural decree

The prefect of the Loire has just issued a supervisory order for this first leg of the play-offs, described as sensitive by the authorities. Only FC Metz supporters traveling by bus and mini-bus, and who will benefit from a police escort, will be able to go to the visitors’ parking lot at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard. All others are prohibited from going to the Greens’ premises.

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