FC Metz is one of the hottest sides in France like now. Marseille lead the way, but Metz run of three victories in a row has seen them climb to fifth in the league and five points behind OM. All three wins have occurred since former Chelsea winger Florent Malouda joined the club on a free transfer. It just shows how much a little bit of experience can add to a sides success.
As they try to make it four wins in a row, they travel to 19th place Evian Thonon Gaillard in what sounds like an easy game, but Les Roses have won two in a row and are always a tough side to beat at the Parc des Sports
Malouda and Co. will have to be at their best if they want to climb the table further. Alongside Malouda, it is worth keeping an eye on left-back Gaetan Bussmann, playmaker Sergey Krivets and young winger Yeni N’Gbakoto, all three have impressed as Metz have surprised the league this season.
After a very successful time at Real Sociedad, Philippe Montanier was expected to turn around the fortunes of Stade Rennais, but now in his second season we have still to see the improvements.
The side from Brittany have now lost three in a row and now face Racing Club de Lens in what has become a must-win game for Montanier. The French Coach signed 11 players this summer, plunging the club into another season of transition.
Defeat at home to Toulouse was followed by an away loss to Bordeaux. They now face a club that was banned from signing any players in the summer, Rennes need to find a win at any cost. Lens is a young team, but they have played some fantastically determined football and look like a team playing to their strengths.
If they play with the desire they have shown in recent weeks, they could give Rennes a tough game, but the home side should come out on top. If not, Montanier could be in big trouble.
Evian vs Metz and Rennes vs Lens both kick off at 7pm UK time.