Everything about Paris Saint-Germain vs FC Metz!
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A little history...
Tonight's match will be the 78th official meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and Metz. The balance sheet shows 44 wins, 15 draws and 18 defeats for the Parisians.
FC Metz brings back a lot of good memories for the capital club: it was against the Lorraine club that Les Rouge et Bleu played their first match at the Parc des Princes in the first division. On 13 August 1974, Parisians and Messins drew 2-2.
Paris Saint-Germain also remains on a 9-game winning streak against FC Metz, dating back to 18 August 2007 (0-0 in Lorraine). A 10th consecutive success for the Rouge et Bleu would allow them to enter the club's top 5 of the longest winning runs.
The capital club has not been beaten in official matches by FC Metz at the Parc des Princes for 22 years, and remains on a 15-game unbeaten run (12 wins and 3 draws). On 30 March 1996, the Parisians lost 3-2.
21 players have played for both teams: Albert Baning, Denis Bauda, Milan Bisevac, Jules Bocandé, François Calderaro, Eric Cubilier, Mevlüt Erding, Thomas Kokkinis, Bernard Lama, Lionel Letizi, Claude Lowitz, Patrick Mboma, Bartholomew Ogbeche, Grégory Paisley, Francis Piasecki, Alain Polaniok, Cyril Pouget, Philippe Redon, Romain Rocchi, Bruno Rodriguez and Jean-Philippe Séchet.
François M'Pelé is the top scorer for Paris Saint-Germain against Metz, with 7 goals. He is ahead of Mustapha Dahleb, who scored all his goals in Lorraine, Dominique Rocheteau (6) and Safet Susic (5).
After 1-0 losses to Lens and Marseille to start the 2020-21 Ligue 1 season, Paris Saint-Germain need to get back to winning ways.
The Parisians have never started a season with 3 straight league defeats, and had only started with 2 defeats on only 3 occasions (in 1976-1977, 1978-1979 and 1984-1985).
At the Parc des Princes in official matches, the Red and Blue have not been beaten twice in a row at home in Ligue 1 since the defeats against Monaco (0-1, on 20/01/2010) and Lorient (0-3, on 06/02/2010).
Keys to success...
Against FC Metz, the Parisian strikers will have to find the net in Ligue 1 this season: never in the history of the club from the capital, Les Rouge et Bleu have never started in the league by not scoring a goal in their first 3 matches in the first division.