Sep 20, 2014 at 7pm UK at ​Stade Saint-Symphorien
Metz
3-1
Bastia
Krivets (14'), Milan (64'), Falcon (74')
Metanire (7')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Ayite (42')
Modesto (81')

Team News: Yeni Ngbakoto and Juan Falcon lead Metz attack against Bastia

Metz's French forward Yeni Ngbakoto gestures after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between FC Metz and FC Nantes on August 16, 2014
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Newly-promted Metz start with a 4-4-2 formation featuring both Yeni Ngbakoto and Juan Falcon as they prepare to take on Bastia in their Ligue 1 clash.

Newly-promoted Metz have decided to start with a strike partnership of Yeni Ngbakoto and Juan Falcon as they welcome Bastia in Ligue 1 this evening.

The home side's front pair are to be suppored by a four-man midfield, which includes the creative Sergey Krivets and Florent Malouda, while captain Romain Metanire will marshall his side from defence.

The away side have settled on a more conservative formation, with a 4-5-1 seeing Gadji Tallo starting as a lone striker.

Bastia's forward will look for help from the likes of captain Yannick Cahuzac and Floyd Ayite, who are part of a midfield four.

Metz: Mfa; Milan, Choplin, Bussmann, Lejeune, Ngbakoto, Ndaw, Krivets, Falcon, Malouda, Metanire

Bastia: Areola; Squillaci, Romaric, Palmieri, Peybernes, Ayite, Cahuzac, Gillet, Ongenda, Tallo, Maboulou

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