Both sides have lost two consecutive games in the league so will view this fixture as an opportunity to get their season back on track.
After finishing fifth in Ligue 1 last season, crashing out of the Europa League at the group stages and occupying 14th position two-thirds into the domestic campaign has to be marked as a disappointing season thus far.
However, with a seven-point cushion over Nantes in 18th place, at least relegation is a very remote concern. Ursea's side must begin defending better soon, though, with last weekend's 3-2 defeat to Marseille highlighting defensive concerns.
Amine Gouiri continues to star for the South of France outfit, though, having bagged eight league goals already this season. Ursea will be hoping the 21-year-old can shine against Metz once again on Sunday.
Having occupied a top half position for the majority of the campaign, Frederic Antonetti may be mildly concerned with his side losing back-to-back matches in recent weeks.
Last weekend's 2-1 defeat at home to Strasbourg was a particularly gruelling one for the 59-year-old and his group of players to cope with, having taken the lead in the 17th-minute via Thomas Delaine's opener.
With only Ligue 1's top-three sides boasting a stronger defensive record so far this season, generally when Metz take the lead they hold onto it. However, Adrien Thomasson's brace flipped the game on its head and inflicted defeat on the hosts.
However, given that they are eighth and only three points behind Rennes in fifth, as well as remaining in the French Cup, Metz are still on course for a hugely successful season.
Nice Ligue 1 form: WLLWLL
Nice form (all competitions): LLWWLL
Metz Ligue 1 form: WWWDLL
Metz form (all competitions): WWDLWL
Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will be hoping for a start after being used from the substitutes' bench in the defeat to Marseille.
Nice possible starting lineup:
Benitez; Pelmard, Robson, Nsoki, Kamara; Lopes, Claude-Maurice, Boudaoui, Lees-Melou, Trouillet; Gouiri
Metz possible starting lineup:
Oukidja; Bronn, Kouyate, Boye; Centonze, Sarr, Maiga, Delaine; Yade, Boulaya; Goncalves
We say: Nice 1-1 Metz
We can envisage a draw between two well-matched teams on Sunday.
Neither side are likely to play with much confidence after disappointing defeats in recent weeks, so may be happy to come out of the game unscathed.