In the first of our tips, champions PSG host lowly Metz at the Parc des Princes in what is a game of some importance for the visitors.
PSG have already been confirmed champions of the division for a record-equalling 10th time after their 1-1 draw against Lens at the backend of April, which meant that they equalled Saint-Etienne’s haul of 10.
With the title all sewn up PSG do not have much to play for here, but the division’s top goal-scorer Kylian Mbappe (25 goals) will be looking to score in this game to pull away from 2nd-place Wissam Ben Yedder (24 goals) and claim the 4th Ligue 1 top-scorer award of his career.
For Metz, they currently sit in 18th on 31 points and are condemned to a bottom-three finish for this season, but they can still avoid automatic relegation. A win against PSG on Saturday will confirm their spot in the relegation/promotion playoff to face either Auxerre or Sochaux.
Metz will come into the match with hope though, as although a defeat is likely against PSG, their goal difference is a lot better than 19th-placed Saint-Etienne, so a defeat by a large margin would not be too troubling. As long as Metz try to concede as little as possible and Saint-Etienne don’t thrash ninth-place Nantes, they will avoid automatic relegation and thus are left with a chance of top-flight survival.
Despite all this, Metz will be fearful going into the game due to their horrid record against the champions – they have lost 12 and drawn once in their last 13 matches against PSG, with Les Grenats last picking up a win against PSG 16 years ago, when a late Szabolcs Huszti goal helped them to a 1-0 win back in 2006.
However, we do not expect a shock result for Metz here – we expect them to be thrashed by the champions. Kylian Mbappe will be looking to end the season with the top scorer award so will be hungry for goals here, and Lionel Messi will be desperate to finish off a rather poor season with a memorable performance, so expect him to be among the goals in this one.