• Lille are unbeaten in their last 12 encounters with Metz in Ligue 1 (W8, D4).
  • Lille have only lost once in their last 11 season opening games in Ligue 1 (W6, D4).
  • Lille have only lost once in their last 15 league games (W8, D6).
  • Since 1997/98, the Ligue 2 title holder has managed to stay up after being promoted 14 times out of 16.
  • Metz will play their 58th season in the top-flight, only Marseille (65), Bordeaux and St Etienne (62) have more amongst the current Ligue 1 teams.
  • Metz have only won four of their last 55 away league games (D18, L33).
  • Metz have won none of their last 10 league games played in August (D4, L6).
  • Salomon Kalou has been involved in 18 of Lille’s last 28 league goals (13 goals, 5 assists).