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Saint Etienne vs Monaco: Match Preview and Prediction

Saint Etienne vs Monaco: Match Preview and Prediction

This is the clash of two reviving teams in Ligue 1 this season. Both have been rising from the bottom of the table to the middle. Saint Etienne is on the 14th of the standings while Monaco is just above them. The host has been in a positive trend after appointing the former Lyon, Southampton and Leicester City boss, Claude Puel. They have been unbeaten in their last six games, including thumping Lyon and Bordeaux. Monaco has the similar fairly positive result too. They have won five times and lost once in their last six matches. Today they will be squaring off in Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St. Etienne.

St.Etienne news:

Saint Etienne has been quite impressive since the arrival of Claude Puel. Two wins and two draws should be good for a start. However, they should be aware of their result in the last two games, which happened to be at home. Yann M’Villa and Co have been unable to secure three points. They were held in a 1-1 draw against FC Olexandriya (Ukraine) in Europa League and another tie game in 2-2 draw while hosting Amiens last week.

Monaco news:

AS Monaco has similar trend. Aparat from the loss while visiting Montpellier, Leonardo Jardim’s men have always won the game. Last week, they clinch a three point in their away match against the current runner up, Nantes by a single goal of Wissam Ben Yedder. This midweek, they beat Marseille 2-1 in French League cup.

Missing players and probable lineups:

Claude Puel apparently prefers to continue the favourite formation of his predecessor, 3-4-1-2. He will be focusing on building more solid defence and improvement on the attacking side. Unfortunately, quite a number of players will be rested such as Charles Abi due to broken metatarsal, Loic Perrin (suspended), Yohann Cabaye and Kevin Monnet-Paquet.

Saint Etienne: Jessy Moulin; Mathieu Debuchy, Timothee Kolodziejczak, Harold Moukoudi; Yann M’Vila, Zeydou Youssouf, Miguel Trauco, Denis Bouanga ; Ryad Boudebouz ; Wahbi Khazri, Robert Beric.

Meanwhile, Leonardo Jardim mainly opts for 3-5-2 formation relying on two deadly strikers, Wissam Ben Yedder and Islam Slimani. The latter turns out to be capable of second striker role, which has never been seen during his time in Leicester City before. This duet has scored 14 goals and the Algerian forward has been the top assists maker so far. Unfortunately, some key players will be sidelined due to their injury, including Slimani himself, Cesc Fabregas, Daniel Sjubasic and Stevan Jovetic.

Monaco: Benjamin Lacomte; Kamil Glik, Jemmerson, Guillermo Maripan; Tiemoue Bakayoko, Gil Dias, Alexandre Golovin, Gelson Martins, Adrien Silva; Wissam Ben Yedder, Keita Balde.

Match facts:

Their record in the head-to-head meetings is quite even. St.Etienne has won twice while Monaco did it three times in their last six encounters. Nevertheless, the host has been unbeaten in the nine of ten home games against Monaco.

Prediction:

Saint Etienne might have the advantage to play at their home turf but it will not be easy. Alexander Golovin and Co have more dangerous attacking side even without Islam Slimani. Keita Balde is the suitable replacement and have been experienced in big teams in Italian Serie A with Inter and Lazio previously. Thus, Monaco might snatch three points here.

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