Both of these teams have glorious past behind them, but one of them can’t be too proud of the present. I’m talking about Monaco, a team that has only six points after seven rounds of the French Ligue 1. They need points ASAP, but getting them on Friday evening at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard won’t be easy as Saint Etienne have been terrific at home. Nevertheless, Monaco will have to go all-in, but will it be enough? Find out in this St. Etienne vs Monaco Match Preview.
St. Etienne are flying high right now, with 12 points after seven rounds. If they keep on playing this well, they have every right to hope for a spot on the Euro stage at the end of the season. But, it’s a long way until then, we’re not yet even at the quarter mark of the season. They will have to work hard in order to stay near the top of the table.
What this means is that there’s no rest for St. Etienne. Even though they’ve been playing well so far, it doesn’t mean they can relax. They have a pretty tough schedule ahead and need to do their utmost in order to win as many points as possible. This includes winning three points against Monaco as well.
In normal circumstances, St. Etienne would not be favorites against Monaco, but considering how poorly the visitors have been playing, the hosts have every right to hope to win all three points. Speaking of form, St. Etienne have won two previous games, before which they lost to PSG. Actually, the defeat to the current champions is their only loss this season, which is a proof of their good form.
Their good form hasn’t come by accident. St. Etienne have some really good players in their squad, starting with Stephane Ruffier, one of the best goalkeepers in the league. They also have a pretty decent back line, with Kolodziejczak, Gabriel Silva, and Subotic being their key men. In the center of the pitch, Yann M’Villa and Remy Cabella are the men to watch, while their most lethal attackers are Wahbi Khazri and Lois Dioni.
With such footballers in the team, St. Etienne do seem capable of beating Monaco on Friday. But, the visiting team will have their say as well. Let’s see what kind of jokers they have up their sleeve!
This is the team that finished second on the Ligue 1 table last season, so everyone was expecting them to play well this season as well. But, so far, they’ve been very disappointing. Monaco have won only one match so far, even though seven rounds have passed.
The worst thing is that their form doesn’t seem to get better. Actually, it’s getting worse and worse. Last Tuesday, they played against newcomers in the top French flight, Angers, who beat them 1:0. What’s really shocking about that game is that it was played at Monaco’s stadium, where they’re famously tough to beat.
One of the reasons why they might not be playing well is that they’ve been missing a couple of key men for a while now. Their first-choice goalkeeper, Danijel Subasic is injured, same as two top-class forwards, Rony Lopes and Stefan Jovetic.
St. Etienne absentees:
- Mathieu Debuchy
- Danijel Subasic
- Stefan Jovetic
- Rony Lopes
- Ronael Pierre-Gabriel
- Willem Geubbels
Ruffier, Subotic, Saliba, Gabriel Silva, Kolodziejczak – M’Villa, Diousse, Monnet-Paquet, Nordin, Cabella – Diony
Benaglio – Glik, Jemerson, Sidibe, Henrichs – Tielemans, Aholou, Golovin, Chadli, Diop – Falcao
St. Etienne vs Monaco Match Prediction
St. Etienne need to take advantage of Monaco’s disastrous form, as such opportunities do not come too often. They do have the team capable of that, but so do Monaco. So, if you’re worried the hosts won’t be able to win all three points, go with double chance.
St. Etienne vs Monaco Betting Tips
- Double Chance 1X @1.40 (1XBet)
- Etienne @2.25 (bet365)