Caen were under heavy pressure last week away at Montpellier and in the end they were lucky to concede only once (Montpellier won 1-0).
They appeared to be slow, uninspired and limited in skills. Things may improve a bit in the future, especially if young winger Karamoh won’t transfer and will start playing again. At the moment he is courted by many clubs and his future at Caen is uncertain.
It seems that long balls will once again play a major role in Caen’s game plan. Normally wingers should be more involved in creating chances, but last round both Rodelin and Bazile seemed a bit confused.
St Etienne took Nice by surprise last round and found the net after only a few minutes. They continued to apply pressure but couldn’t increase the lead (St Etienne won 1-0).
Winger Hamouma should be a key player this season, but at the moment it seems he lacks form. Last round he was substituted early in second half after making a couple of errors.
This week St Etienne transferred 3 more players: fullbacks Katranis and Silva, and midfielder Hernani. Not really sure how much of a difference these players can make, as they don’t have a reputation on the international stage. All 3 of them made the trip to Caen.
Caen’s defender Da Silva is back from injury.
I don’t think St Etienne deserves our trust, at least not yet. Better to skip this one.
Caen: Rémy Vercoutre, Brice Samba – Frédéric Guilbert, Romain Genevois, Alexander Djiku, Damien Da Silva, Emmanuel Imorou, Vincent Bessat – Durel Avounou, Adama Mbengue, Jonathan Delaplace, Jordan Leborgne, Stef Peeters, Julien Féret – Ivan Santini, Ronny Rodelin, Hervé Bazile, Christian Kouakou
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin, Guendouz – Theophile-Catherine, Katranis, Lacroix, Silva, Janko, Perrin, Pierre-Gabriel – Dabo, Diousse, Selnaes, Hernani, Maiga – Diony, Tannane, Bamba, Hamouma, Beric.