Incredibly poor defending from Evian last week against Reims and their Ligue1 adventure is most likely over (Reims won 3-2).
Offensive players Sunu and Duhamel, who were transferred-in this winter, did their job and scored a goal each but it was all in vain since Evian simply got trashed on the flanks. Central defenders weren’t any better than fullbacks and had only a few successful interventions in the entire game.
With only 2 points in the last 6 vital rounds and only 1 clean sheet you can’t exactly stay another season in Ligue1… Most probably transfer deals have already been offered to some of Evian’s important players and their minds are elsewhere.
Hosts will miss central defender Nounkeu. This should be no reason to worry as his place in the lineup will be taken by Mongongu who is at the same mediocre level.
After the losing 2 weeks ago at Bastia St Etienne bounced back in style and simply destroyed Nice (won 5-0). It was a one sided encounter in which St Etienne’s midfielders made the best of their skills.
Coach Galtier switched back to the classic 4-2-3-1 formula after playing without a central attacking midfielder two rounds ago (lost 1-0 at Bastia). Besides winger Hamouma who suffered an injury St Etienne should use the same lineup as last week.
This is the only encounter in Ligue1 this round in which both sides need points and should do everything in their power to get them. But Evian are in desperate need of points for a couple of rounds already and there was absolutely no improvement in their performances, on the contrary, their defense got weaker with each new round. Against in-form and confident St Etienne (who are aiming at Europa League and have good chances to be there next season) Evian’s defenders will have even more headaches than usual. St Etienne -0.5 at 1.91
UPDATE: Evian’s midfielder Wass was left outside the squad. St Etienne will be without fullback Clerc.
Evian: Leroy, Hansen – Abdallah, Fall, Juelsgaard, Cambon, Mongongu, A.Angoula – Tejeda, Thomasson, Sorlin, D.Koné, Ninkovic – Sunu, Nsikulu, Sougou, Blandi, Ramirez, Duhamel, Nielsen
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Brison, F.Pogba, L.Perrin, Bayal, Tabanou, Baysse – Clément, Corgnet, Nguemo, Lemoine, Diomandé – Gradel, Erding, Mollo, Monnet-Paquet, van Wolfswinkel