Evian’s efforts in the midweek away at PSG are worthy of praise. They lost in the end 1-0 but they played in 10 for about half hour and still PSG’s goal came very late.
Of course PSG dominated in a brutal manner but still Evian had their share of chances, were not afraid to hit back on counters, and at one point coach Dupraz even made an offensive change, while in numerical inferiority (defensive midfielder out – offensive midfielder in).
Evian were once again very organized and successfully closed ranks in front of players like Cavani and Lavezzi.
The chances for Evian to relegate are only mathematical but even so that should add a bit of extra motivation.
Hosts will have to do without fullback Abdallah who got a red card last round.
St Etienne were a bit of a let down last round against Rennes (finished 0-0). Their entire attacking phase consisted of long balls thrown inside the penalty box.
Wingers Gradel and Hamouma looked uninspired and always in a hurry. They didn’t had enough patience to take opponents out of play and instead rushed with long balls. Overall they seemed uncomfortable having the ball.
Defensively St Etienne didn’t had to make much efforts as opponents didn’t really created many chances.
St Etienne will once again miss Brandao who is suspended.
This will be a difficult encounter and odds on St Etienne seem a bit too low to fully reflect their lack of creativity and opponents’ increased level of organization. Motivation is there for both sides so there are good chances this will be first of all a physical game.
UPDATE: No surprises in the squads.
Evian: Hansen, Laquait – Sabaly, Wass, Mongongu, Mensah, Angoula, Cambon, Sorlin, Tié Bi, Koné, Boccara, Barbosa, Betoglio, Benezet, Ruben, Bérigaud, Sougou, Nsikulu, De Melo
St Etienne: Ruffier, J.Moulin – Trémoulinas, Perrin, Bayal, Brison, K.Zouma, Clerc – Corgnet, Cohade, Lemoine, Clément, Diomandé – Tabanoun Erding, Hamouma, Gradel, Mollo