St Etienne were surprisingly efficient last week away at Guingamp. Midfielders were once again the ones doing most of the job. They constantly provided a helping hand for defenders, and also found resources to participate in the attacking phase. St Etienne won 2-0, and of course both goals were scored by midfielders (central midfielder Pajot and winger Hamouma).
It’s worth mentioning that opponents were demoralized after being eliminated from Coupe de France, and it eased St Etienne’s job. It won’t be that easy against Bordeaux, who are fighting for the 4th place.
Hosts will miss defenders M’Bengue and Pogba, and midfielder Corgnet.
Bordeaux had a difficult game last week away at Dijon, and in the end they were a bit lucky to get away with a point (finished 0-0). Opponents were extremely determined in the attempt to escape the relegation zone, and it looked like Bordeaux were in numerical inferiority.
Bordeaux increased rhythm lately in the attempt to qualify for Europa League, but it won’t be easy, since Lyon have 1 point advantage and also a game in hand. Most probably the final round will be decisive, as Lyon will host Nice.
Forward Rolan recovered from injury and is once again available.
St Etienne may be more motivated in the next two rounds, seeing they will be up against PSG and Monaco. A balanced encounter should be expected, with Bordeaux concentrating primarily on not making any errors. Another 0-0 is not out of the question.
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Saint-Etienne : Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Polomat, Lacroix, Perrin, Malcuit, Pierre-Gabriel – Pajot, Saivet, Veretout, Selnaes, Lemoine, H.Maiga – Hamouma, Monnet-Paquet, Beric, Nordin, Ghezali
Bordeaux : C.Carrasso, Prior – Contento, Gajic, Sabaly, Lewczuk, Pallois, Jovanovic – Arambarri, Plasil, Sankharé, Toulalan, Vada, Maurice-Belay – Kamano, Laborde, Malcom, Rolan, Ounas