St Etienne emerged victorious last round after a difficult game away at Evian. Possession was evenly distributed but St Etienne were the ones creating truly dangerous scoring opportunities. In the end the 2-1 victory was well deserved and St Etienne still have a chance to play in Europe next season.
At the moment St Etienne are outside the European zone but they do have a shot both at Europa League and even Champions League. The thing is besides winning their own game St Etienne also depend on other result (they need Marseille or Monaco to make a wrong step).
Maybe recent games aren’t as one sided as they should be considering the powerful midfield, but St Etienne are very efficient (something they lacked in the first part of the season) and successfully convert all their major opportunities.
In comparison to last round St Etienne will miss suspended midfielder Clement.
Guingamp won last round against Toulouse 2-1 but struggled a bit and were under constant pressure, especially after defender Kerbrat got a red card (will miss this game). Fullback Lemaitre also suffered an injury and was substituted early in the game (most likely he will miss this game as well).
After the red card Guingamp concentrated fully on preserving the lead and getting a final victory on home ground. It was expected for Guingamp to increase efforts in-front of own fans, but now away at St Etienne they have no reasons to push beyond boundaries.
Guest may also miss important forward Beauvue who suffered an injury.
Without 3 regular players and no motivation Guingamp will be constantly cornered and hosts should easily get the 3 points. The only emotions will be when waiting for the Monaco’s and Marseille’s results. St Etienne -1.75 at 2.04
UPDATE: St Etienne will also miss fullbacks Clerc and Tabanou and forward Erding. Guingamp will also miss midfielders Sankhare and Yatabare due to personal reasons. Forward Beauvue is in the squad but he is not fully fit. Same bet
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Pogba, Brison, Perrin, Bayal Sall, Baysse – Corgnet, Nguemo, Lemoine, Diomandé – Gradel, Mollo, Monnet-Paquet, Van Wolfswinkel, Bamba.
Guingamp: Samassa, Guichard – Sorbon, Baca, Angoua, Jacobsen, Lévêque, Sankoh – Giresse, Mo.Diallo, Cardy, Mathis, Pied – Mandanne, Alioui, Beauvue, Coco, Douniama