St Etienne are going from bad to worse. They didn’t have a chance last week away at Marseille and barely had enough strength to create a real scoring opportunity (lost 3-0).
Their last victory was about two months ago, and it seems they are reducing rhythm as round goes by. To be honest, after watching them play, I don’t think there is any chance for St Etienne to get back on the right track before the winter break.
Monaco had a difficult game last round against Troyes. They were 2-0 down after an hour, but managed to make an impressive comeback and win all points, thanks to a goal scored in the final minutes (won 3-2).
Winger Lemar returned after a long injury and was very active last round. He is one of the best passers in Ligue1, so the attacking strength should clearly increase.
With only a few exceptions, Monaco used the second squad in the midweek Cup game against Caen, in a clear attempt to preserve energy (won 2-0).
Coach Sable had to call 3 players from the second squad, as hosts are crippled by injuries and suspensions: defenders Gabriel, Lacroix, Perrin, midfielders Salnaes, Hamouma and Dabo. Monaco will be without midfielders Traore, Tielemans and forward Jovetic.
I agree that Monaco have been far from convincing lately, but playing against out-of-form St Etienne seems like the perfect opportunity to build on last round’s success. MONACO -0.75 at 2.05
St Etienne: Stéphane Ruffier, Jessy Moulin, Alexis Guendouz – Kévin Théophile-Catherine, Gabriel Silva, Cheikh M’Bengue, Saidy Janko et Ben-Kantie Karamoko – Vincent Pajot, Assane Diousse, Rémy Cabella, Habib Maiga, Hernani, Mahdi Camara – Loïs Diony, Jonathan Bamba, Alexander Soderlund, Kévin Monnet-Paquet, Vagner Goncalves Dias
Monaco: Subasic – Benaglio – Sy – Glik – Jemerson – Jorge – Kongolo – Sidibé – Toure – Fabinho – Ghezzal – Lemar – Meité – Moutinho – N’Doram – Rony Lopes – Baldé – Carrillo – Diakhaby – Falcao