Although they lost at a huge score difference (4-1) St Etienne had a decent performance away at PSG in the midweek Cup game. PSG’s last two goals were scored in the final 10 minutes when St Etienne were pushing for the equalizer.
Hamouma returned from injury, was very active and even managed to score. In-fact attacking down the flanks is St Etienne’s major strength with Hamouma and Gradel able to make the difference through to speed and ball control.
Striker Erdinc, who has been hesitant for the entire season, now shows an increased playing appetite and is constantly in alert. Last round away at Monaco he even managed to score an impressive goal after a long ball that arrived from the left flank.
St Etienne are only 4 points behind the Champions League play-off place so they have everything to play for, especially since this objective is achievable.
Nantes somehow managed to score an early goal last round against Caen but they immediately withdrew in defense and ceased to even try and apply pressure on the opponent. The anti-football strategy worked until the final 10 minutes when luck and the referee decided that Caen should emerge victorious (won 2-1).
It will be almost impossible for Nantes with such attitude to take anything from St Etienne, especially since Nantes are one of the poorest away sides in Ligue1 in this 2nd part of the season (won only 2 points in away games in 2015…). One sided encounter should be expected with hosts in charge from beginning till end. St Etienne -0.75 at 1.94.
UPDATE: Nantes will have to do without fullback Veigneau and winger Nkoudou
St Etienne: Ruffier, J.Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, L.Perrin, Clerc, Tabanou, Baysse, Brison – Clément, Corgnet, Nguemo, Lemoine, Diomandé – Erding, Mollo, van Wolfswinkel, Monnet-Paquet, Gradel, Hamouma
Nantes: Ré.Riou, Dupé – Alhadhur, Is.Cissokho, Dubois, Djilobodji, Vizcarrondo – Bedoya, Deaux, K.Hansen, R.Gomis, Bedoya, Veretout – Niane, Bammou, Gakpé, Is.Bangoura, Audel