St Etienne couldn’t really do much against PSG last round (lost 2-0). Besides a few long distance attempts St Etienne didn’t create anything.
It’s not only against PSG, but for more than a month already St Etienne have creative problems. They rely too much on long range attempts and it’s killing their game. In these conditions prolonged possession can be in vain.
With every shot on target they pray to God for a corner or a lucky rebound. That’s not exactly a healthy attitude for a team hoping for European action next season.
There is no doubt that St Etienne will control the game, but when it comes to scoring they will once again bombard with long distance shots and hope for miracles.
This round it may be even more difficult, especially given the way Sochaux look recently. Everyone at Sochaux is disciplined and respects his position in the field, but in the same time covers wide ares. We could see it clearly last round against Lorient, when Sochaux were extremely confident and never during the 90 minutes appeared to doubt where the 3 points will go (Sochaux won 2-0).
If Sochaux will show the same level of defensive organization against St Etienne they will start with an advantage.
In comparison to last round the offensive phase will receive a major boost as midfielder Roudet will return after serving his suspension. Especially recently Roudet plays a key role in Sochaux’s strategy. At 32 he is very experienced and because of his vision most of the attacking actions include him one way or another.
Sochaux will once again miss forward Jordan Ayew who is still suspended.
There’s a high possibility for St Etienne to control the game but the direction of the 3 points shouldn’t be certain. Sochaux have enough potential to stand ground and resist long range shooting practice. Sochaux +1 at 2.06
UPDATE: St Etienne will have to do without Guilavogui and Hamouma. Both of them are quit important players.
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Perrin, Brison, K.Zouma, Bayal, Trémoulinas, Clerc – Cohade, Lemoine, Clément, Corgnet, Diomandé – Tabanou, Gradel, Erding, Brandao, Mollo
Sochaux: Y.Pelé, Pouplin – Faussurier, Carlão, Sunzu, L.Zouma, Marange, Corchia, C.Kanté – Ilaimaharitra, Doubaï, Contout, Sinkala, Roudet, Prcic, Boukari – Bakambu, Mayuka, Frau, Butin