Really good performance from St Etienne last round away at Gazelec Ajaccio (won 2-0). They haven’t controlled the entire game, but were very confident in the defensive phase and pragmatic upfront.
Forward Roux scored in the last two rounds, and he should once again be in the lineup given the good form. He was mostly a bench warmer since striker Soderlund arrived, but now Roux achieved full potential and earned his place in the lineup.
Hosts are as motivated as they can be, as are still in pursuit of a position in European competitions.
St Etienne will welcome back defender Bayal Sall after suspension.
After last round Troyes officially relegated in Ligue2 (lost 1-0 against Angers). It was a disappointing result, especially since the game was very balanced and opponents scored the winner in extra time.
But by now Troyes must be accustomed with disappointing results after such a disastrous season. There are still 6 games to be played, 3 of which will be on home ground. Away from home Troyes should be apathetic from now on, but on home ground they will still be aggressive, trying to get the first victory this season in-front of own fans.
St Etienne should control this game without too many problems, and if by any chance Troyes will get courageous on counters, hosts proved last round they can be very solid in defense. ST ETIENNE 1.5 at 1.91
UPDATE: St Etienne will miss forward Soderlund (injury) and midfielder Lemoine (suspended).
Saint-Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Perrin, F.Pogba, Assou-Ekotto, Malcuit, Bayal Sall – Pajot, Clément, Cohade, Eysseric, Selnaes, Lemoine – Bahebeck, Roux, Maupay, Monnet-Paquet, Tannane
Troyes: Dreyer, Grandel – Confais, Mou.Dabo, Karaboué, Mavinga, Rincon, Saunier – Ben Saada, Azamoum, Camus, Court, Darbion, Nivet, Pi, Thiago – Jean, Hümmet