Another poor display from Troyes as they once again played in numerical superiority but failed to create real scoring opportunities and ended up with no points (lost 1-0 away at Angers).
Toyes have problems in all departments as defenders are slow, midfielders fail to cover the open spaces and also fail provide decent balls for forwards who are only average in value.
This will be an extremely difficult season for Troyes who haven’t strengthen during the transfer window and thought they can compete with the same squad at Ligue1 level.
With winger Hamouma back from injury coach Galtier had to choose between Roux and Beric upfront. Since Roux woke up only after Beric was transferred-in it was of course expected to see Roux only on the bench.
The game against Nantes last week was mostly one sided with St Etienne mildly dominating from the start. Since Bahabeck just recovered from injury 19 years old Bamba started on the left flank. He was very determined and even managed to score his first goal for St Etienne (St Etienne won 2-0 over Nantes). It is good to know that guests have a decent option available whenever regulars get injured.
Most probably we will see St Etienne starting in the same formula since there are no new injuries.
It seems that Troyes are more vulnerable on home ground since they try to control games and open up frequently. This will be simply suicidal against St Etienne who are in great form after 4 straight Ligue1 victories. St Etienne -0.25 at 2.00
UPDATE: St Etienne welcome back midfielder Diomande after injury
Troyes: Paul Bernardoni, Denis Petric – Chris Mavinga, Anele Ngcongca, Quentin Othon, Matthieu Saunier, Dusan Veskovac – Thomas Ayasse, Chaouki Ben Saada, Fabien Camus, Yoann Court, Stéphane Darbion, Lossémy Karaboué, Benjamin Nivet, Jessy Pi, Thiago – Corentin Jean, Brayan Perea.
St Etienne: Ruffier, Moulin – Polomat, F.Pogba, Brison, L.Perrin, Malcuit, Bayal Sall, Clerc – Pajot, Corgnet, Eysseric, Lemoine, Diomandé – Roux, Hamouma, J.Bamba, Monnet-Paquet, Beric, Maupay