France: Ligue 1
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
At first sight the situation is strange but one of the most titled club in the history of French football is not Marseille, Olympique Lyonnais and even not PSG but Saint-Étienne that is now near the relegation zone (10 titles).
Another interesting fact is the year of the last championship of the Greens – 1981. Thus, for the last 36 years none of the clubs of Ligue 1 wasn’t able to repeat and beat the historical achievement of the hosts of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Saint-Étienne (the head coach Julien Sable)
There is one wise proverb “The best is oftentimes the enemy of the good”. It is obvious that this proverb is not known to the bosses of the French grandee. Otherwise, Saint-Étienne won’t dismiss Christophe Galtier who was the head coach of the team for 9 years. The Greens were playing at the Europe League for 9 years.
Alas, after the finishing of a season the bosses demanded the berth into the Champions League.
Monaco (the head coach Leonardo Jardim)
As a result of made quad swap the grandee of the French football is not included into the trio of the leaders of the current season. It is near the relegation zone.
And now, having taken unusual 15th line the hosts of Stade Geoffroy-Guichard will host the Monegasques,that is one of the challengers for a new vice-champion’s title. During the previous round the defending champion of the country won over Troyes (3:2).
But the winless streak of Saint-Étienne has now 8 matches. For the last two matches the Greens have earned only 3 points during the matches against Toulouse (0:0), Strasbourg (2:2) and Nantes (1:1), And after another fiasco at Vélodrome in Marseille (3:0) the most titled club in the history of French football has moved to the 15th position. It is obvious that the choice of the favorite is clear.
Saint-Étienne – 3.75, draw – 3.50, Monaco – 1.95;
Monaco to win - odds 1.92 Pinnacle