FRANCE: Ligue 1
Match start: 19:00 (GMT+2)
Eight year reigning in Saint-Étienne of one of the most popular French specialists Christophe Galtier came to its logical ending. Alas! For these 8 years the most honored 10 times Champion of France was not able to win another new 11 title. And even more: despite Galtier’s annual promises the team couldn’t reach even the level of the Champions League, having been pleased with participation in the Europa League.
As a result, this summer by mutual agreement of the parties Christophe Galtier had left his position.
Saint-Étienne (the head coach Óscar García)
The new coach of the team now is the former partner of Josep Guardiola, Ronald Koeman, Romário and other Barcelona stars of the legendary era of Hendrik Johannes Cruijff. For two last years Óscar García is heading the permanent Champion of Austria Salzburg. And under his supervision Red Bull had won two titles. By the way, last Wednesday the champion of Austria had finished its performance at the qualification stage of the Champions League without its Spanish specialist. The team has lost to Rijeka, Croatia.
But we doubt that this question is so important for Óscar García. Now he has absolutely different task – to create from Saint-Étienne the stable participant of the Champions League.
Nice (the head coach Lucien Favre)
The first opponent of the hosts of Geoffroy-Guichard became the third winner of the last season. Last Wednesday playing at Amsterdam ArenA with Ajax the team of Lucien Favre had managed to gain quite acceptable draw (2:2) and became the participant of the last four round of the qualification round of the Champions League. Among possible opponents of Nice are CSKA Moscow, Sevilla Spain, Napoli Italy, Liverpool England and Sporting Portugal.
Participation of Nice at the Champions League campaign is very demanding process. And the team of Lucien Favre doesn’t possess the superstar squad with reliable sub bench (as, for example, PSG or both Manchester clubs do) it is very difficult for this team to play two really energy intense matches per week. That is why our choice is obvious.
Saint-Étienne – 2.20, draw – 3.20, Nice – 3.50;
Our tip: Saint-Étienne (Asian handicap 0) - odds 1.61 5Dimes