France: Ligue 1
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
It sounds strange, but at the new season after dismissal of Christophe Galtier and leaving of the whole group of leading football players, the most titled club of France St Etienne had started to play better.
And that is why St Etienne had become the real opponent for Monaco and Marseille in the battle for the second and third Champions League’s places. Now, according to 9 rounds the greens are taking the third position:
PSG – 25, Monaco – 19, St Etienne – 17, Marseille – 17 …
Further fight for top places
As we see now PSG has pulled away and that is why it will continue its climbing at the champions Olympus in lonely pride.
But the battle for the Ligue 1 second and third places is yet to come. And, according to experts of the French football, Monaco is not a favorite for this match. The team is simultaneously taken part at the group tournament of the Champions League. And that is why soon St Etienne and Marseille can drive back the champion from the second position.
The team of Óscar García
With the new head coach St Etienne is using the tactical scheme 4-3-3. The new leaders of the Greens together with irreplaceable center back Loïc Perrin became the center half Bryan Dabo and forward and the best goalscorer of the team Jonathan Bamba (4 goals).
The team of Óscar García had managed to win over Metz (3:1) at home arena Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The goals were scored by Vincent Pajot and Habib Maïga plus one guests’ own goal.
Now one of the leaders of the Champions League race is facing one more home match against the Champion of France 2012 Montpellier. It is obvious that this is much more experienced opponent than Metz that is at the relegation zone. Now the orange and blues with 12 points take the 11th position. But, bearing in mind quite high odds on the possible victory of the guests, it is wiser to bet on greens’ handicap (0).
St Etienne – 2.10, draw – 3.10, Montpellier – 3.80;
St Etienne to win - odds 2.26 5Dimes