Place: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Saint-Étienne
Date: on the 28th of September, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 19:45 (GMT+1)
Tournament: France – Ligue 1 – round 8.
The nice French club doesn’t belong to the grandees of national football but regularly fights for a zone of the Europa League. The current season is good for Saint-Etienne as the team takes the third place in standings. The team has perfectly held two last rounds, having won over Toulouse and Caen. It is impossible to say that the game of Saint-Etienne is absolutely smooth as the club misses a lot of goals (9 goals) and the efficiency of the line of attack has to be increased. But under successful circumstances Jean-Louis Gassée’s team is quite capable of fighting for the Champions League.
On the transfer market Saint-Etienne had done a great work this summer as the team has issued contracts with Cabello and Khazri and also having loaned Kolodziejczak and Salibur. Leaders of Saint-Etienne are such football players as Subotić, Perrin, Ruffier and M’Vila. The team can’t lose the speed now if it wants to fight for the advanced positions in the championship.
It seems that Monaco really is facing the problems with a game as the club has lost to Angers the last round and it was the serious blow to reputation of the club of Jardim. The failures of Monegasques are easily explained by reorganization of the squad after leaving of leaders, but not also everything has to be so sad! Lemar, Moutinho, Fabinho and Kongolo’s leaving was a serious loss. On the other hand, Leonardo Jardim has a lot of talented football players to replace former leaders.
Trauma of Subašić became a real problem for Monaco as Benaglio doesn’t seem to be extremely reliable on a post No. 1. And defense, in general, is not perfect this season – Jemerson and Glik seem to see each other for the first time and Henrichs and Sidibé don’t perform the required amount of work on wings. That is the reason of all problems of Monaco.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Saint-Étienne vs. Monaco
A favorite of the match is Saint-Etienne and on its success bookmakers propose coefficient 2.30. On a victory of Monaco we receive 3.32 and on a draw – 3.48. Obviously, terrible results of Monaco have affected also quotations for this team. Quotations are as follow: total over 2.5 for 2.22, total under less than 2.5″ for 1.74. As we see, bookmakers are sure that the teams will score a small number of goals.
It is unlikely that Monaco will change the game in three days. In order to do this Monegasques need more time. Yes, the club has quite good statistics in matches with Saint-Etienne but here a question is in current state of team. Saint-Etienne, on the contrary, stays in an excellent form and can wait for a positive result in this match.