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St Etienne vs Monaco Prediction & Betting tips
The Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is Friday night the scene for the match between AS Saint-Étienne and AS Monaco. Does the home team know how to fire one more time in the last home match of this calendar year?
St Etienne :
The poison cup does not seem empty for ASSE: on visiting Olympique Marseille Julien Sablé’s team had nothing to say. Stéphane Ruffier kept Saint-Étienne alive with a few impressive rescues, but after a red card for Ronael Pierre-Gabriel, Ruffier could not save his team. The defeat against Marseille already resulted in the twelfth loss of points this season in seventeen matches, as a result of which ASSE dropped by twenty points to an infallible fifteenth place, only two points above the relegation zone.
When they returned home from Marseilles, the fanatical supporters of Saint-Étienne were waiting, just as after the game against Lyon (who lost no less than 0-5 in their own house) to complain about, among others, striker Lois Diony. The 24-year-old number nine of Les Verts scored eleven times last season for Dijon, but this season the counter still has zero goals after 798 minutes. Partly because of the lack of form of Diony, the goal balance of ASSE over the last seven games -13 (4-17), not really figures to write home about.
In the battle for second place, the reigning national champion in the last round of play ran almost damage against Troyes. The Monegasken were behind 0-2 after two minutes of play by Daniel Subasic, but with his own goal and two goals from substitute Guido Carrillo, Monaco is only on goal third behind Olympique Lyon. The 26-year-old Argentinian Guido Carillo is this season’s second striker in the pecking order behind Radamel Falcao and fulfills that role with verve. In almost four hundred minutes the Argentinian scored four times and on average he only needed one hundred minutes per goal, versus 85 minutes per goal for Falcao.
In the Coupe de la Ligue this week went a little smoother for the Monegasks. A bred B-team from Monaco was clearly too strong for a bred B-team from Caen, making the Monegasken now in the last sixteen in the second national cup tournament. The meeting with Caen once again offered coach Leonardo Jardim the chance to see Diego Benaglio at work. The Swiss veteran kept a strong game, which means he can get a basic place against Saint-Étienne.
St Etienne vs Monaco head to head matches
17.05.17 L1 Monaco St Etienne 2 : 0
29.10.16 L1 St Etienne Monaco 1 : 1
14.02.16 L1 St Etienne Monaco 1 : 1
13.12.15 L1 Monaco St Etienne 1 : 0
03.04.15 L1 Monaco St Etienne 1 : 1