St Etienne vs Monaco by Lucien
St Etienne took a very important victory last weekend away from home, when the team managed to get a 2:0 three pointer away to Caen on Sunday evening. It was a bit unexpected victory for St Etienne, since the team usually doesn't play that well on the road and harvests more points at home for seasons and seasons now.
Still, this time they showed who is the boss to the players of Caen from the first till the last moment, controlling the ball for the most of the time and having more chances created. Victory came thanks to two goals at the start of the second halftime, via Saivet in 49th and Veretout in 58th minute, with the home team barely being able to jeopardize opponents goal till the end of the match. St Etienne is now at seventh position, only two points away from fourth and Europa League placed Toulouse, so a victory here remains their target. Defender Pierre-Gabriel (4/0) and midfielders Lemoine (5/0) and Hamouma (6/2) continue to be injured and out. They should be playing in 4-3-3 formation.
After two matches without a victory, in Champions League away draw to CSKA Moscow and a 3:1 defeat away to Toulouse in Ligue 1, Monaco responded well last weekend when the team impressively won at home over Montpellier 6:2. Even though their visitors took the lead, hosts completely deserved the victory in one of their best performances this season.
Falcao leveled up the result from the penalty kick in 36th minute, while the second halftime was very open and attacking from both sides, but the home team exploited that factor much better and dominated the game more than what was the case in the first halftime. Goals were scored via Mbappe, Jemerson, Germain, Lemar and Traore, showing that the team has plenty of effective players in their roster. Monaco is now second at the table, having four points less than first placed Nice and the team naturally, remains in a must win position here. Visiting side continues to miss midfielder Dirar (3/0), while doubtful for today's game remains defender Toure (5/0). 4-4-2 should be their playing formation.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Monaco's last 8 games (Ligue 1).
St Etienne is undefeated so far in the season in front of their own fans and the team looked rather well and reliable, especially at the back. Monaco isn't naive at all, but I'm sure the team will be having hell of a game here and not an easy three pointer at all.