Saint-Étienne and AS Monaco meet at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, in a match for the 18 th round of League 1. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 1 win and 3 draws in the last 4 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 10-29-2016, in a match for the League 1 that ended in a draw by (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by L. Perrin (18 ‘), for Saint-Étienne, and K. Glik (5’), for AS Monaco.
After 5 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses, the home team is currently in the 15 th position, with 20 points won. In the last match, they have lost in an away match against Olympique Marseille by (3-0), after in the previous match they have tied (1-1) at home, against Nantes. For the league, Saint-Étienne won 13 points out of 27 possible points, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in the last 9 home matches. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Saint-Étienne reached this day with a defeat in front of Marseille, by 3-0, totaling in this way the eighth consecutive game without winning the French championship. Despite this snub, coach Julien Sablé must keep the team in 4-3-3, Diony being the most offensive reference. On the other hand, Bamba is the best marker of Saint-Étienne, with 5 goals scored. It is important to note that playing in this condition the local team won only 3 wins in 9 games played, having scored a total of 13 goals. For this game the coach can not count on Pierre-Gabriel, suspended, besides Gabriel Silva and Hamouma, injured.
The away team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 35 points won, after 11 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Angers, by (1-0). In the last match, they won in a home match against Troyes, by (3-2). The team comes to this match after a home victory over Caen by (2-0). For the league, AS Monaco won 13 points out of 24 possible points, after 4 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 8 away matches. In their away league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (3 out of 9 matches). Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 17 matches in this tournament, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 2 comebacks.
Unlike its adversary, Monaco is going through a positive moment in the French championship and on the last day it beat Troyes, at home, 3-2: the goals were scored by Carrillo (2) and Deplagne. In this game away from home coach Leonardo Jardim must play in the usual tactical system, that is, the 4-4-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks. Nevertheless, in some moments of the game the visitors must lower the lines and they will privilege the counterattacks: Lemar is one of the most dangerous players of the Monaco. Falcao is the best score of the team, with 14 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Mboula, Jovetic and Tielemans, all due to injury.
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