Saint-Étienne and Nice meet at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, in a match for the 16th round of League 1. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 5 games won 3 and lost 2. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium, in 18‑05-2019, for League 1, Saint-Étienne won by (3‑0). R. Berič (25 ‘e 65’) and R. Hamouma (81 ‘) scored the goals of Saint-Étienne. The home / away condition deserves particular attention, since despite this being a match between 9th and 12th of the league table, it is actually a confrontation between the 16th classified in home games and the 9th as a visitor.
After 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses, the home team is currently in 9th position, with 22 points won. In his last game, he lost with Rennes out by (2‑1), after in the previous match having tied for (0‑0) at home, in a match against Montpellier. This is a team that usually conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since it conquered 12 points out and 10 in its stadium, with 9 goals scored and 13 suffered as a visitor, against 7 goals scored and 6 suffered at home. For the championship, Saint-Étienne conquered 10 points in 21 possible, after 2 wins, 4 draws and 1 defeat in the last 7 games he played in his stadium.
For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 4 games ago. In their home league games the most frequent final result at the break was 0-0 (3 in 7 games). His attack has scored regularly, as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 15 games in the competition, he suffered the first goal 6 times and only got 1 comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 11 home games for all competitions: he suffered 3 of his 8 goals between minutes (0’-15 ‘).
Saint-Étienne comes for this match after a 2-1 defeat against Rennes, which added the second consecutive day without a victory in the French championship: the team’s only goal was scored by Diaby. In this match against Nice, coach Claude Puel should keep 3-4-3, with Diony as the most advanced reference of the home team. On the other hand, Denis Bouanga is the top scorer of Saint-Étienne, with 5 goals scored. Kolodziejczak is the head of the defensive line: the central defender is very strong in the air game. For this game, the local coach cannot count on Youssouf, suspended, in addition to Debuchy, Khazri, Saliba, Cabaye and Monnet-Paquet, these with physical problems.
After 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses, the away team is currently in 12th position, with 20 points won. In their last game, they won the Angers at home by (3‑1), after in the previous game they lost out, in a match against Olympique Lyonnais, by (2‑1). This is a team that is usually more competitive at home, since it conquered 6 points out and 14 in its stadium, with 7 goals scored and 11 suffered as a visitor, against 13 goals scored and 11 suffered at home. For the championship, Nice won 6 points in 21 possible, after 2 wins and 5 losses in the last 7 games he played as a visitor.
For this competition, record a sequence of 5 losses in the last away matches. In their home league games the most frequent final result at the break was 1-0 (3 in 7 games). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 games, so he has not presented great defensive strength, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 15 matches in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 9 times, but got the comeback in 3. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 9 away matches for all competitions: he suffered 5 of his 14 goals between minutes (16 ‘ -30 ‘).
Nice arrives at this match after a 3-1 victory over Angers, returning to triumphs after two consecutive games without a victory in this competition: the team’s goals were scored by Maolida, Lusamba and Dolberg. In this match against Saint-Étienne, coach Patrick Vieira should keep the team 4-3-3, favoring the organization of his block and counterattacks across the flanks: Adam Ounas is a very strong player in the transition offensive. Dolberg is one of the top scorers in Nice, with 4 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Dante, suspended, in addition to Pelmard and Herelle, due to injury.