Ligue 1 Match Preview: Saint Etienne vs. Lille

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Updated: January 14, 2014
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Match Date: 17 January 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard

 

Saint Etienne

Since losing their battle to Rennes on week 16, Saint Etienne have delivered stunning performances that gave them three clean sheets and a draw. Montpellier, Nantes, and Evian TG all succumbed to the adrenaline-powered stunts of Gradel, Corgnet, Erdinc, and Hamouma. The points they obtained from their last four outings added to their already-impressive score, which in total, let them occupy the league’s fourth highest spot—just behind PSG, Monaco, and Lille.

 

Although they have consistently been among the best attackers in the French top-tier football, Les Verts displayed a below-par performance in their latest fixture. They held Guingamp in a goal-less stalemate in spite of having the match’s first period under their control. There were a few scoring chances that both sides could have taken advantage of, but the defensive duel (or a weak attacking face-off) ultimately rendered both of them empty-handed.

 

Lille

Lille are stationary at number three, largely due to the top two clubs performing very well but more so, due to Les Dogues’ downfall from their latest duel with Reims. The defeat counts as the side’s fourth this season, and a three-point deficit that hindered them from bouncing back to the top two.

 

Lille’s unsuccessful attempt to thrash Reims saw them leaving their own pitch with just one goal, while their opponents scored a twin. Thanks to Odair Fortes and Grzegorz Krychowiak, they saved their team late in the second half.

 

Despite the upset, Lille are still standing strong at the league’s front lines. René Girard just needs to exhaust all the scoring possibilities in order for him to bring out the best in his players.

 

Football betting tip: Both Saint Etienne and Lille were relatively unsuccessful in their most recent fixtures, although the former were quite lucky to earn at least one point. In this match however, given both sides’ well-defined capacity to rule their own halves, a draw is a very possible finish.

 

Saint Etienne | Image source: fourfourtwo.com