Ligue 1 Match Preview: Saint-Étienne vs. Lorient

Updated: October 10, 2013

Match Date: 20 October 2013 (local)

Match Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, Saint-Étienne



With Perrin, Erdinc, Baysse, and most notably, Pogba, out through injury, Saint-Étienne will have to capitalize on other potential star players to protect their comfortable, seventh-place standing. Garnering a total score of 13 points, winning in four fixtures, and scoring a dozen goals from nine matches, Les Verts have done more than enough to prove that they are one of France’s most invincible clubs.  However, the side have been performing rather unwell in their last four combats. Toulouse, Marseille, Bastia, and Monaco have all stolen two goals each from Saint-Étienne which caused the Christophe Galtier-led squad to almost yield a negative-digit goal difference. They are losing their momentum and finding remedies to cover up their loopholes would prove crucial at this very stage.



Plummeting in the dreaded bottom three twice in a row and having been unable to get past the 10th spot in nine matches running, Lorient are obviously having a difficult season. The side have dramatically declined in their performance from last term, when they never had to endure the pains of struggling outside the top 10 in their first nine matches. Thus far, Les Merlus have only accumulated seven points from all of their previous matches, worsened by a -8 goal difference which they acquired from conceding 12 goals to their opponents. Team boss Christian Gourcuff is desperate to find contingency plans that will pick his men out of relegation. If the trend continues, Lorient would find themselves in the French second-tier league for the first time since the 2005-06 season.


Online betting tip: With a much stronger ensemble, greater skills to convert chances, and broader support resources, Saint-Étienne will win this round comfortably. Lorient will have to settle on their seventh non-consecutive defeat this season.


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