Europa League Preview: St-Étienne vs. Dnipro

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Updated: October 1, 2014
FOOTBALL : Lens vs Saint Etienne - Ligue 1 - 21/09/2014

Match Date: 02 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Geoffroy-Guichard

 

A draw against FK Qarabağ compels St. Etienne to score a victory against Dnipro. St. Etienne must maximize its home court advantage in order to improve its chances of advancing in the tournament’s latter stages.
Similarly, Dnipro is also eager on securing a win against the host. The club just suffered a loss in Inter’s hands and a victory could change the course of its Europa League run.

 

The contenders

St-Étienne

Thanks to the club’s trusted goalkeeper, Stephane Ruffier, St. Etienne was able to pull off a scoreless stalemate against Qarabağ. The opposing squad had a good grasp of the game’s possession and took more shots, which, if successfully converted, could have ended in Qarabağ’s victory.

 

Dnipro

Dnipro failed to secure a stalemate against Inter when Danilo D’Ambrosio scored on the 71st. Its performance was the total opposite of St. Etienne, yet, it was able to show that they are not one of the competition’s push-overs.

 

But Dnipro needs to prove more grit and this can be only done if they can clinch a goal or two against the heavy favorite of sports betting sites.

 

Possible head turners

Watch  out for another stellar performance from Ruffier. As for Dnipro, the presence of the trusted goalkeeper challenges them to take more shots and create more scoring opportunities. Stopping Ruffier will be hard due to the confidence it has while playing at home.

 

Prediction

St-Étienne 2-0 Dnipro

 

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