Ligue 1 Match Preview: Evian Thonon Gaillard vs. St. Etienne

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Updated: April 24, 2014
Evian Thonon Gaillard

Match Date: 26 April 2014 (local time)

Venue: Parc Des Sports, Annecy

 

A desperate Evian Thonon Gaillard shall welcome Saint Etienne in an attempt to retain their Ligue 1 status. The squad just suffered a narrow defeat from Paris Saint Germain, which might compromise their survival status.

 

Evian is 2 notches away from the relegation zone with 4 matches left to play, including the one against Saint Etienne. This battle alone might cause severe problems to the squad as their opponent is eager and keen on strengthening its grip of the Europa League qualifying spot. Despite the lack of home court advantage, Saint Etienne remains as the online betting favorite due to its impressive performance this season.

 

Under the above-mentioned circumstances, Evian is obliged or compelled to secure a victory or at the very least, force a draw. They will be taking another difficult path after their Saint Etienne match. Included in their list of upcoming opponents are Reims and Nice and these are undeniably strong forces on the pitch. The only time where they can have a breather is during their last match, which is pitted against Sochaux. But then again, they cannot afford to wait for such moment to pursue their survival ambitions.

 

Saint Etienne, evidently is never an easy opponent. Yet, their last 4 matches have ended in a draw. Evian can readily take advantage of this opportunity. However, they cannot expect an easy breezy match as their opponent also has Europa League ambitions to pursue.

 

Prediction: Saint Etienne

 

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