Ligue 1 Preview: Saint-Étienne to lord Toulouse over

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Updated: September 18, 2013
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The French top-flight league is scorching with hot performances from its creamiest crops. For near-the-top contenders and football betting favorites Saint- Étienne, the tournament is just nearing its peak and with teams like them to fire up the football climate, fans are sure to obtain only the finest match displays they deserve. The said club will be unlocking their sixth appearance in Ligue 1 on September 20, with Toulouse to visit their stadium.

 

Of the five matches they had so far this season, Saint-Étienne only surrendered on one. Their first two battles were narrow victories which they obtained from Ajaccio 1-0 and Guingamp 1-0. It was in their third stint that they went short of a winning goal, having scored zero innings against Lille’s opener (the only goal delivered in the match). Nevertheless, Les Verts’ downfall proved to be just a reminder that the tournament is not a piece of cake. And so greater energies have been mustered since, with inspiring wins they achieved from Bordeaux 2-1 and most recently, from Valenciennes 3-1. Club manager Christophe Galtier must be smiling from ear-to-ear with his men’s current League standing at number two, overtaking fellow perennial champions PSG and Marseille.

 

Toulouse’s re-entry to the French top-level football was blemished with a series of unspectacular performances. The side opened their campaign quite dismayingly as Valenciennes easily gave them an early defeat in the competition 0-3. This was followed, however, by two draws which they obtained from Bordeaux 1-1 and current leaders, Monaco 0-0. A loss was again suffered in TFC’s fourth match—a tourney that saw Bastia’s Christian Romaric cancel out Martin Braithwaite’s equalizer. In their most recent battle, the side forced a draw with Marseille 1-1. Compared to last season’s performances in their first five matches, Toulouse have dramatically deteriorated. They never went below the 12th spot last term, which contrasts their placement this season of ranking no higher than the 18th spot. Coach Alain Casanova has to find much more intelligent strategies if he wants his team to not be demoted to the lower football division.

 

Prediction: Record-wise, Saint-Étienne and Toulouse have a huge gap to fill. The sides run on opposite directions, with the former going upwards and the latter going downwards. Although it is not yet too late for Toulouse to make some surprises, Saint-Étienne will absolutely rule this tourney over, 3-1.

 

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