St. Etienne vs. Valenciennes Preview: St. Etienne Eager To Move High In The Table Amidst Zouma’s Exit Reports

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Updated: January 28, 2014
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Online betting favorite, St. Etienne is determined to enter Ligue 1’s top three, following their disappointing defeat to Bordeaux. Amidst stories of Kurt Zouma’s impending exit, their form’s depth will ensure that they get the upper hand in the match against the minnow, Valenciennes.

 Match Date: 01 February 2014 (local time)

Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard

Team Form

St. Etienne

St. Etienne gets another opportunity to climb higher in the Ligue 1 table after a disappointing loss to Bordeaux. With the club pitted against the minnow, Valenciennes, St. Etienne gets the chance of decreasing Lille’s 4-point advantage to 1 and open an avenue for a possible spot in the top 3.

 

The Les Verts are in their tiptop shape. Other than winning four (4) of their last six (6) matches, they have also kept a clean sheet in 4 of their pitch encounters at home. Such figures strengthen the club’s possibility of dominating the match against Valenciennes.

 

But the biggest question that St. Etienne needs to address is whether they can maintain such form now that defender Kurt Zouma is strongly linked for a move to Chelsea. It is also reported that Manchester United has set its eyes on the young player. The impending transfer still awaits confirmation, but if a transfer is, indeed, taking place, one can expect a major adjustment in their tactical approach.

 

Valenciennes

Valenciennes can still survive the relegation zone. But like any other clubs battling for survival, it will not be an easy feat,

 

They need to work on their current team form to ensure their success. Their result of their previous 6 matches saw an equal distribution of wins, losses and draws. This could be a good start, but then again, it must translate to a better conversion. True victories are measured on the pitch, not in the numbers shown in the table.

 

Online betting’s top pick: St. Etienne

Expect Valenciennes to step up to the challenge. However, they must understand that the depth of St.Etienne’s squad plus their spectacular performance at home, gives St. Etienne the advantage in this particular match.

 

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