Angers vs St-Etienne
French Ligue 1
Date: Friday, 24 May 2019
Kick-Off 20:05 UK / 21:05 CET
Venue: Stade Raymond-Kopa (Angers).
Angers will be looking to bounce back from a devastating 5-0 loss at second-placed Lille. Can they finish the season on a high with a result against fourth-places Saint-Etienne in the last game of the season on Friday night at Stade Raymond-Kopa? The hosts will have an uphill battle to fight in doing so as they are going up against an in-form team which have won five of past six league affairs.
Nevertheless, such winning thread will count for little in terms of Saint-Etienne’s contention for the Champions League football. A disappointing 0-1 home loss to Montpellier two weeks ago lost the ground on third-placed Lyon who are four points above in the league ladder before this final round of the season.
Angers vs St-Etienne: Head-to-head
Saint-Etienne have always been unpleasant rivals for Les Scoistes.
Les Verts won five and drew four of nine H2H clashes with Angers who are still looking for their inaugural victory in this match-up.
Will it be a landmark 10th game charm for the hosts?
Saint-Etienne won four and drew one of past five meetings with Angers, a streak which includes a 4-3 victory in this term of Ligue 1.
Angers vs St-Etienne: Prediction
The visitors may have fallen to Lyon in the battle for the third-place finish, but they at least secured the fourth position finish. This means Les Verts will represent France in the next edition of Europa League. Jean-Louis Gasset’s troops will certainly head into this tie against Les Scoistes as clear form favourites having won seven, drawn one and lost one of past nine league matches.
Saint-Etienne demolished Nice 3-0 at home last time out. They scored two or more goals in eight of last nine league games. Given Angers lost 5-0 at Lille on Saturday, we just have to back the visitors to snatch the victory at super-attractive 2.50 odds. The alternative pick would be St-Etienne to net two or more goals.
Angers vs St-Etienne: Bet Tips
St-Etienne to win @ 2.50 (6/4)
St-Etienne Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.20 (6/5).