Saint-Etienne vs Mainz 05
UEFA Europa League – Matchday 5
Date: Thursday, 24th November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne.
Saint-Etienne are sitting top of the Group C with 8 points, but only edge Anderlecht who have the same points by virtue of a superior goal difference. While Mainz at the third have 5 points and this makes the matchday 5 fixtures extremely important.
A defeat will eliminate Mainz from the competition, while a draw can still keep them in contest until matchday 6. Due to the 6-1 away defeat at Anderlecht, Mainz cannot better the Belgians in head-to-head. So 1 point is enough from the match against Qabala for Anderlecht to qualify. While Mainz must earn a high scoring draw to at least stay in the qualification race.
A win for Saint-Etienne will eliminate Mainz and Anderlecht will automatically qualify regardless of what they do in the remaining two fixtures. Qabala, the fourth team in the group had lost all of their four matches.
Saint-Etienne vs Mainz 05: Head-to-head stats
The first leg clash on matchday 1, which ended 1-1 is the only competitive meeting between these two sides. Saint-Etienne is also Mainz’s only Ligue 1 opponent in UEFA competitions.
Saint-Etienne have met Bundesliga sides 18 times and they record is somewhat poor with 3 wins, 6 draws and 9 losses. However they managed to avoid defeats at home, but only managed 2 wins from 8 meetings, while they drew 5.
Saint-Etienne vs Mainz 05: Prediction
It is fair enough to say both teams looked in good shape in their recent domestic outings. But when it comes to Europa league matches, Mainz have been extremely poor. At the same time, Saint-Etienne are looked like a team hard to beat.
As the situation demands Mainz to achieve nothing less than a win, we believe they will raise their game. However, this is expected to a tough battle and may well end in another 1-1 draw.
Saint-Etienne vs Mainz 05: Bet Tips
Scored Draw at 10/3 (4.33).