Mainz vs St Etienne
UEFA Europa League – Group Stage
Date: Thursday, 15th September, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:00 UK,
Venue: Coface Arena, Mainz.
Mainz 05 and Saint-Etienne will face each other at Opel Arena on Thursday night, as the two teams aim to get back to winning ways.
Mainz had an automatic qualification into this stage of the competition, as they finished 6th in the Bundesliga last season. They are drawn into group C which consists of strong opponents in the likes of Saint-Etienne, Anderlecht and Gabala. Mainz kicked of there Bundesliga season poorly, they lost 2-1 to Dortmund on the road in the opening day. They also failed to win their weekend game at home, as they drew 4-4 against Hoffenheim.
Saint-Etienne the competition in the 3rd qualifying round, defeating AEK Athens with a 1-0 aggregate. Furthermore, they defeated Beitar Jerusalem 2-1 on aggregate in the playoffs. Their form in the French Ligue 1 have been a fluctuating one, as they have drawn twice, won once and lost once. They will come into this game from a draw against PSG which ended 1-1. A last minute equaliser from R Beric salvaged a point for Saint-Etienne.
Mainz 05: Team News
Mainz have a lot of injury concerns, Emil Berggren, J. sampeiro Bustara and Danny Latza are all out on injury, while A. Ramalho Silva. phillip Klement and Devante Parker are doubts and yet to be confirmed fit.
Saint-Etienne: Team News
Benjamin Corgnet is back in training, while Pierre-Yves Polomat and Cheikh M’Bengue are injured.
Mainz vs St Etienne: Head to Head Statistics
Both teams have met just once in an international club friendly game, the game ended 1-1.
Mainz vs St Etienne: Prediction
There are no favourites in this game, the game will be a tough one. Saint-Etienne have been strong defensively in their recent games, they have conceded 1 goal or less in their last 5 games. Their recent form looks much more better than their host.
The game will likely end in draw as i expect Saint-Etienne to keep a clean sheet in the game.
Mainz vs St Etienne: Bet Tips
St Etienne to keep a Clean-Sheet at 4.00 (3/1)
Under 2.5 goals at 1.67 (2/3).