Saint-Etienne vs Dijon
Coupe de France
Date: Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Kick-off at 17.30 UK/ 18.30 CET
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Étienne).
Someone with a wicked mind has scheduled another lopsided match for the neutral fans to have a blast. The Greens would have been competing for the league title if not for the cheat-code assembled by Paris. Instead, they are in a fierce battle for the third spot with Lille. The Red, in contrast, is fighting for dear life, in an attempt to hold on to their Ligue 1 status.
Les Rogues are stranded on just 17 points after 21 rounds of the league contest. Relegation has started to become a reality for them, and it’s high time they address that. A huge downgrade in revenue and viewership is not what they would want at the end of the season.
Amidst all these problems, now they have to take a trip to Saint-Étienne, to battle it out in the Round of 32 of their domestic cup.
Saint-Etienne vs Dijon Head-to-head (h2h)
- Jean-Louis Gasset’s men have never lost against this opponent.
- The last nine games saw seven wins by the Saints.
- Les Verts have scored in every single tie at this venue.
- Les Rogues failed to score in three of their last total five appearances at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Saint-Etienne vs Dijon Prediction
It really feels like a scripted match; a children’s story to be apter. The Greens against the Red. The Saints against the Rogues. Like in that of a story, the final victory should be with the Saints.
But contrary to the tales, the victors will not have to suffer or face hardships before they taste the win. I expect a pretty much comfortable ride for Jean-Louis Gasset’s men.
The Rogues have just four wins in their last 26 trips on the road. A streak stretching back to the second week of last year. During this run, the team conceded in 22 of their games. In their last seven away ties alone, the group conceded two or more goals five times.
The Saints, meanwhile, posted 11 unbeaten games in their last 12 attempts at home. The team scored two or more goals in seven of their last nine home-ties. They kept clean sheets in three of their last five matches at this venue, while their counterparts for this tie, failed to score in three of the last five fixtures away from home.
I expect the hosts to easily score in the second half, against tired legs, and to keep a clean sheet against the misfiring offense of the guests.
Saint-Etienne vs Dijon Betting Tips
Saint-Etienne to Score in Second Half @ 1.40 (2/5)
The Greens to Win to Nil @ 2.62 (13/8).