Saint-Etienne vs Lorient
France – Ligue 1
Date: Sunday 30th August 2020
Kick off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Saint Etienne are yet to play this season, so they will be determined to get the right result in not only their first game of the season, but their first at home.
The club had a poor last season finishing 17th and just missing relegation and they could have been relegated had the season ran until its end. Because of the pandemic many feel that the club were saved last season.
Claude Puel has stepped in as coach and that could be a good move from the club given that Puel has so much experience. In pre-season they beat Bordeaux 4-2 at home. But overall their pre-season was quite poor with losses against Rennes and Angers, although both of those games came away from home.
Lorient are newly promoted and they got a fantastic result last weekend beating Strasbourg 3-1 at home. It was an assured display from the club who had 10 shots at goal and were actually losing the game at one point. Just in those first 90 minutes we saw a lot of good character from the club who are thrilled to be back in Ligue 1.
Saint-Etienne vs Lorient: Head to Head
The clubs have not met in the league in this fixture since 2017 when Saint Etienne won 4-0.
Saint Etienne have won 5 of the last 6 meetings between the teams.
Lorient haven’t won at Saint Etienne since 2012 in the league.
There is a 60% chance to see under 2.5 goals.
Saint-Etienne vs Lorient Prediction
This is a step up for Lorient but they will be full of confidence. It will be interesting to see if they approach the game more cautiously with perhaps just one up front or if they go for it.
Saint Etienne are not at their strongest and we may see evidence of this in the game. They do have a very good record over Lorient though. This will be a tough game to predict but we do expect an exciting game that could become more open as it goes on.
Saint-Etienne vs Lorient Bet Tips:
Half Time: A draw at 2.50 (6/4)
Highest Scoring half: 2nd half at 2.10 (11/10).