St Etienne vs Lille
French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 25 September 2016
Kick Off: 14:00 BST
Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard (St Etienne).
St Etienne has lost just one game this season and has now, after their recent 0-0 draw with Nantes, gone 5 games unbeaten. They are currently in 10th position in Ligue 1 with 9 points and are having an unspectacular start to the season but still a solid one.
The team just can’t seem to get going and really need back to back victories in order to advance their season. At home they are unbeaten and have gained 7 points from their last nine on offer. They have also scored 4 goals and conceded just 1.
Against Nantes they had striker Kevin Malcuit sent off and then survived a penalty from the Canaries to hold out for a 0-0 draw. One could argue that they actually played better as a team with 10 men and there is a real spirit about the team.
Lille is third from bottom of the league and more worrying is the fact that they have lost 3 games in a row and have gone 4 matches without a win. On their travels they have collected just 1 point from the 9 available. In mid-week they lost to Toulouse at home 2-1.
St Etienne vs Lille: Head to Head Stats
Lille have won the last two fixtures against St Etienne by the same score line of 1-0. Before that St Etienne beat Lille twice here by the same score line of 2-0. In the last 10 matches between the two only 3 of those has seen 3 goals or more.
St Etienne vs Lille: Prediction
Lille surely needs something from this game but they do look poor. However they aren’t afraid to take chances and seem to get them even though they end up losing. St Etienne keep stuttering and we could see a game decided on midfield tactics which could well lead to a very cautious and nervous one for both players and fans.
St Etienne vs Lille: Bet Tips
St Etienne and Lille to draw at 11/5 (3.20)
Correct Score: Full Time 1-1 at 11/2 (6.50).
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