Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne
2018/19 French Ligue 1
Date: Sunday, 19 August 2018
Kick-Off at 14:00 UK / 15:00 CET
Venue: Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg.
Strasbourg took the most of Pablo’s 13th-minute red card to ease past Bordeaux 0-2 away at Stade Matmut-Atlantique last weekend.
Le Racing thus got three unexpected points on the board and they will come into the second round tie with Saint-Etienne high on confidence, aiming to capitalize on the inaugural success.
The visitors will, however, also enter the game in high spirits following their victory over Guingamp on the opening Matchday.
Jean-Louis Gasset has set ambitions sky-high for the new season as he has a strong attacking potential in his ranks. We’d thus not be surprised to see Saint-Etienne in the battle for the top-five finish at the end of the season in Ligue 1.
Gasset’s 4-2-3-1 formation with Lois Diony as the sole striker and Wahbi Khazri as the main playmaker worked very well against Guingamp as we expect a similar line-up here at Stade de la Meinau as well.
Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne: Head-to-head
- Saint-Etienne picked up four points from two games against Strasbourg in the previous term of Ligue 1.
- Les Verts still trail by two wins in the overall H2H stats against Le Racing ahead of teams’ 21st meeting.
- Strasbourg won 6 and lost 3 of 11 home games against Saint-Etienne.
Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne: Prediction
Thierry Laurey’s defensive line was not tested at all in the first game of the season given that Strasbourg had an extra man almost throughout the entire course of the match at Stade Matmut-Atlantique.
They will be up against a challenging attacking quartet of Les Verts’ who can score against any team in the division with the names of Monnet-Paquet, Hamouma, Khazri and Diony in their ranks.
Both teams favour unusually attacking-minded football (for French standards) which is why we would not be surprised to witness a goal fest when they take on each other in the first game of the day on Sunday.
You can back goals at both ends at quite attractive 1.90 odds. The alternative pick will be Saint-Etienne to score two or more goals at 2.60.
Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 9/10 (1.90)
Saint-Etienne Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 8/5 (2.60).