Preview - Saint-Etienne vs Troyes 22 April 2018

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Apr 22, 2018, 09:15 PM Last Edit: Apr 23, 2018, 07:48 AM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Saint-Etienne vs Troyes
Monday, April 23rd, 2018
00:00 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard

Last five matches form: D W W D W
Average goals per match: 1.15
Average goals against per match: 1.36
Top Scorer: Jonathan Bamba and Rémy Cabella (6)

Last five matches form: L D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.82
Average goals against per match: 1.48
Top Scorer: Adama Niane (7)

Two sides with very differing ambitions for the run-in meet on Match Day 34 in Ligue 1 as Troyes travel to take on Saint-Etienne at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

Ninth placed Saint-Etienne have hit a rich vein of form of late and depending upon results elsewhere a win here could see them rise as high as fifth and into the Europa League positions. Centre back Loic Perrin and Ronael Pierre Gabriel miss out through injury, whilst midfielder Ole Selnaes is suspended.

For Troyes it is survival which is the name of the game. Currently third bottom and four points adrift of safety, they will be bidding to halt a run which has seen them go winless in their last eight, losing six. Holding midfielder Tristan Dingome misses out through injury.

Troyes did come out on top in what was a bad-tempered clash earlier in the season, with both players having a player sent off. They have been abysmal away from home though. Losing eleven of their last 12 Ligue 1 fixtures on the road, failing to score on six occasions.

Troyes appear to be in free fall of late and will do well to even hold on to the relegation play-off position the way they are playing.

Saint-Etienne really are ticking along very well at present and should be able to extend their 11-match unbeaten run. This looks like a comfortable home win.

Prediction: Saint-Etienne 2 - 0 Troyes


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 18 - 6
Shots on target: 6 - 3
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 66% - 34%

Just the two bookings here, both for the away side, with referee Stephane Jochem issuing the yellow card to Francois Bellugou and Charles Traore.

This match went the way most would have expected in the end, with the in form home side picking up the win. Dominant on all the statistics they certainly deserved it, but Troyes made them do it the hard way by taking an early lead.

The opening goal came after just eight minutes. Woeful defending from Neven Subotic, gifting the ball to Benjamin Nivet who raced into the area and drew the keeper before playing across goal to Adama Niane to tap in to an empty net.

Troyes didn't have another effort on goal of any description in the first half, but despite coming under increasing pressure they did hold their lead until the break.

They surely couldn't hold out forever though and in the space of five second half minutes the match was turned on its head.

Romain Hamouma's free kick from near the left by-line in the 69th minute finding Robert Beric unmarked in the six-yard box to head home.

The second came in the 74th minute as the result of a swift counter attack. Romain Hamouma the provider once again, this time racing down the left-hand side before squaring into the box to find Beric bearing down on goal. One side foot finish later and Saint-Etienne had the lead.

They didn't relinquish it.

Saint-Etienne continue their rise up the table and now sit in sixth position just one point away from the European spots.

Troyes remain third bottom, and with Toulouse winning this weekend now find themselves four points away from safety.

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