Preview - Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne 19 August 18

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Match Day 2
Strasbourg vs Saint-Etienne
Sunday, August 19th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade de la Meinau

Last five matches form: D L W L W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.16
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.76
Top Scorer 17/18: Nuna Da Costa (5)

Last five matches form: W L L W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.24
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.32
Top Scorer 17/18: Remy Cabella (5)

Both sides began their Ligue 1 campaign with a win. Strasbourg picking up an excellent three points away at Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne seeing off Guingamp at home.

Where the goals are going to come from would have been a legitimate concern for both of these sides prior to the season beginning. Strasbourg having seen top scorer Stéphane Bahoken leave on a free and Saint-Etienne's joint top marksman Jonathan Bamba also departing.

Saint-Etienne have at least bolstered their attacking midfield options though with the permanent signing of Remy Cabella and the acquisition of Wahbi Khazri from Sunderland.

Saint-Etienne won this fixture 1-0 last season and we may be in for a tight encounter once again.

Benjamin Corgnet looks set to miss out for the home side, whilst Saint-Etienne will have to make do without Mathieu Debuchy, Robert Beric and Kévin Monnet-Paquet.

Saint-Etienne were much the better of these two sides last season, but we suspect there may not be so much between them come the close of the season this time around.

We were impressed with Strasbourg last week, with Ibrahima Sissoko in particular looking a real find in midfield. Strasbourg look to have the advantage when it comes to injuries headed into this game which may just tilt things in their favour. The home side can pick up the points in this one.

Prediction: Strasbourg 2 - 1 Saint-Etienne


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  10 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 60% - 40%

Stefan Mitrovic was booked for the home side. Saint-Etienne meanwhile had Yann M'Vila and Wahbi Khazri shown yellow in addition to a straight red for Neven Subotic in just the 18th minute.

Having had the man advantage for so long, it was Strasbourg who came out on top in the stats here as one would expect. They were unable to convert their advantage into a victory though, succumbing to a late equaliser from the visitors who showed plenty of character throughout.

A feisty opening saw both sides struggling to create anything of note, and then came the game changing dismissal. Sobotic being deemed to have prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity when hauling down Strasbourg's Nuno Da Costa. With other defenders in the vicinity this looked a little borderline, but off he went.

Saint-Etienne more than held their own for the remainder of the first half, and actually still looked the more threatening of the two sides despite being a man down. 0-0 at the break though.

Ten minutes into the second half the visitors found themselves not just a man down but a goal down too. Anthony Goncalves latching on to a ball into the area and controlling well before supplying an arrowed finish into the top left-hand corner from around the right hand corner of the six yard box. It looked like being tough for the visitors to get back into this now.

Get back into it they did though, for all that it did take until the 88th minute. A low cross into the area from deep on the right catching the home defence napping and allowing Makhtar Gueye to sweep the ball home on the volley from around ten yards. 1-1 final score.

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