Preview - Saint-Étienne vs. Nîmes 02 April 19

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Apr 01, 2019, 06:51 PM Last Edit: Apr 01, 2019, 07:30 PM by Harry85
Match Day 30
Saint-Étienne vs. Nîmes
Tuesday, April 2nd 2019
03:30am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Saint-Étienne: 
Last five matches form: L W L L W
Average goals per match: 1.41
Average goals against per match: 1.17
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (12)

Nîmes:
Last five matches form: W W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Rachid Alioui (5)


The Ligue 1 action continues as we head into April and the final run in of the season. The next game on the slate of fixtures sees fifth placed Saint-Étienne play host to Nîmes who are down in twelfth spot.

Ten points adrift of third placed Lyon, the Champion's League is probably out of reach for Saint-Étienne now, but a win in this one would lift them up above Marseille and into fourth spot in the race for the Europa League.

There was nothing to split the sides in their opening clash, with the game in Nîmes finishing in a 1-1 draw. The most recent game between the teams here at the Stade Geoffory-Guichard came in the cup back in January 2018, with Saint-Étienne running out 2-0 winners that day.

The injuries are beginning to mount up just a little for Saint-Étienne. Kévin Monnet-Paquet, Lois Diony, Loic Perrin, Gabriel Silva and Yannis Salibur are all crocked for this one, whilst star man and top-scorer Wahbi Khazri is suspended. Moustapha Diallo and Clement Depres are on the injured list for Nîmes, who also have a suspended player in Loïck Landre.

Having gone unbeaten in their first ten at home in the league, Saint-Étienne have now lost three of their last four in front of their own fans, but two of those have come against the top two sides PSG and Lille. They have only conceded more than one goal at home in two of 14 fixtures overall.

A total of five away wins is a respectable total for Nîmes on their return to Ligue 1. Things haven't been so good of late though with four defeats in their last five on the road - failing to score in three of those games.

The absence of Khazri is a big blow for Saint-Étienne. They are good at the back at home though and may do enough to just sneak this one.



Prediction: Saint-Étienne 1 - 0 Nîmes

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