Preview - Saint-Étienne vs Toulouse 29 April 19

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Match Day 34
Saint-Étienne vs. Toulouse
Monday, April 29th 2019
00:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Saint-Étienne: 
Last five matches form: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 1.52
Average goals against per match: 1.12
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (13)

Toulouse:
Last five matches form: D L W L D
Average goals per match: 0.91
Average goals against per match: 1.39
Top Scorer: Max Gradel (10)

The Match Day 34 Ligue 1 action continues at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as fourth placed Saint-Étienne play host to 15th placed Toulouse.

With Marseille lurking just two points behind in fifth, Saint-Étienne will be looking to continue to fend off their rivals with a win in this one. A win here would also close the gap on third placed Lyon to just three points, and as such it is by no means impossible that they could yet force their way into the Champion's League picture.

Eight points clear of the relegation zone, Toulouse may not be mathematically safe just yet, but it would take an extremely unusual sequence of events in order for them to go down now. Any motivational advantage likely lies with the home side.

The sides shared five goals in the reverse of this fixture with Saint-Étienne coming away from Toulouse with a 3-2 win. It also went Saint-Étienne's way in the game here last season. 2-0 the score on that occasion.

Kévin Monet-Paquet, Gabriel Silva and Yannis Salibur are all out injured for the home side, whilst Timothée Kolodziejczak misses out through suspension. Toulouse look to be at full strength.

Saint-Étienne have been largely impressive at home this season, with eleven wins from sixteen overall, scoring two or more in eleven of those games.

Toulouse have won four of 16 away fixtures, scoring in all bar three of those games, but managing more than one goal on only two occasions.

More talented, more motivated and playing at home should all add up to a Saint-Étienne success in this one.

Prediction: Saint-Étienne 3 - 1 Toulouse

Harry85

Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  14 - 12
Shots on target: 7 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 54% - 46%


Mathieu Debuchy was booked for the home side, with Ibrahim Sangare and Issiaga Sylla of Toulouse also having their names taken by referee Jeremy Stinat.


A relatively comfortable afternoon for the hosts in the end. Building a lead early, they never really looked in any danger of relinquishing it, although things could have been a bit more interesting but for a late missed penalty.


The opening goal arrived in just the second minute here. A sweeping move down the left-hand side seeing Pierre-Yves Polomat burst into the left of the area and whip a low ball across the six yard box. Robert Beric arriving to tap in from a couple of yards at the far post.


Just eight minutes later the hosts had a two-goal cushion. A Wahbi Khazri dummy setting up an even quicker burst forward, again down the left. Khazri receiving the ball and finding Beric in acres in the right of the area. Beric picking his spot to finish into the bottom left from 12 yards. 2-0 at the break.


Toulouse were handed a lifeline in the 77th minute when Mathieu Debuchy brought down Max Gradel in the left of the area. Gradel went for the bottom right with his penalty kick, but so too did Stephane Ruffier to tip the effort onto the post and away to safety. 2-0 final score.


Saint-Étienne continue their late season surge. Still sitting in fourth, they are only three points behind third placed Lyon with the exact same goal difference. They still need Lyon to slip up in the remaining four games, but look ready and waiting to pounce into that Champion's League qualifying spot should they do so.


Toulouse's season looks to be petering out. Nine points clear of the bottom three with only four to play, it would take a strange turn of events for them to be drawn into the relegation zone now, and motivation may just be a little lacking.





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