Preview - Saint-Étienne vs Nantes 12 January 20

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Match Day 20
Saint-Étienne vs. Nantes
Sunday, January 12th 2020
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Saint-Étienne:
Last five matches form: L W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.16
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Denis Bouanga (7)

Nantes:
Last five matches form: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 0.89
Average goals against per match: 0.95
Top Scorer: Ludovic Blas & Kalifa Coulibaly (4)

The Match Day 20 action in Ligue 1 continues at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard as Saint-Étienne play host to Nantes. Currently struggling down in 14th, Saint-Étienne have enjoyed a disappointing start to the season and will be looking to arrest a three-game losing streak in this one. It won't be easy though against a Nantes outfit who are on the heels of the top four.

Saint-Étienne picked up the points in a 3-2 thriller in the reverse of this fixture. Saint-Étienne were also victorious in the game here last season - 3-0 the score-line on that occasion.

Denis Bouanga, Kévin Monnet-Paquet, Romain Hamouma and William Saliba are all out injured for the home side, whilst Wesey Fofana is suspended. Nantes must make do without Fabio, Marcus Coco and Nicolas Pallois.

Saint-Étienne haven't been bad at home this season with only three defeats from nine. With more draws than wins here though they are going to need to start turning those one points into three with greater regularity. Having scored one or fewer on six occasions, they can struggle for goals at times, and won't be helped by the absence of their top scorer in this one.

Nantes have won three of nine on the road, including when picking up all three points with a narrow success at Nîmes in their most recent away fixture. Their past six games on the road have all featured two or fewer goals.

Nantes have failed to score in three of their last five on the road, and with the home side being shorn of attacking options, a goalless draw wouldn't be the biggest surprise in this one.


Prediction: Saint-Étienne 0 - 0 Nantes

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 10 - 11
Shots on target: 1 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 1
Possession: 59% - 41%


Wahbi Khazri and Sergi Palencia were booked for the home side, with Imran Louza of Nantes also having his name taken by referee Benoit Bastien.


Not a whole lot in this one. The home side did edge the possession stats, but managing to fashion just the one shot on target over the course of the ninety minutes was never likely to end too well for them, and in the end so it proved. It was Nantes who proved the more clinical and incisive in the final third, and given that greater attacking proficiency, they probably did just about deserve it.


Nantes took the lead in the 23rd minute. A cross in from the right being cleared, but only as far as Mehdi Abeid on the edge of the area to the left. Abeid taking a touch forward and smashing a fine effort into the top left corner.

Little to nothing from the home side going forward. 0-1 at the interval.


Three minutes into the second half, Nantes made it two. Excellent work from Moses Simon in the left of the area to spin and beat his man before picking out Ludovic Blas with a low cross. Blas sweeping into the bottom right from around ten yards out to the left.


Probably not helped by the completely empty stands due to sanctions against the club because of fan trouble, the home side never remotely looked like getting back into this.


0-2 final score.


Saint-Étienne's disappointing season continues. They sit in fifteenth spot after this. Eight points clear of the drop zone, they aren't in any imminent danger, but will be seeking improvements sooner rather than later nonetheless. Nantes move up into fourth spot and are now only a point off the Champion's League positions.

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