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St Etienne Push for the Champions League

07 May 2019 | Ligue 1 | Preview
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St Etienne Push for the Champions League

There are just three weeks remaining in the French Ligue 1 and although the title has long been decided, there is a great race for the final Champions League qualifying place.

Two of the teams in contention meet on Friday night as St Etienne host Montpellier at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

St Etienne begin this round of fixtures in fourth place, 1 point behind Lyon who currently occupy the final Champions League position.  Montpellier are in fifth place, 7 points adrift of St Etienne but can close the gap to 4 points with a win.

Trends show Saint-Étienne have been in excellent form and they are undefeated in their last seven Ligue 1 games. The 5-0 win at Caen in the middle of March has seen them embark on a great run which has included six wins and one draw.

The wins have come over Caen, Nimes, Bordeaux, Reims, Toulouse and Monaco, the latter of which was away from home last weekend.

St Etienne have won each of their last three home Ligue One games, scoring 2 or more goals in the process.  They have also conceded just 1 goal in those 3 matches, keeping two clean sheets.  Trends show they have won nine of their last twelve home league games.

Montpellier HSC have been on a good run of their own and they have remained undefeated in their last four Ligue 1 games. However, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Amiens last weekend and that was a match they were hoping to win.  It was 2 points dropped and they cannot afford to do the same in this game.

Away form has been where the problems have come for Montpellier this season and trends show they have won just two of their last ten league matches on the road.  They did win last time out at Strasbourg but keeping a clean sheet has been a problem and Montpellier have failed to keep one in their last five attempts.

Both teams have scored in nine of their last eleven Ligue One games.

Looking ahead to the team news and St Etienne are without Thimothée Kolodziejczak who is suspended plus Gabriel Silva, Yannis Salibur and Kevin Monnet-Paquet who are injured.

Montpellier have just two injury concerns with Facundo Piriz and Keagan Larenzo Dolly rated as doubtful.

This is a must-win game for both teams in their pursuit of a top three place this season.  St Etienne are in good form and with home advantage plus Montpellier’s poor away form, it should be the home side who come out on top.  However, Montpellier could find the back the net to see both teams score.

Predictions for Ligue 1

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Dijon FCORC Lens
02/06/2019 20:00
2
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RC LensDijon FCO
30/05/2019 19:45
1
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Stade RennaisLille OSC
24/05/2019 20:05
X
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Stade ReimsParis St. Germain
24/05/2019 20:05
2

France Ligue 1 - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Paris St. Germain 91 38 29 4 5 105 35 70
2. Lille OSC 75 38 22 9 7 68 33 35
3. Lyon 72 38 21 9 8 70 47 23
4. AS Saint-Étienne 66 38 19 9 10 59 41 18
5. Olympique Marseille 61 38 18 7 13 60 52 8
6. Montpellier HSC 59 38 15 14 9 53 42 11
7. OGC Nice 56 38 15 11 12 30 35 -5
8. Stade Reims 55 38 13 16 9 39 42 -3
9. Nîmes Olympique 53 38 15 8 15 57 58 -1
10. Stade Rennais 52 38 13 13 12 55 52 3
11. Strasbourg 49 38 11 16 11 58 48 10
12. FC Nantes 48 38 13 9 16 48 48 0
13. Angers SCO 46 38 10 16 12 44 49 -5
14. Girondins Bordeaux 41 38 10 11 17 34 42 -8
15. Amiens SC 38 38 9 11 18 31 52 -21
16. Toulouse FC 38 38 8 14 16 35 57 -22
17. AS Monaco 36 38 8 12 18 38 57 -19
18. Dijon FCO 34 38 9 7 22 31 60 -29
19. SM Caen 33 38 7 12 19 29 54 -25
20. Guingamp 27 38 5 12 21 28 68 -40

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