Monaco desperately needs to reignite their title charge in Ligue 1 this week when they travel to take on St. Etienne. The match schedules for Friday at Stade Geoffroy Guichard, with kickoff at 11 pm.
The hosts again a much needed three points over Angers in their most recent encounter, whereas Monaco’s top-of-the-table showdown with Lille ended with a goalless stalemate.
Saint Etienne moved clear above the dotted line with the return of Wahbi Khazri and among the goalscorers. The Tunisian International faced a major injury setback at the start of the campaign. However, he sealed the only goal of the night following their 1-0 win over Angers last weekend.
The win saw Claude Piel’s side end a three-match winless run at the Stade Raymond Kopa. Puel’s side shook off any fears of Dijon catching up with them through the win. It is a major boost for Etienne, who witnessed surrounding rivals Lorient and Nantes drop points in their midweek encounters.
Niko Kovac failed to put up a show against Christopher Galtier, especially with their heated moments on the touchline. Many though Monaco would take advantage of Lille’s manager absence on the pitch to redeem their title hopes. However, it ended with both sides sharing the spoils.
A major improvement by Kovac is the leaky defence, with the side only conceding one goal in their last five matches.
St. Etienne vs Monaco Head to Head
Both sides have 24 games against each other, with St. Etienne taking home ten wins while Monaco with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Angers 0-1 Etienne
Etienne 2-3 RC Lens
Lorient 2-1 Etienne
Etienne 1-1 Reims
Monaco 0-0 Lille
Nice 0-2 Monaco
Strasbourg 1-0 Monaco
Monaco 2-0 Brest
St. Etienne Team News
Puel will welcome former Arsenal man and captain Mathieu Debuchy into the starting lineup with the hosts with much to lose from a loss. There will be the latest injury assessments for Yvan Neyou, Harold Moukoudi and Lucas Gourna-Douath. Romain Hamouma’s will have to wait to make his 300th appearance with a hamstring injury.
Monaco Team News
Kovac receives a major boost with the return of Krepin Diatta from suspension. However, it remains unlikely he might slot into the starting lineup. Sofiane Diop provides an option in attack. Benchwarmers for this match include Gelson Martins, Pietro Pellegrini and Willem Geubbels.
Prediction and Odds
The hosts have had some unexpected victories over the home side, expecting a different story this Friday.
Goals Under 2.5
First to Score: Monaco