In a fierce fight for the Ligue 1 runners-up, Monaco will open on Friday, December 15, the eighteenth round of the French Championship in its 2017/2018 season, the penultimate of the first round. He will face St. Etienne from 17:45 (Brasília time). The game will be held stadium Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne.
recent performance of St. Etienne
The alvverde is very sick of the legs. He has not won once in the last nine games. It was four draws and five losses. In this relationship are the draw with Strasbourg, 1 to 1, away from home, which caused the elimination in the penalty shootout of the French League Cup.
If the fall can not be celebrated, at least it provided an advantage for the match on Friday. While the Monegasque had to play for the tournament, St. Etienne had the week off for training.
The campaign of the club in the French Championship shows that there is a need for much training. With 20 points (five wins, five draws and seven losses), St. Etienne is a modest fifteenth. It has only two points more than Lille, eighteenth placed and first in the relegation zone.
Coach Julien Sable should be eagerly awaiting the opening of the European winter transfer season in January to ask for reinforcements from the leaders. In addition to having a lean cast, he still faces two-player bruising problems that are often among the starters. Doubts for Friday’s match are Brazilian defender Moisés (seven matches in the 2017/2018 French Championship, one goal) and midfielder Romain Hamouma (ten games, one goal).
current form of Monaco
Acting at home against Caen, Monaco confirmed their favoritism on Tuesday, December 12. It reached the classification for the quarterfinals of the Glass of the League of France when scoring 2 to 0.
Focusing on winning national cups should be the strategy drawn by the Monegasque for the final stretch of the season. After all, the team, which was a semi-finalist in the previous edition of the Champions League, finished in the last position of their group in the first phase of the current season of the tournament and did not even have the right to play in the Europa League. In addition, the Ligue 1 title will hardly escape PSG’s hands.
In that tournament, the maximum to be achieved seems to be the runner-up. The fight for second place is intense. Three teams are tied for scoring. Monaco is one of them. With 35 points (11 wins, two draws and four losses), he is next to Lyon and Olympique de Marseille.
He has a chance to isolate in second place on Friday, as rivals will face a direct confrontation on Sunday, December 15. The match will be held in Lyon complementing the day of number 18.
The recent performance as a visitor to Monaco, however, is not able to generate much optimism in its fans. In the last four matches, the team added just four of the 12 points played.
It shows clearly that the reformulation in the cast made in the attempt to reinforce the box of the club weakened significantly the club. To make matters worse, the Portuguese coach André Jardim still has to deal with five medical problems. They are in treatment of injury the defender Julien Serrano (without performances in season 2017/2018 of the French Championship); Youri Tielemeans (12 games, no goal) and Adama Traore (three matches, three goals); and the attackers Stevan Jovetic (six games, two goals) and Jordi Mboula (without performances).
History of the bouts between St. Etienne and Monaco
Monaco have not lost to St. Etienne for six games. However, the tie was the most frequent result in this series. It was registered on two occasions. The Monaco victories were only two. At the St. Etienne stadium, Monaco has not won since 2007.
Oscillation has been the hallmark of the two clubs’ campaign in the first half of the season. This opens up the opportunity for a more risky hunch on homeowners. St. Etienne’s success allows to quadruple investment in Rivalo. Defeat paid 3.50 and Monaco’s win yields 1.90 per 1.