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ESTAC take on visiting opponents St Etienne at Stade de L'Aube in the Ligue 1 fixture on Sunday.
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ESTAC will be hoping to return to winning ways here after a 4-0 Ligue 1 loss in their previous game against RC Lens.
In that game, ESTAC had 41% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, RC Lens got 22 shots at goal with 12 of them on target. Arnaud Kalimuendo-Muinga (14'), Wesley Saïd (29'), Jonathan Clauss (35') and Przemysław Frankowski (60') scored for RC Lens.
It has not been often in recent games where ESTAC have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that ESTAC have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 10 goals on the way. That trend isn’t assured to be carried forward into this match, of course.
Coming into this meeting, ESTAC are undefeated in their previous 4 league matches at home.
St Etienne will go into this meeting following on from a 3-2 Ligue 1 win over Clermont Foot in their most recent match.
In that game, St Etienne had 49% possession and 18 shots on goal with 4 on target. For St Etienne, the goals were scored by Arnaud Nordin (78'), Jean-Philippe Krasso (92') and Saidou Sow (94'). On the other side, Clermont Foot got 9 shots at goal with 4 on target. Mohamed Bayo (59') and Jason Berthomier (64') scored for Clermont Foot.
The stats don’t lie, and St Etienne have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 14 goals in all. In defence, St Etienne have been far from perfect.
Heading into this contest, St Etienne are without an away win for the past 7 league games.
Head to head
A glance at their past head to head meetings stretching back to 23/09/2015 shows that ESTAC have won 1 of these & St Etienne 4, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
In all, 13 goals were produced between them in these games, with 5 of them for Troyes and 8 belonging to Les Verts. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.17.
The previous league clash between these sides was Ligue 1 match day 34 on 22/04/2018 and the score finished St Etienne 2-1 ESTAC.
On that occasion, St Etienne managed 66% possession and 18 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorer was Berič (68', 74').
ESTAC had 5 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Adama Niane (8') scored.
The match was refereed by Stéphane Jochem.
Team News: ESTAC
The ESTAC boss Laurent Battles doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all before this game owing to a completely injury-free group available to choose from.
Team News: St Etienne
With a completely healthy group to pick from, the St Etienne boss Claude Puel has no fitness worries at all ahead of this match.
We’ve got the feeling that St Etienne have enough to find the back of the net against this ESTAC side, however it is unlikely to be as many as they will have scored against them.
We are anticipating a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for ESTAC by the conclusion of the game. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade de L'Aube (20,400)
Captain: Jimmy Giraudon
Chairman: Simon Cliff
Manager: Laurent Battles
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 14
⭐ Star Player: Mama Baldé
Typically taking to the field in the Right Wing position, Mama Baldé was born in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau. Having played his first senior match for Desportivo Aves in the 2017 - 2018 season, the dangerous Forward has netted 3 league goals in this Ligue 1 2021 - 2022 campaign to date from a total of 12 appearances.