St-Etienne will look to get a result when they host Bordeaux at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the Ligue 1 on Sunday.
St-Etienne Match Form
Les Verts are nowhere close to their last season’s levels when they finished fourth. An underwhelming start to the season resulted in the previous manager Ghislain Printant getting the sack in October.
Claude Puel has not fared particularly well either but still has the job. His side is 16th in the league table, with 29 points from 27 games. They are just 2 points clear of Nimes in 18th place, which is the relegation play-off spot.
Thus, St-Etienne would want to get as far away from the relegation battle as possible. With that primary aim, Les Verts will look to do better than losing 2-0 away at Lyon in the previous game. Puel will expect his side to get a result at the minimum from this one.
Bordeaux Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Bordeaux are in a similar state to last season, when they finished 14th. Les Girondins are currently 12th in the table, with 36 points from 27 games. While Angers is level with them, Nantes is one point ahead of them.
Paulo Sousa’s men did hit a purple patch mid-season which saw them rise as high as 3rd, however, they failed to sustain the same levels after that. Currently, a top-half finish is not out of possibility with the trio of Strasbourg, OGC Nice all on 38 points.
Further, Lyon in 5th place are just 4 points ahead as well. Thus, a string of good results will help Sousa’s men finish spectacularly. However, it is easier said than done and the gaffer would want his men to do better than the 1-1 draw with Nice in the previous game.
In terms of team news, Puel will be without the services of Kevin Monnet-Paquet and Zaydou Youssouf. Meanwhile, Bordeaux have a fully-fit squad available and Sousa can be expected to play his best XI.
H2H & St-Etienne vs Bordeaux Soccer Betting Tips
Looking at head-to-head, the duo have met 67 times so far, with Etienne winning 20 and drawing 20 while Bordeaux won the remaining 27 games. However, there have been no draws in the last 5 meetings, with Les Girondins winning 3 to Etienne’s 2.
However, Les Verts won the most recent 2, including the reverse fixture this season. In these last 5, Bordeaux have scored 9 compared to Etienne’s 6. Also, there have been 3 clean sheets as well.
The recent form of the 2 sides is not great either with Puel’s men winless in their last 7 league games. On the other hand, Bordeaux have lost just once in their last 7 in the league.
Therefore, Bordeaux can be expected to edge out the hosts and pick up a close 2-1 away win in the end.
St-Etienne Predicted XI: Moulin; Debuchy, Fofana, Saliba, Kolodziejczak; Honorat, Cabaye, M’Vila, Trauco; Diony, Bouanga
Bordeaux Predicted XI: Costil; Kwateng, Koscielny, Pablo, Sabaly; Basic, Otavio; Hwang, Pardo, Kalu; De Preville