Both St-Etienne and Stade Reims will look to further their respective season objectives when they meet at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
St Etienne Match Form
Les Verts could not have a more contrasting season to follow up last year’s 4th-place finish. While that finish got them into the Europa League, a tournament where they did not progress beyond the group stage, this season looks like an entirely different battle.
Claude Puel’s men are currently 16th in the table, with 28 points from 25 games. They lead Nimes by a solitary point while Dijon in the relegation play-off spot are just 2 points behind. Amiens in 19th place are 7 points behind, giving a decent cushion from direct relegation for now.
St-Etienne would prefer to get as far away from that battle and will be looking to gather as many points as possible, especially at home. After losing 3-2 at Brest in the previous game, Puel will look at Denis Bouanga and Lois Diony’s goals for motivation heading into this one.
Stade Reims Match Form
Coming to their opponents, Stade Reims are looking to secure an unlikely European berth at the other end of the table. After finishing 8th last season, they are currently in 9th place, with 36 points from 25 games.
David Guion’s men are level on points with OGC Nice while only a 4-point gap separates them with Lille in the final European spot. Further, Rennes in 3rd place are just 5 points ahead. Thus, Reims have every reason to believe in a higher finish, however, it is easier said than done.
After beating Rennes 1-0 in the last league game with a goal from El Bilal Toure, Guion will expect nothing less than 3 points from the upcoming one.
Team News & H2H
In terms of team news, Puel will be without Zaydou Youssouf and Kevin Monnet-Paquet due to long-term injuries. Coming to their opponents, Kaj Sierhuis and Arber Zeneli are both ruled out until next month. Barring these players, both managers have fully-fit squads to choose from.
Looking at head-to-head, St-Etienne have a good record against their visitors, winning 6 and losing just 2 in their 13 meetings so far. While they did lose the reverse fixture 3-1 back in December, Les Verts were unbeaten in the 10 games prior to that in all competitions.
Further, in 6 home meetings, St-Etienne have conceded just once, scoring 12 in reply. Thus, this fixture is pretty one-sided looking at history. However, recent form evens the odds a little bit.
St Etienne vs Stade Reims Betting Tips
St-Etienne have lost each of their last 4 in the league compared to their visitors’ solitary loss in the same run. Further, the hosts have lost 3 of their last 4 league games amidst home comforts as well. However, Reims have failed to win in 3 of their last 4 away games in the Ligue 1.
Thus, looking at both history and form, the hosts can be expected to prevail and rejuvenate their campaign after this game.
St-Etienne Predicted XI: Ruffier; Macon, Fofana, Saliba, Kolodziejczak; Camara, M’Vila, Cabaye; Boudebouz, Bouanga, Diony
Stade Reims Predicted XI: Rajkovic; Foket, Disasi, Abdelhamid, Kamara; Munetsi, Cassama, Chavalerin; Dia, Doumbia, Toure