Saint-Etienne vs. Strasbourg 9/12/20 Ligue 1 Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint-Etienne 1-0-0, Strasbourg 0-0-2
9/12/20 3 pm
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Saint-Etienne is hosting Strasbourg at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in round 3 in the French Ligue 1.
Saint-Etienne has been struggling in the preseason, and they have lost Coupe de France match against PSG. Saint-Etienne’s first Ligue 1 game against Marseille has been canceled, while they were facing Lorient on at home last week. Saint-Etienne was the better team in that match with 52% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 2 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and solid 83% of the correct passes. With 1 scored goal in each half, Saint-Etienne has won this match 2-0. Hamouma is the only goalscorer for Saint-Etienne with 2 goals, while Nordin has added 2 assists. Silva is injured, while Youssouf is still questionable for this game. Saint-Etienne has barely escaped the relegation zone last season where they ended in 17th place with 30 points, but since the season was shortened, I’m sure Saint-Etienne would have climbed the standings before the end. I was watching Saint-Etienne against PSG, and they can play good and fast soccer, which they also demonstrated against Lorient. I think this season will be much better than the last one for Saint-Etienne, and I see them closer to the Europa League than the relegation zone.
Strasbourg is on a 4-game losing streak during which they conceded 12 goals while scoring 5 goals. Strasbourg is in 19th place in Ligue 1 standings, still without points, and with 1 scored goal, and 5 conceded goals in 2 games. In their latest Ligue 1 match against Nice at home, Strasbourg has had 44% of ball possession, 0 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 82% of the correct passes. The defense is the biggest problem for Strasbourg in Ligue 1 so far, and it was the problem in this match. Strasbourg has lost this match 0-2. Chahiri is the only goalscorer for Nice with only 1 goal, while Ajorque added 1 assist. Sels is the only injured player for Strasbourg at the moment. Strasbourg was far from the relegation zone last season when Ligue 1 got canceled, and they ended in 11th place with 38 points, 32 scored goals, and only 32 conceded goals. I know that this slump in Strasbourg must end soon, but until they can fix their defense, Strasbourg will continue to struggle. The schedule is not getting any easier for Strasbourg anytime soon, which means they are depending only on themselves. Strasbourg has enough quality to stay outside the relegation zone, but I don’t see them anywhere near the spot where they ended last season.
When playing at home, Saint-Etienne has not lost in their last 3 games, while Strasbourg has lost 4 straight games. Saint-Etienne is the better team here, with more quality, and a better soccer style. I will stick with Saint-Etienne at home where they will look to continue their winning streak.