Friday, February 6, 2015

AS Saint-Etienne vs RC Lens
Competition: French Ligue 1, 2014/2015 (Matchday 24)
Match date: 06 February 2015
Kick Off Time: 19:30 GMT
Venue: Geoffroy Guichard (St. Etienne, France)

Coach Galtier finally realized the offensive deficiencies and tried to redress the situation. Unfortunately the change in system was of no use in-front of a club like Caen, who beat Saint Etienne 1-0 at home last round. Saint-Etienne, who are now same points as 5th-placed AS Monaco, have failed to score in three consecutive league games, remain seven points behind third-placed PSG. Galtier’s men need to put more emphasis on the offensive aspect in the upcoming match against Lens. Winger Monnet-Pacquet is still injured but St Etienne have enough attacking potential in midfield thanks to Hamouma and Mollo. ASSE are currently on 6th place in the home standings with 6 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats, a goal difference of 14:5 and 21 points.
Lens team lost two times in their previous four league matches and continued with weak efficiency. They currently sit on the 19th position, three points behind the safe zone. The left side is Lens’ main weapon. Most of Lens’ actions were started by fullback Boulanger, continued by play-maker Valdivia, who got engaged in fast paced actions with forward Coulibaly. However, their main strategy for stopping the opponent seemed to be agglomerating a certain area. Last round Ahmed Kantari scored an 80th-minute penalty to earn Lens a 1-1 draw against in-form Bastia at home. RC Lens dominated the early stages of the game, and they came agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock when Pierrick Valdivia dragged an effort just wide from the edge of the box. They are currently on 13th place in the away standings with 2 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats, a goal difference of 9:16 and 9 points.

Probable lineups:
Saint-Etienne: Ruffier – Theophile-Catherine, Baysse, Perrin, Tabanou – Lemoine, Clement – Hamouma, Corgnet, Mollo – van Wolfswinkel.
RC Lens: Riou – Cavare, Gbamin, Kantari, Baal – Cyprien, Le Moigne, Valdivia, Nomenjanahary – Chavarria, Coulibaly.

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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