France Ligue 1 – Caen v St Etienne Preview (23/10/16)

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Caen preview

  • A total of 5 defeats in 9 matches sees Caen fourth bottom of the table, only outside of the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
  • The Normans have however won 3 of their 4 home fixtures, the only blemish being the horrible 0-6 thrashing at the hands of PSG.
  • Right winger Karamoh & left back Imorou are both ruled out because of injury, but everyone else is available.

St Etienne preview

  • Sainte have really blown hot and cold this season and are currently situated bang in the midtable vicinity, 10th spot.
  • Last weekend they played quite poorly against Dijon and were lucky to obtain a late equaliser, courtesy of a dubious penalty.
  • Sainte have yet to win away from home all season and netted just once since the opening day of the season on their travels.
  • Injuries have plagued Les Verts in recent weeks but now only midfielder Fabien Lemoine & winger Romain Hamouma are ruled out.

Conclusion & betting analysis

  • It looks like a fairly tight match will start off Sunday proceedings in Ligue 1. Neither side has been setting the world alight recently.
  • Caen actually did the double against Sainte last season so will hope for more of the same here. They are slight favourites on a DNB handicap which is probably about fair.
  • On paper, the visitors are the better team but they need to improve on recent displays which have been concerning.
  • I don’t really trust either side right now and something like a 1-1 draw is perhaps the most likely outcome. I’m not interested in betting on the match.

Prediction: 1-1

Recommended bet: None