St Etienne take on the visitors Reims in the round 37 match of French Ligue 1. The match will be played on Saturday, May 14th at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Étienne).
There is not a drop of confidence in a victory of the hosts. Throughout the season, Saint Etienne has been fighting for survival, and if it weren’t for Metz and Bordeaux, who are also good for nothing, Duprat’s team would have taken the last line. In the last round, another defeat from Nice, with four goals conceded from a team that has recently scored on big holidays. There is more concern here about direct relegation, and not about maintaining a residence permit in the First League. And in order to beat Reims, it would be desirable to score at least one goal. With the attack, as well as with the defense, the “greens” have huge problems and have only one victory in nine rounds. Perhaps Saint Etienne will be helped a little by problems with the composition of Reims, but it is hard to believe that the hosts will beat the “red-whites”.
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Garcia, even with a full infirmary, manages to remain calm and Reims continue to gain points. The visitors lost against Lens by 1 goal, resisted Marseille for a long time and beat the champion with a score of 2-1 in one of the last rounds. The “red-whites” are no longer in danger, the problems of outsiders are not problems of Reims. Yes, compared to the previous championship, progress is not visible in the results, but since February, the squad of the Spanish specialist has become a team that plays very well on opponents’ fields and lost only six away matches through the season.
Initially, Saint Etienne’s win was offered for odds above three. I’m not sure that the absence of many players will have a negative impact on Reims. Compared to the match with the same Marseille, this would be critical, there are no outsiders in the confrontation. You can play it safe and try to play plus one against the guests, but it seems that this is too much. One of the weak defenses of the Ligue 1 is unlikely to leave without an allowed goal. The red-whites are a combat-ready team capable of taking points from the greens.