The home team is looking to extend the unbeaten run to seven matches, but it’s not going to be easy when they welcome the reigning champions on Wednesday. This is our St Etienne vs PSG Preview.
St Etienne Recent Form & Team News
Saint-Etienne are fast becoming Ligue 1’s draw-kings with five stalemates across their last six matches (W1), and would be likely happy for another here considering the five-game competitive losing streak they currently possess against opponents Paris Saint-Germain. Yet, while hard to beat recently, and having netted 2+ goals in three straight games, St Etienne will be concerned by their L1 record when conceding first so far (D1, L6).
The hosts are also winless at home since a 2-0 victory back in mid-September (D3, L3), and are subsequently on the verge of a seventh consecutive winless home game for the first time since 2005/06. Scoring first, as they’ve done in four of their five unbeaten L1 home games this season (W2, D2), may help them avoid that fate.
Player to watch: Denis Bouanga scored last time out – St Etienne remain unbeaten when he’s found the net this L1 campaign (W2, D1).
Hot stat: Five of St Etienne’s last six L1 games featured 5+ yellow cards.
Claude Puel cannot count on Mahdi Camara and Yvan Neyou, who are both suspended. Wahbi Khazri (muscle), Silva Gabriel (knee), and Yvann Macon are also out.
PSG Recent Form & Team News
PSG stumbled this season, despite scoring an average of 2.29 goals per Ligue 1 match, and has already recorded more defeats this term after 17 fixtures (four) than the entirety of last season’s shortened 27-game campaign (three) – a reality that saw Thomas Tuchel relieved of his job as head coach. Despite that, PSG have still won ten of their 11 L1 victories this season despite a -1 handicap, and led at HT in seven.
The visitors – under new coach Mauricio Pochettino – travel here with an uncharacteristic one win from their last three L1 away games though (W1, D1, L1), but to their credit, they haven’t conceded the opener in ten straight competitive road trips.
Player to watch: Moise Kean has scored after the 60th minute in the Parisians’ last three L1 wins.
Mauricio Pochettino will be without Juan Bernat (knee), Danilo (thigh), Alessandro Florenzi (ankle), and Mauro Icardi (groin). Presnel Kimpembe (thigh), Layvin Kurzawa (muscle), Neymar (ankle), Leandro Paredes (hip), and Rafinha (illness) are also unavailable.