Competition: Ligue 1 Date: Sunday 14th February 2016 Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Kick-Off: 16:00 GMT
Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier has a long list of injury concerns. Kévin Monnet-Paquet and Kévin Théophile-Catherine both missed the Coupe de France tie against Troyes midweek while Robert Beric, Loic Perrin and Romain Hamouma are also injured. Alexander Soderlund may feature upfront as he is not eligible for Saint-Etienne’s forthcoming Europa League campaign.
Monaco’s Nabil Dirar has been suspended for at least three matches after his deplorable behaviour towards referee Tony Chapron which saw him sent off against Nice last week. Fabio Coentrao will also miss out through injury while Jeremy Toulalan is a doubt.
Monaco travel to Saint-Etienne under intense pressure. Indeed, a shock cup defeat against Ligue 2 outfit Sochaux midweek means that manager Leonardo Jardim is now under renewed pressure.
Nevertheless, the principality side will be confident of securing a result; they still occupy a Champions League spot and have won their last two league games. Monaco will not necessarily attack for the full ninety minutes, but the likes of Fabinho and Joao Moutinho will ensure that the visitors can break quickly.
What the two sides do have in common is a host of injury problems with an impending Europa League campaign. Saint-Etienne manager Christophe Galtier is fielding a strong side under the circumstances but the fact that Loic Perrin is injured could cause problems. Perrin is a key part of the hosts’ defence and as such, Les Verts will miss his sense of leadership and organisation.
However, the hosts return to their home after two consecutive away league wins – the latter of which was an impressive 4-1 victory at Bordeaux. They also progressed through to the next round of the French Cup midweek. Confidence will be at a high among Galtier’s men but an added element of fatigue means that an overly attacking display is unlikely.
Saint-Etienne: Ruffier; Brison, Pogba, Bayal Sall, Théophile-Catherine; Pajot, Seinaes, Cohade; Corgnet, Soderland, Tannane.
Monaco: Subasic; Raggi, Wallace, Carvalho, Touré; Fabinho, Pasalic; Lemar, Moutinho, Silva; Vagner Love.
Saint-Etienne 1-1 Monaco