Our football match prediction:
Thanks to a 4-1 win over Neftci Qabala put an end to their three-game winless run in all competitions. Roman Grigorchuk’s men are leading the chase for the domestic title, but they have been struggling in the Europa League this season. Qabala suffered a loss in each of their three group games (Anderlecht, Mainz, Saint-Etienne) and, no doubt, the lack of confidence should prove to be the team’s biggest problem in Thursday’s football match against Saint-Etienne. When the two teams met at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in October Ricardinho’s own goal helped les Verts pick up all three points from the game. Saint-Etienne aim to climb to top position in Group C and we predict that the visitors will go for a win in the Backell Arena clash. Qabala are fully focused on winning the national championship and, taking everything into account, away win should be considered in this one.
Highligted Player (Cheikh MBengue):
Born in Toulouse on 23 July, 1988, Cheikh M’Bengue started his youth career at FA Roques. In 1996 Toulouse scouts spotted him and he soon joined the French team. The 182-cm-tall left back made his Toulouse debut on 15 September, 2007 against Marseille, coming from the bench in the second half of the match. A week later he made his first start for les Pitchouns in a 2-0 loss to Saint Etienne. In 2013 he moved to Rennes and after spending three years at the club he joined Saint Etienne on 20 July, 2016 on a free transfer. His contract with les Verts expires on 30 June, 2019. Cheikh M’Bengue was born in Toulouse and as a result, he played for France U21 team in the past. However, seeing that his parents are of Senegalese descent, he decided to represent the Lions of Teranga at senior level. The Saint Etienne defender made his Senegal debut in June 2011.
Highlighted Team (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geofrroy-Guichard. The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century. Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.