Our football match prediction:
Guingamp and Saint-Etienne face each other at Stade du Roudourou on day 19 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Guingamp played out a goalless draw with Caen at the weekend, with the team managing to keep their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the French top flight. Antoine Kombouare’s men are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Wednesday’s football match against Saint-Etienne and yet another low-scoring affair is on the cards. Les Verts experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss to Monaco at the weekend and it has to be noted that they are on a ten-game winless run in all competitions ahead of Matchday 19. The visitors will be without suspended first-choice goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier and, taking everything into account, we predict that they are going to return home empty-handed. You should bear in mind that Antoine Kombouare’s team outclassed Dijon 4-0 in their last home game in the French elite division.
Highlighted Player (Karl-Johan Johnsson):
Born in Ranneslov (Sweden) on January 28, 1990 Karl-Johan Johansson started his youth career at his home-town club Ranneslovs GIF. In 2005 he joined Halmstadts and four years later he made his first-team debut for HBK. The 187-cm-tall goalkeeper made 67 appearances in the league for Halmstads and in 2013 he signed for NEC as a free agent. Karl-Johan Johnsson played 30 games for the Dutch club during the 2013/2014 Eredivisie campaign and in the summer of 2014 he moved to Randers. The Swedish shoot-stopper spent two seasons at Randers and in 2016 he moved to French club Guingamp. It has to be noted that he managed to keep nine clean sheets in 37 appearances for Guingamp in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign. His contract with the club expires on June 30, 2020. Speaking of his international career, Karl-Johan Johnsson has 17 caps for Sweden U21 and he made his senior debut in 2012 against Qatar.
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.