Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Lorient and St. Etienne take on each other in the opening match of day 31 at Stade du Moustoir. Les Merlus aim to make amends for a heavy 5-1 loss to PSG, and they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Friday’s relegation six-pointer. Nigeria international Bonke Innocent is back from suspension, while both Samuel Loric and Stephane Diarra miss out with injuries.
Les Verts, on the other hand, head into the match following a 4-2 loss to Olympique Marseille. St Etienne are eager to escape the relegation zone, and seeing that they will go for a win as well, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Important forward Wahbi Khazri remains in the recovery room, alongside Saidou Sow, Yvann Macon, Raomain Hamouma, Yvan Neyou, and Falaye Sacko, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Monconduit):
Thomas Monconduit is a product of Auxerre football academy. The midfielder made a great progress during his spell with the Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps outfit and continued playing for the club at senior level. Monconduit scored three goals in 63 appearances for Auxerre II and he played 42 games for the first team from 2012 to 2014.
In 2015 he joined Amiens and you should bear in mind that the 178-cm-tall midfielder made 36 appearances for les Licornes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. Amiens finished the season in second place in the standings and, as a result, they secured promotion to the French top flight. Thomas Monconduit scored three goals during the season and, no doubt, he played a very important role in Christophe Pelissier’s team in the 2016/2017 season.
His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Thomas Monconduit has a contract with Amiens which expires on June 30, 2018 and his preferred foot is right. Louis DENOLLE is the player’s agent.
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 Geoffroy-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.