Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
Saint-Etienne footballers gave fans something to cheer about on January 14 when they defeated Toulouse at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, but the team then suffered yet another dip in form. Les Verts continue to struggle in the 2017/2018 Ligue 1 campaign and, as a result, they are only one point clear of the relegation zone in the standings ahead of Matchday 23. Saturday’s football match against Caen is of big importance for the hosts and we predict that the relegation-threatened team will fight tooth and nail against Patrice Garande’s charges. Caen, on the other hand, are safe for now, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season as they are only five points clear of bottom three in the Ligue 1 table. Saint-Etienne produce much better displays at home than on the travels and seeing that they are desperate to escape the danger zone, home win should be considered.
Highlighted 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 (Caen):
Caen are a French football club that compete in Ligue 1. Caen were founded in 1913 under the name of The Stade Malherbe Caennais and back then Stade de Venoix was the club’s home ground. Nowadays SMC play their home games at Stade Michel d’Ornano and the capacity of the venue is 20.453.
Caen finished the 1991/1992 Ligue 1 campaign in fifth position in the standings, 14 points behind champions Marseille and that is considered the club’s best result in the French top flight. In 2005 Caen made it to the Coupe de la Ligue final, but Strasbourg proved to be a big catch for Patrick Remy’s troops.
The Stade Michel d’Ornano outfit play their home games in red shirts with blue stripes (vertical), while gray and black are their away colours. Nicolas Seube is the club’s most capped player and it has to be noted that he made no less than 477 appearances for SMC during his spell with the club.