Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
After recording a 2-1 win over Dijon at Stade Gaston-Gerard, Saint-Etienne will be looking to keep their 100% record intact when they host Brest at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on day 2 of the new Ligue 1 campaign. Les Verts obviously want to continue where they left last season and we predict that they are going to stick to their attacking style of play against the newcomers.
One of the men to watch in the home team will be Tunisia international Wahbi Khazri, who provided an assist for Romain Hamouma in the 2-1 victory over the Mustards at Stade Gaston-Gerard. Over the years Saint-Etienne have turned their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard into a real fortress and seeing that Les Ty’ Zefs are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region.
Highlighted Player (Yann M Vila):
Formerly a blistering talent and one of the most promising youngsters in French football, Yann M’Vila ended up being a class book example of a player who made all the wrong choices. Having started his career at the age of six with ES Sains-Saint-Fussein, M’Villa was quick to turn heads of the big boys. He was given a chance to move through youth ranks at Rennes where he was given a professional debut in 2009 but it was not long after that his problematic lifestyle came back to haunt him.
Yann M’Villa got suspended from all national teams after an unauthorized night out while on U21 duty with France, a ban which left mark on his club career as well. Despite interest from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, M’Villa was sold to Rubin kazan in January 2013 which was the time his nomadic experience as a footballer began.
Spells as Inter Milan and Sunderland failed to help him get back to prominence and meet the early expectations, however. Currently a St Etienne player, M’Villa is hoping to re-establish himself back in his homeland.
Highlighted Team (Brest):
Founded in 1950, Brest (Stade Brestois) are a French football club that compete in the Ligue 1. La Team Pirate welcome their opponents at Stade Francis-Le Ble, the venue which was opened back in 1922. The capacity of the stadium is 15,931, but on August 8, 1986 21,619 watched the game between Brest and Olympique Marseille.
The club’s home colours are red and white, with the team wearing black kit when playing on the travels. Brest’s third kit is white. La Team Pirate, who made it to the French Cup on two occasions (1982/83 and 2014/15), have rivalries with fellow clubs from Bretagne: Rennes, Lorient, Nantes, Guingamp and Vannes.
The likes of Bernard Lama Stephane Guivarch, Paul le Guen, David Ginola and Frank Ribbery are the most notable footballers who played for the club. Bayern Munchen legend Frank Ribery scored 3 goals in 35 appearances for Brest in the national championship.