Ligue 1 match prediction and preview for Saint-Étienne vs Nice clash

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Competition: France Ligue 1
Competition: Sun 18.October
Match begins: 15:00 (UTC)
Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (42000 seats)

Saint-Étienne and Nice have both delivered a "par" performance so far, to use a golfing expression. Both hold mid-table positions in the Ligue 1.

There should be plenty of energy on the pitch in this game, as both sides have had time to recuperate from their last game. Let's hope both teams are ready to give it all.

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Saint-Étienne form and stats

Saint-Étienne have secured 6 points from their first three home games in the Ligue 1. A decent catch, still with room for improvement.

Stress levels are on the rise for Saint-Étienne's attacking players as they have now played 204 minutes without scoring in a league game. Y. Macon was their last goal scorer.

The fans are hoping that Saint-Étienne will strike back in this match, putting things right after the 0-2 away loss in the Ligue 1 game against Lens (placed 3rd). Ahead of that match, Saint-Étienne lost 0-3 at home to Rennes.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Saint-Étienne have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found eight matches with the results: Won two, drawn five and lost one.

Saint-Étienne are certainly not overdoing their scoring at home in league matches, having created 4 goals in 3 games. Saint-Étienne's goalkeeper has had to pick the ball out of their own net 3 times. For more goal stats, check the Statistics tab above.

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Nice form and stats

Nice are doing rather OK so far in their away games in the Ligue 1, having played 3 games and collected 4 points (1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss).

Dante and Khépren Thuram scored in Nice's previous match, the home game against Nantes that ended 2-1. Before that, Nice travelled to Bordeaux and returned home with a draw after the game finished 0-0.

As mentioned above, this is an open game with no clear favourite. We have found nine similar matches played by Nice in our archives, and the results are: four wins for Nice, three draws and two defeats.

There might be some complaints about the fixture list from the Nice manager P. Vieira as the team has another away game coming up in only four days, this time against Bayer Leverkusen.

Nice find the net regularly in their away games. 3 goals from 3 away fixtures in the league. As opposed to that, Nice have seen the ball go into their own net 3 times on the road.

Head 2 Head

H2H stats regardless of arena (last ten matches): Saint-Étienne six wins, one draw and Nice three victories. As for goals, five matches ended with three or more goals (over 2,5), five games had two or less.

Top Goalscorers

Saint-ÉtienneR. Hamouma
R. Hamouma
3 goals
Saint-ÉtienneD. Bouanga
D. Bouanga
2 goals
NiceD. da Costa Santos
D. da Costa Santos
2 goals

Saint-Étienne missing players

Nice missing players

Saint-Étienne Nice
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs mid Away Total
6 3 0 Played P 1 3 6
3 2 0 Won W 0 1 3
1 0 0 Drew D 1 1 1
2 1 0 Lost L 0 1 2
8 4 0 Scored S 0 3 7
7 3 0 Conceded C 0 3 8
100% 100% 0% Over 0.5 O 0.5 0% 67% 83%
100% 100% 0% Over 1.5 O 1.5 0% 67% 83%
33% 33% 0% Over 2.5 O 2.5 0% 33% 67%
17% 0% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 33% 17%
0% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 0% 0%
17% 0% 0% BTTS BTTS 0% 33% 50%
50% 67% 0% Clean Sheets C S 100% 67% 33%
33% 33% 0% Failed to Score F T 100% 33% 33%
 
0 0 0 Corners for (avg) C F 0 0 0
0 0 0 Corners against (avg) C A 0 0 0
1.5 1.3 0 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 1 3 2.3
2 0 0 Red cards R C 0 0 0
 
47 28 0 Total Shots T S 13 26 58
19 11 0 Shots on Target S O 2 5 16
42% 36% 0% Goal Efficiency G E 0% 60% 44%
Key stats in Ligue 1 this season:
  • All of Saint-Étienne's matches have had more than 1,5 goals.
  • Saint-Étienne haven’t played a single 0-0 game.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 Rennes 6 4 2 0 14 7 3 2 1 0 6 4 3 2 1 0 8 3 7 14
2 Lille 6 4 2 0 9 2 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 2 1 0 5 1 7 14
3 Lens 6 4 1 1 10 6 3 3 0 0 5 1 3 1 1 1 5 5 4 13
4 PSG 6 4 0 2 12 3 3 2 0 1 7 2 3 2 0 1 5 1 9 12
5 Montpellier 6 3 1 2 12 8 4 3 0 1 9 4 2 0 1 1 3 4 4 10
6 Monaco 6 3 1 2 9 8 3 2 1 0 7 5 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 10
7 Saint-Étienne 6 3 1 2 8 7 3 2 0 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 4 4 1 10
8 Nice 6 3 1 2 7 8 3 2 0 1 4 5 3 1 1 1 3 3 -1 10
9 Bordeaux 6 2 3 1 6 2 4 1 3 0 3 0 2 1 0 1 3 2 4 9
10 Olympique Marseille 6 2 3 1 7 7 3 0 2 1 2 4 3 2 1 0 5 3 0 9
11 Brest 6 3 0 3 10 12 3 2 0 1 6 5 3 1 0 2 4 7 -2 9
12 Angers SCO 6 3 0 3 7 14 3 2 0 1 4 4 3 1 0 2 3 10 -7 9
13 Nimes 6 2 2 2 9 7 3 1 1 1 7 5 3 1 1 1 2 2 2 8
14 Olympique Lyonnais 6 1 4 1 7 5 3 1 2 0 5 2 3 0 2 1 2 3 2 7
15 Metz 6 2 1 3 6 6 3 2 0 1 5 3 3 0 1 2 1 3 0 7
16 Nantes 6 1 2 3 6 9 2 1 1 0 4 3 4 0 1 3 2 6 -3 5
17 Lorient 6 1 1 4 9 13 3 1 1 1 6 5 3 0 0 3 3 8 -4 4
18 Strasbourg 6 1 0 5 4 13 3 1 0 2 1 5 3 0 0 3 3 8 -9 3
19 Reims 6 0 2 4 5 10 2 0 0 2 0 3 4 0 2 2 5 7 -5 2
20 Dijon 6 0 1 5 3 13 3 0 1 2 2 5 3 0 0 3 1 8 -10 1

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Ligue 1 is the top league in the French football league system. Seasons run from August to May with 20 teams playing a total of 380 fixtures. The team topping the league table after the final game is the champion of France, receiving the trophy L’Hexagoal. Ligue 1 is one of the top five European leagues.