Saint-Etienne vs Nice Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Saint-Etienne vs Nice Match Prediction

By Marius Hrebenciuc

Nice will be looking to continue their good run of form when they travel to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard to take on Saint-Etienne on Saturday evening in the opening round of the new Ligue 1 season. Saint-Etienne were thrashed 0-3 at home by Southampton in a friendly fixture at the weekend. Meanwhile, Nice managed a 2-2 away draw at Ajax on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Europa League qualifiers, thanks to goals from Arnaud Souquet and Vincent Marcel. Below we have our betting tips, predictions, team news and match stats all in our SBAT preview.

Betting Predictions and Tips

Saint-Etienne are favourites to win here, although they looked awful in the pre-season and they have only won once in their last ten home fixtures across all competitions. On the other hand, Nice looked incredibly strong on the road over the past three months, scoring at least two goals in five of their last six away games across all competitions. I’m expecting a tough game, but I’m backing Nice to continue their good run of form and to pick up at least a point from this trip.

Nice Draw No Bet at 11/8

Both teams to score - Yes at 1/1

Saint-Etienne saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Nice saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Saint-Etienne Form Guide

Saint-Etienne Team Logo

Saint-Etienne

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
D A

10-03-2018

Ligue 1

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

18-03-2018

Ligue 1

Guingamp Team Logo Guingamp

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

01-04-2018

Ligue 1

Nantes Team Logo Nantes

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

06-04-2018

Ligue 1

Paris Saint Germain Team Logo Paris Saint Germain

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

14-04-2018

Ligue 1

Strasbourg Team Logo Strasbourg

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-04-2018

Ligue 1

Troyes Team Logo Troyes

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

27-04-2018

Ligue 1

Montpellier Team Logo Montpellier

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

06-05-2018

Ligue 1

Bordeaux Team Logo Bordeaux

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

12-05-2018

Ligue 1

Monaco Team Logo Monaco

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

19-05-2018

Ligue 1

Lille Team Logo Lille

FT 5 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

Nice Form Guide

Nice Team Logo

Nice

Won

4

Draw

3

Lost

3
W A

11-03-2018

Ligue 1

Guingamp Team Logo Guingamp

FT 2 - 5

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

18-03-2018

Ligue 1

Paris Saint Germain Team Logo Paris Saint Germain

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

01-04-2018

Ligue 1

Troyes Team Logo Troyes

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

08-04-2018

Ligue 1

Rennes Team Logo Rennes

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

13-04-2018

Ligue 1

Angers Team Logo Angers

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

22-04-2018

Ligue 1

Montpellier Team Logo Montpellier

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

28-04-2018

Ligue 1

Strasbourg Team Logo Strasbourg

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

06-05-2018

Ligue 1

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

12-05-2018

Ligue 1

Caen Team Logo Caen

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

19-05-2018

Ligue 1

Lyon Team Logo Lyon

FT 3 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Saint-Etienne Preview

Saint-Etienne finished in a comfortable 8th spot in the Ligue 1 table last term with 50 points under their belts after 38 rounds, just nine points of the Europa League spots. Actually, they missed the Europa League towards the end of the season as they suffered consecutive defeats in the last three rounds of the campaign. Les Verts have been struggling for form throughout the pre-season, as they have only two of their six friendlies. St. Etienne come into this tie on the back of two consecutive defeats, scoring none in the process. Furthermore, their home form over the past five months has been terrible as Les Verts have only won once in their last ten home fixtures across all competitions. In addition, Saint-Etienne have suffered back-to-back defeats in their last two home meetings with Nice in Ligue 1, scoring just once in the process. Saint-Etienne have been pretty active throughout the summer transfer window as they brought Dijon’s last season top scorer Lois Diony for €10m along with Assane Diousse from FC Empoli for €5m. However, St. Etienne have lost their best right-back Kevin Malcuit this summer, as he joined Lille for €9 million. Romain Hamouma has been St. Etienne’s top scorer last season with seven goals and five assists under his belt and he will be looking to continue this good run of form.

Saint-Etienne Team News

Florentin Pogba is the only injury absentee for St. Etienne ahead of this clash.

Nice Preview

Meanwhile, Nice have already played two competitive games this season as they faced Ajax in the Europa League third qualifying round in a two-legged tie. Nice only managed a 1-1 home draw in the first leg a week ago, but they looked in control last night and qualified for the play-offs due to the away goal rule as the game ended 2-2 (3-3 on aggregate). This means that in the worst case, Nice will be playing in the Europa League group stage if they fail to win their Champions League play-off tie. Regarding their pre-season campaign, Nice have enjoyed a decent run of form, winning four of their five friendlies. Nice managed to keep their best players at the club this summer, and they also brought Pierre Lees Melou and Jean-Victor Makengo from Dijon and Caen respectively for a total fee of €9 million. Away from home, Nice have endured a mixed run of form over the past seven months, winning six, losing three and drawing six of their last 15 games across all competitions. Nice should feel confident ahead of this tie as they have won the last four meetings with Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1, conceding just once in the process.

Nice Team News

Wylan Cyprien is out through injury, while Mario Balotelli and Mickael Le Bihan are both doubts.

Saint-Etienne Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.7

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Nice Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Saint-Etienne vs Nice Sidelined Players

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