Sainté out to scalp Strasbourg

Coupe de la Ligue

AS Saint-Etienne will be looking to bounce back from their league defeat to Montpellier as they travel to Strasbourg in one of three all-Ligue 1 Conforama ties as the Coupe de la Ligue's round of 32 continues on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Coupe de la Ligue, Round of 32

 RC Strasbourg Alsace - AS Saint-Etienne

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Saint-Etienne may have lost just three times for far this season, but two of those defeats have come in their last three Ligue 1 Conforama matches and Oscar Garcia's men will be looking to get back on track as they travel to league promotees Strasbourg.

To do so, Garcia will have four-goal top-scorer Jonathan Bamba back from a club-imposed suspension - stemming from aborted contract extension talks - and fit-again stopper Florentin Pogba to count on in the absence of injured captain Loïc Perrin while reserve 'keeper Jessy Moulin should line up between the sticks.

Strasbourg, meanwhile, are unbeaten in three Ligue 1 Conforama matches and are coming off a shock 2-1 win in Nice in Week 10. Thierry Laurey's squad has, however, been hit by a raft of injuries - including captain and man-mountain defender Kader Mangane.

Probable teams

RC Strasbourg Alsace: Oukidja; Foulquier, B. Koné (c), Salmier, Lala; Gonçalves, Ih. Sacko, Liénard; Bahoken, Blayac

AS Saint-Etienne: J. Moulin; Janko, Lacroix, F. Pogba, Gabriel Silva; Pajot, Selnaes, Hernani; Hamouma (c), J. Bamba, Monnet-Paquet


 ESTAC Troyes - Amiens SC          

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Troyes have been enjoying a solid start in their return to Ligue 1 Conforama this season but go into their clash with Amiens needing to get back on track after a 5-0 hammering at home to Lyon on Sunday. Fellow promotees Amiens, on the other hand, will be full of confidence after 1-0 win at home to Bordeaux and looking to ride their wave into the Coupe de la Ligue's round of 16.

Probable teams

ESTAC Troyes: Zelazny; Deplagne, Giraudon, Gabriel, Obiang; Bellugou, Confais; Tinhan, Ben Saada, B. Pelé, Suk

Amiens SC: Gurtner; I. Cissokho, Adenon, Gouano, Ielsch; Monconduit (c), Zungu; Bourgaud, Nathan, Gope-Fenepej; Mo. Konaté


 Dijon FCO - Stade Rennais FC      

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Dijon have endured an extremely difficult start to the season (18th, with nine points) with just two wins from ten matches, but one of those wins came 2-1 in Saturday's trip to Metz and Olivier Dall'oglio's men have every reason for optimism as they face fellow strugglers Stade Rennais (15th, also on nine points) in the Coupe de la Ligue.

However, Rennes got their first win in five at home to LOSC at the weekend and will be just a motivated as their hosts in looking to put a run together.

Probable teams

Dijon FCO: B. Leroy; Chafik, Lang, Yambéré, Bouka Moutou; Kwon, Balmont (c), Abeid, Sammaritano; Saïd, Jeannot

Stade Rennais FC: Ab. Diallo; Danzé, Bensebaini, Gnagnon, Baal; Maouassa, B. André (c), Léa-Siliki, Hunou; Mubele, Khazri       


In other action, FC Metz will be looking to former reserve-team coach José Pinot to steady the ship at home to Ligue 2's Red Star FC following Philippe Hinschberger's dismissal in the wake of the 2-1 home loss to Dijon.

Toulouse FC take on second-tier Clermont foot at home, in-form FC Nantes travel to Tours FC, struggling LOSC play host to Ligue 2 side Valenciennes, while Angers SCO receive recently demoted AS Nancy Lorraine.


>> FIXTURES/RESULTS: Coupe de la Ligue round of 32

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