Monaco are right in the middle of a battle to qualify for the Champions League ahead of their game against St Etienne and there is much at stake with rivals Lyon a point above going into the final two matches. The season overall has been hugely disappointed for Monaco, who never looked like being able to successfully defend the title they won in 2016/17. From early on in the campaign it was clear that the best they would be able to do would be getting into the top four.
Of that they are assured but they endured a terrible Champions League campaign in which they were knocked out in the group stage of the competition. Finishing third would mean having to qualify for the tournament but getting second means an automatic route to the group stage. There is huge pressure on this final couple of games for Leonardo Jardim’s team, with nothing less than two wins the minimum needed. One added problem is the loss of strikers Radamel Falcao and Stefan Jovetic to injury at this stage of the season. Veteran Falcao has once again been in excellent form this season, notching 18 times in just 25 games despite being beset by a number of injuries. Monaco have won only two of their last five games going into Saturday’s match so they are not in the best of form for what is a massive encounter.
St Etienne meanwhile have managed to turn around their season of late and now sit 6th with an outside chance of getting 5th should results go their way in the final couple of matches. They have lost only once in their last eight outings and despite not having a squad packed with talent they have made themselves hard to beat throughout the campaign.
Although they face a tough game this weekend they will host strugglers Lille in their final game in which they will be big favourites to win. Signing a top goalscorer will surely be a priority for St Etienne in the summer, with no player managing to notch more than seven individually so far. As a team they have scored just 42, the second lowest of all teams in the top-half of the table, so if they want to manage a better finish in 2018/19 some work will have to be done in the transfer market.
For our correct score prediction meanwhile, we think that the game will finish 2-1 the hosts.