Preview: Monaco vs. Saint-Etienne

Monaco's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri looks on before the kick of a French L1 football match between Bordeaux and Monaco on August 10, 2013
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Sports Mole previews the Ligue 1 encounter between Monaco and Saint-Etienne.

Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri will be expecting a response from his side against Saint-Etienne after they dropped two points at Reims last weekend.

The draw saw Paris Saint-Germain move level with their league rivals, and Ranieri will be keen to ensure that they aren't overtaken by Laurent Blanc's outfit.

The Italian boss could recall James Rodriguez, after the Colombia international started on the bench last weekend.

Saint-Etienne have started the domestic campaign in solid fashion, picking up 13 points from their opening eight games.

However, they have failed to win in their last three fixtures, and boss Christophe Galtier will be relying on top scorer Romain Hamouma to star at the Stade Louis II Stadium.

Recent form

Monaco: WWDWD

Saint-Etienne: WWLLD

Possible starting lineups

Monaco: Subasic; Carvalho, Abidal, Kurzawa, Fabinho; Obbadi, Joao Moutinho, Ferreira Carrasco, Ocampos; Falcao, Rodriguez

Saint-Etienne: Ruffier; Clerc, Sall, Ghoulam, Zouma; Cohade, Tabanou, Lemoine, Hamouma; Diomande, Erdinc

Sports Mole says: 3-1

Monaco's Emmanuel Riviere is congratulated by team mates Radamel Falcao and Jeremy Toulalan after scoring his team's second goal against Montpellier on August 18, 2013
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