Preview: Monaco vs. Saint-Etienne

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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Paris Saint-GermainPSG21182167155256
2Lyon21136249212845
3Marseille21135343222144
4MonacoMonaco21134448212743
5NantesNantes2110471920-134
6Nice219482731-431
7GuingampGuingamp218582326-329
8Montpellier HSCMontpellier2161051814428
9Rennes218492630-428
10Caen2183101422-827
11Dijon2174102942-1325
12StrasbourgStrasbourg216692435-1124
13Bordeaux2165102331-823
14Saint-EtienneSt Etienne2165102036-1623
15Angers2141072531-622
16AmiensAmiens2164111723-622
17Lille2164111932-1322
18Troyes2163122131-1021
19Toulouse2155111930-1120
20Metz2143141735-1815
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