PREVIEW: ST. ETIENNE - SOCHAUX
TRAFTON KENNEY - Friday, August 13, 2010
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint-Etienne will hope to rebound from last week's loss to Paris Saint-Germain when they host Charlie Davies' Sochaux at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Saturday evening.
Any fans awaiting a clash of the Americans in Ligue 1, though, will likely have to wait until the two teams meet again on May 21st of next year as Charlie Davies struggles to work his way back to full fitness.
Bocanegra on the other hand played all 90 minutes last weekend in what was collectively a disappointing defensive performance by Les Verts. He is expected to start again at left fullback on Saturday.
While problems at the back remain the most pressing concern for Saint-Etienne Coach Christophe Galtier, he can be encouraged by some livelier play by his forwards in the attacking third.
Even though Saint-Etienne failed to find more than a goal against PSG, they registered 14 shots, five of which were on target, a marked improvement by a team that scored just one goal all preseason.
Sochaux, meanwhile, started their season right with a precious three points from a 2-1 win against debutants Arles-Avignon. Edouard Butin and Jacques Faty both scored but Sochaux Coach Francis Gillot will need to see more from forwards like recently signed Modibo Maiga if the team hopes to stay in the top half of the standings.
Saint-Etienne sit in 18th place while Sochaux are in fifth.