PREVIEW: SM CAEN AS ST. ETIENNE
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, March 3, 2011
Carlos Bocanegra and St. Etienne look to turn around a three-game skid with a Saturday evening trip to Normandy to face a Caen squad still facing a relegation threat.
The 31-year-old American defender will look to bolster the backline and build upon his 2-goal contribution to the offence thus far this season.
Stephanois coach Christophe Galtier's men are trying to reverse the tide following a disapoointing loss at home last weekend at the hands of a struggling Nice squad. Knowing that the two shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw last time, St. Etienne will have to give their all to come away with points.
Boubacar Sanogo returned to the St. Etienne practice field this week with a healed scar, and may make an appearance on Saturday. Defender Louis Nery still has a long way to go before recovering from a knock picked up a knock three weekends ago. Back-up midfielder Christophe Landrin will have to miss out with a strained calf muscle.
Caen have have a pair of four-goal draws in their latest outings, most recently last weekend at AS Monaco with goals from Yohan Mollo and Youssef El Arabi, his twelfth so far this season.
Regulars Nicolas Seube and Romain Hamouma will still be unavailable for Saturday, as will backups Anthony Deroin and Branko Lazarevic.