CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, April 8, 2011
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etiernne hit the road to take on always-dangerous Auxerre in the final stretch of the French Ligue 1 season.
AJ Auxerre – AS St. Etienne
St. Etienne visit their neighbors in Burgundy on Saturday to salvage any last hope of reaching European competition next season.
Carlos Bocanegra can expect to get another start and full ninety in what has been a solid season in the backline.
With nine games left to go, time is running out on the Greens if they hope to diminish the ten-point gap between them and the coveted Europe-bound fourth spot.
St. Etienne skipper Christoph Galtier has remained optimistic in spite of having seen his men draw in the previous two outings, most recently at home with lowly Valenciennes FC.
The two clubs meeting Saturday night also split the cake in November when Stephanois captain Loîc Perrin equalized after a Jean-Pascal Mignot strike in the first half.
This time around the injured Stephanois captain will not be in the lineup, but defenders Sylvain Marchal and Yoann Andreu have regained fitness and could make an appearance.
AJ Auxerre are coming off a scoreless draw at Rennes last weekend, and currently stand on the cusp of relegation in 17th, a point ahead of AS Monaco.
Coach Jean Fernandez will have to manage without the attack of Julien Quercia, who discovered two of his ribs were broken.
Quentin Westberg will join first-place Evian TG FC on the bench as they travel to CS Sedan on Friday night.