CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, April 29, 2011
Carlos Bocanegra will start for St. Etienne on Sunday in their push for the Europa League while Quentin Westberg will likely be on the bench for Evian.
AS St. Etienne – AS Monaco
St. Etienne make one final push for a Eruopa League spot on Sunday evening as they regroup at home to host struggling AS Monaco.
Carlos Bocanegra can expect to make his 29th appearance in the green and white in the backline for head coach Christophe Galtier.
With six games left and nine points separating them from fourth place, the chances of a Europe League spot for next season are looking slimmer and slimmer for the Stephanois. Yet, the race is still open with three teams on 44 points, including St. Etienne.
Fortunately for Galtier, he should have a full squad at his disposition, unless Alejandro Alonso is not deemed fully fit for action on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the Monegasques are only two points out of relegation and face a must-win situation to stay in Ligue 1 next season. Last weekend showed positive signs after an upset of Stade Rennes FC with a goal from Honduran international Georgie Welcome, his first of the season.
The mostly fit squad will look for firepower from South Korean striker Chu Young Park, who leads the club with 12 tallies this season.
Clinging onto first place with a one-point lead, Quentin Westberg and Evian TG FC host Le Mans on Monday.