PREVIEW: SAINT ETIENNE - BORDEAUX
Currently mired in the middle of the Ligue 1 standings, Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne return home on Sunday to Stade Geoffroy Guichard for a tough test against Bordeaux.
Bocanegra will assuredly start in defense for the hosts who will try to shake off their current funk.
Saint Etienne have not registered a win in their last nine outings in all competitions.
One has to go back to late September for the last time the club from the Rhône-Alpes emerged victorious when they downed nearby neighbors Lyon.
Oddly enough, the last three matches have seen Saint Etienne play to 1 – 1 draws, a trend they hope to reserve on Sunday against the visitors from the wine country.
Like most teams in France this season, Bordeaux are in the thick of the title chase standings just three points behind league leaders and defending Ligue 1 champions Marseille.
However unlike last season, Bordeaux is not burdened with any commitments to European competition as last year's Champions League semifinalists finished a disappointing sixth in their domestic campaign.
The Saint Etienne defense will have to be mindful of Bordeaux's young 22 year old forward Anthony Modeste who two weeks ago notched a hat trick versus Arles and has six goals on the season.
Saint Etienne will be without Yoann Andreu and Boubacar Sanogo while Bordeaux will be missing Marc Planus, Carlos Henrique, Mathieu Chalme.