Football: four things to know about Saint-Étienne, Rodez’s next opponents

Ruthénois travel to Saint-Etienne (19th), on Saturday November 12th at 15:00, on behalf of the 15th day of Ligue 2.

Absentee in Sainté

Like privateer Raf Abdennour, Buadès and Younousse, ASSE will not be complete this Saturday for the 15th and final day of the championship before the World Cup truce in Qatar. Two of his players are already out: Antoine Gauthier and Thomas Monconduit. The latter, very important in midfield, is a real loss for the greens.

Although still uncertain, the two most likely returns for Saint-Etienne on Saturday concern Anthony Briançon, the captain, who has been shot in the thigh, and Aïmen Moueffek, who is ill. “Anthony took a test this morning. We don’t really know where it is, we’ll see with the doctor and the medical staff. Aïmen will recover from his gastro. See how he comes back. Playing on Mondays and Saturdays is not easy. They are players who need practice”Laurent Battles said about them on Thursday at a press conference.

Two diametrically opposed clubs… And yet!

Rodez. Saint Etienne. These two clubs have no connection. One is a little thumb from Ligue 2, who was still in the CFA in 2016, and the other is a historic cador in the French championship. Yes, but here it is. Since this season, Sainté has been playing in the second league, like Rafa, and is even right behind him in the rankings (19th vs. 18th). So Rodez inevitably has reason to hope. Especially since he eliminated him on his home turf two weeks ago in the Coupe de France on penalties.

Since July 30 and the start of this new exercise, ASSE is far from being an impregnable fortress, even at home. Indeed, he won just two of his six matches at Geoffroy-Guichard. And it remains on defeat and a draw in its den, against Paris FC and Grenoble.

Jean-Philippe Krasso at the start

He is undoubtedly Saint-Etienne’s best player this season. With 8 goals and 4 assists already in 14 Ligue 2 days, of which only 12 have been played, the forward is a unanimous choice at Saint-Etienne.

However, the one whose contract with the Greens expires next June will not stay in Loire for long. In fact, according to information from all local media, starting with France Bleu, Krasso would reject the offer of an extension, with a salary of 20,000 euros. If ASSE wants to get a small ticket for this player, they will have to sell him this winter. But according to the local press, we would strive for a free start at the end of the season.

A player who trained in Saint-Etienne at the World Cup

On Wednesday night, Didier Deschamps announced on TF1 the list of 25 Blues who will be flying to Qatar next week to take part in the World Cup. And among them is a former member of Green House! Having passed Nice, Marseille and Arsenal, William Saliba, invited to his first World Cup, did indeed train at Saint-Etienne, just like a certain Rafa player, Nassim Ouammou.

First World Cup in 21…????? ???? ! \ud83d\udc9a

From the youngest players in the club who take you as an example to the training educators who are proud of your development… The Green family wishes you the best of luck in@French team \ud83c\uddeb\ud83c\uddf7\ud83c\udfc6 pic.twitter.com/Dfycfu2Y2L

– AS Saint-Etienne (@ASSEofficiel) November 10, 2022

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