Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne shoot for their third straight win they they take on first place Lille while Charlie Davies hopes to make his season debut on the road at AS Monaco.
Lille - Saint Etienne
With two consecutive wins in their back pocket, Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne travel to Lille in a showdown with Ligue 1 leaders Lille.
Bocanegra will start in defense for the visitors who have fought their way back toward the top of the league standings.
Wednesday's contest at Stade Lille Metropole features one of France's most dynamic playmakers in Lille forwrad Moussa Sow who boasts an impressive 13 goals through 17 games.
The Senegalese striker has also notched two hat tricks in the last six weeks of play versus Lorient and Caen respectively.
Containing Sow will be the main priority for Bocanegra and his backline mates who must also pay close attention to Ivorian Gervinho and his seven goals.
Sitting just three points behind Lille, a win for Saint Etienne would propel them back into the top five of Ligue 1.
Mathieu Debuchy will not feature for Lille due to suspension while Saint Etienne will be without injured players Yoann Andreu and Boubacar Snogo.
AS Monaco - Sochaux
Charlie Davies gets another shot at making his season debut before the midwinter break when Sochaux travel to Monaco on Wednesday.
Davies was an unused substitute on Sunday in Sochaux's 1-1 draw with Bordeaux. It was the first time since October 2009 that Davies had been available to play for his club's first team.
While US national team fans were disappointed to see the former Hammarby man left on the bench, Wednesday's contest at Stade Louis II may present the more opportune time for Sochaux coach Francis Gillot to bring Davies onto the field.
Monaco are struggling mightily this year sitting in 17th place and with just two wins on the season.
It was in the Principality where Carlos Bocanegra and Saint Etienne snapped their long winless streak with a victory so Sochaux will be looking for a similar result.
Midfielder Marvin Martin has a nagging shoulder and thigh problem and is doubtful for the visitors. Goalkeeper Teddy Richert, defender Yassin Mikari and striker Edouard Butin are also unavailable for Gillot.
Monaco will have a slew of absences including Sebastien Puygrenier who is suspended plus Cedric Mongongu, Djimi Traore, Dieumerci Mbokani, Eduardo Costa, Mathieu Coutadeur, Vincent Muratori, Nicolas Nkoulou and Chu-Young Park whom are all injured.
Quentin Westberg is expected to be the reserve goalkeeper for Evian who host reims on Tuesday.