CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, April 22, 2011
Carlos Bocanegra and St. Etienne face a tough trip to Bordeaux as their season winds down while Quentin Westberg will watch from the bench during Evian on their trip to Havre.
Girondins de Bordeaux – AS St. Etienne
The Greens of St. Etienne make a trip west on Easter Sunday to face a mid-standings foe in Bordeaux, and make a final push for Europe qualification.
Carlos Bocanegra is expected to resume his position in the back line for coach Christoph Galtier, facing the squad he scored against in December.
The Stephanois are riding the momentum of their resounding win last week at home against AS Nancy Lorraine. Having already beaten Bordeaux in the French Cup and drawn in their last meeting, Galtier's men won't accept anything less than three points in Chaban-Delmas stadium.
Girondins de Bordeaux are trying to break the stalemate blues, having drawn in their last four outings, most recently a 1-1 shocker against league leaders LOSC Lille in the north. Currently in tenth with 41 points, the Bordelais have little to play for except pride and a mid-table finish.
Eight points behind fourth-place Paris St. Germain, the Stephanois can really tighten the Europe race with a win. Fortunately for Galtier, only Loîc Perrin remains doubtful for the Greens.
Bordeaux skipper Jean Tigana faces no major injury worries.
Quentin Westberg is not expected to feature for Evian TG FC when they travel to Havre AC on Friday night.