Here is our Monaco v Saint Etienne preview for this weekends match.

This is our analysis of the French league game between Monaco and Saint Etienne. Having invested very heavily in the summer, Monaco were always likely to be one of the frontrunners in the French League, and sure enough the club located in one of the most glamorous venues in Europe have set the early pace in the French league, being top on goal difference from similarly nouveau riche Paris Saint-Germain. Saint Etienne have begun more than adequately, but this will be a severe test of their mettle.

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Last Five Meetings

Ligue 1 ‎‎ 1 May 2011 AS Saint-Etienne 1 – AS Monaco 1
Ligue 1 ‎‎ 12 Dec 2010 AS Monaco 0 – AS Saint-Etienne 2
Ligue 1 ‎‎ 7 Feb 2010 AS Saint-Etienne 3 – AS Monaco 0
Ligue 1 ‎‎ 26 Sep 2009 AS Monaco 1 – AS Saint-Etienne 2
Ligue 1 ‎‎ 28 Feb 2009 AS Monaco 2 – AS Saint-Etienne 2

Goals Scored

Monaco have scored 14 goals in the French league so far this season, whereas Saint Etienne have netted eleven times.

Goals Conceded

Monaco have conceded just four goals in the French league, whereas Saint Etienne have leaked nine goals thus far.

Team and Selection News

Monaco have no particular injury worries going into this game, and with no European football to worry about in mid-week, have the rare luxury among top clubs of being able to field their strongest eleven every week. Claudio Ranieri will field the French league’s top scorer, the £50 million striker Radamel Falcao up front. Saint Etienne have made an encouraging start to their first season back in the top flight, but currently have one of the longest injury lists in France. New signing Benjamin Corgnet is still out and waiting to make his debut for the club.

Conclusion

Despite the better than expected start that Saint Etienne have made to the season, it is hard to back against the home side here. Falcao is an incredible handful for any defence, and has continued his prolific scoring from Atletico Madrid in his new island setting. Monaco also have great experience at the back, with the ex-Barca French international Eric Abidal and former Chelsea and Real Madrid stopper Ricardo Carvalho so far forming a formidable centre-back partnership. I think the home side (Monaco) will win this one comfortably, keep a clean sheet, continue their excellent start to the season, and remain top of the French league.