With Ligue 1 taking a break for a week it was time to concentrate on the cup matches. At the weekend in France the focus changed to the Coupe de France and in midweek the Coupe de la Ligue entered the quarter finals and that will be the final edition of that cup competition as it is being phased out to ease the amount of games on players.
But back to the Coupe de France where Saint Etienne has a famous history and they were playing a third tier side in FC Bastia-Borgo. Obviously Etienne were the massive odds on favourites to win and they duly obliged with a 3-0 victory that took place away from home.
The hero of the hour was Arnaud Nordin, the Saint Etienne midfielder rose to the challenge and scored 2 of his clubs three goals in a match where it could well have turned into a ‘banana skin’ for the club. The home side produced some good chances but Nordin’s goals ended up being the difference.
Saint Etienne have now moved into the round of 32 where they will play another away match this time to Paris FC and will again begin as the big favourites to get through to the last 16.
As for Nordin that match highlighted what has been an average season so far for the midfielder. He joined the club in 2015 but even last season was being loaned out to Nancy but his progress has improved well enough to make the first team again and at 21 he has plenty of time on his hands.
In the fantasy rankings he is the 4th best midfielder for Saint Etienne and he has 10 points so far 14 behind Romain Hamouma. He has been used more as a substitute this season where he has started 7 games but came off of the bench on 8 occasions. Whilst he hasn’t made any assists yet which is poor from his point of view he has scored a goal in the league and has been involved in the team when they have kept 4 clean sheets this season.
He has picked up 2 yellows and he can be included in your fantasy team for just 4m although you would have to bear in mind that he seems to start games from the bench more.
Nordin’s goals in the cup were crucial, they opened and closed the game and he could be one to include in your Ligue 1 fantasy team. After all those goals would have given him plenty of confidence. Saint Etienne play Nantes at home at the weekend, and returning to play in front of his home fans is another reason that could spur on the player.
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