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Battle of the Saints in France.
Monday, 10th Jul 2017 16:35 by Arron Sanders

Saints will take on Saint-Étienne in a pre-season fixture as part of the team’s training camp in France.

The friendly between the Ligue 1 club and saints will take place on Saturday 29th July, at the Stade Municipal de Chambéry, with a kick-off time of 5pm BST.

As with the St Gallen Friendly during the trip to Austria, the game will come at the end of the team’s trip to France, where they will be based in Évian.

This Stadium is not Saint Ettiene's home ground so Saints supporters hoping to visit a top European Stadium will be disappointed, but appears to be the ground of the Rugby club based in Chambery at the foot of the Alps some 100 miles away from Saint-Etienne.

The stadium appears to be quite small with a capacity of only around 3,000.

A more senior based Saints squad will depart for the training camp on Monday 24th July, two days after the pre-season friendly away at Griffin park home of championship side Brentford.

It will be the second trip of the summer for Mauricio Pellegrino's side and will be at a point where Pre-season is in full flow ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Saint-Etienne of course were previously linked with an approach for former Saints boss Claude Puel before eventually opting to appoint Ex Brighton man Oscar Garcia.

This is certainly the most high profile pre-season fixture to be announced so far, although being only the second one and is certainly one to look forward to.

Especially for one fan in particular @SAINTSINFRANCE Robbie who is a huge supporter of the team while living in France we hope you enjoy the game Robbie.

Are you looking to this battle of the Saints in the pre-season fixture just announced.

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arthurfane added 16:47 - Jul 10
A good test - St Etienne are a quality team so will be good to see where Saints are at that stage.

If anyone's planning on heading out there for the game, I spent a year living in Chambery so know the city and area very well. Disappointed I can't make it out for this game but would thoroughly recommend visiting Chambery - a really lovely city in a picturesque part of France. Let me know if you need any advice :)

redandwhitedee added 12:59 - Jul 11
You can also fly direct ex Southampton to Chambery with flybe - albeit maybe only in ski season. The repeat of the Evian base brings back memories of the emergence of Luke Shaw in 2012. I recall watching his cameo at left wing in the 1-0 victory there. Wonder if another youngster will make a similar statement.

arthurfane added 08:54 - Jul 17
Only in Winter I'm afraid ;)

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