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Marseille face off with visiting side St Etienne at Stade Vélodrome in the Ligue 1 meeting on Thursday.
All Marseille v St Etienne match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below - plus the latest betting odds.
Marseille, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following a 0-1 Ligue 1 triumph versus Paris Saint-Germain.
In that game, Marseille had 34% possession and 5 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Marseille was Florian Thauvin (31'). At the other end, Paris Saint-Germain had 14 shots at goal with 3 on target.
Les Olympiens have been conceding pretty frequently lately, although they’ve also done enough to hit the back of the net themselves. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that Les Olympiens have conceded in 5 of them as well as scoring in 6 of those matches.
Analysis of their past results shows that Marseille:
- are unbeaten in the league by AS Saint-Etienne in their last 3 matches.
- are without a home win in the past 2 league matches.
St Etienne come into this match after a 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Strasbourg in their previous outing.
In that match, St Etienne managed 48% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. For St Etienne, the scorers were Denis Bouanga (57') and Mahdi Camara (82'). On the other side, Strasbourg had 14 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target.
Over the course of 5 of the previous six games featuring St Etienne, a notably low volume of goals have been hit between them and opposing teams. The overall average number of goals per game during that spell comes to a paltry 2, with the number of goals averaged by Les Verts equalling 1.17. We will have to find out if that trend can be sustained here.
Going into this encounter, St Etienne have not won away from home in their last 7 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 10/12/2017 shows that Marseille have won 4 of these games & St Etienne 1, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
A combined total of 15 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 11 from Les Olympiens and 4 coming from Les Verts. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.5.
The previous league game featuring the two was Ligue 1 match day 23 on 05/02/2020 and the score finished St Etienne 0-2 Marseille.
On that occasion, St Etienne had 49% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 on target.
At the other end, Marseille had 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Dimitri Payet (7') and Nemanja Radonjić (85') scored.
The match was refereed by Jérôme Brisard.
Team News: Marseille
Morgan Sanson (Contracture) and Bouna Sarr (Fitness) will not be able to play for Marseille boss André Villas-Boas. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Jordan Amavi and Darío Benedetto.
In our view, Les Olympiens should kick off with a 4-3-3 formation, handing starts to Steve Mandanda, Leonardo Balerdi, Duje Caleta-Car, Alvaro Gonzalez Soberon, Hiroki Sakai, Pape Gueye, Boubacar Kamara, Valentin Rongier, Dimitri Payet, Maxime Lopez and Florian Thauvin.
Team News: St Etienne
Thanks to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, St Etienne boss Claude Puel doesn’t have any fitness worries to report before this game.
It’s our belief that Les Verts will likely play in a 4-2-3-1 lineup, choosing Jessy Moulin, Mathieu Debuchy, Wesley Fofana, Timothée Kolodziejczak, Yvann Maçon, Mahdi Camara, Yvan Neyou Noupa, Denis Bouanga, Arnaud Nordin, Adil Aouchiche and Romain Hamouma.
St Etienne must be fancied to breach the defence of this Marseille side, but that probably shouldn’t be enough to avoid defeat.
We are anticipating a 2-1 win for Marseille by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome (67,394)
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Chairman: Jacques-Henri Eyraud
Manager: André Villas-Boas
Competitions: Ligue 1 position 10
⭐ Star Player: Florian Thauvin
Mostly playing in the Right Wing position, Florian Thauvin was born in Orléans, France. After having played his first senior match for Grenoble in the 2010 - 2011 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed 2 league goals in this Ligue 1 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 2 appearances.