Preview - Saint-Etienne vs Marseille 10 Feb

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Match Day 25
Saint-Etienne vs Marseille
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
03:45 am (GMT +8)
Stadium: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Saint Etienne:
Last five matches: W W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.5
Top Scorer: Jonathan Bamba (6)
   
Marseille:
Last five matches: W W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.2
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (13)

Saint-Etienne managed a 2-0 victory last weekend; those three points were much needed as it boosted Les Verts to 12th place. However, they are still only four points from the relegation zone. Saint-Etienne will be fighting to remain in the French top flight for the remainder of the season. They are off to a decent start in 2018, with wins against direct rivals Caen and Amiens.

Marseille are second in the table and even though they aren't in contention for the title, they want to remain second and qualify for next season's Champions League. Rudi Garcia's men are coming off a 6-3 win versus Metz, the last placed club. That convincing win proves that l'OM take even the bottom clubs seriously, which does not bode well for Saint-Etienne.

Jonathan Bamba is a rising starlet for Saint-Etienne. The 21 year old Ivorian has scored six goals in 20 appearances this year, but has cooled off recently. If Saint-Etienne have any hopes of getting points out of this match, they need Bamba to be firing on all cylinders.

Marseille have won seven of their past eight games and will most likely make it eight out of nine after this one. Florent Thauvin is in fantastic form, look for him to get his name on the score sheet again this weekend.

Prediction: Saint-Etienne 1-3 Marseille

aaguerra90

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Feb 10, 2018, 04:10 AM Last Edit: Feb 10, 2018, 05:44 AM by aaguerra90
Half Time: 1-2
Full Time: 2-2
Shots: 7-7
Shots on target: 4-3
Corner Kicks: 2-7
Possession: 52-48

Marseille got off to a flying start. In the 4th minute, their top goal scorer, Florian Thauvin, was on the receiving end of a Hiroki Sakai cross which the Frenchman volleyed home for a great goal.

A minute later, Thauvin would try to get a second, but his shot was saved. Dimitri Payet would receive the rebound and put a cross in, but it was gathered by goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

Saint-Etienne was down a goal but they searched for the equalizer and were rewarded in the 9th minute. Youngster Jonathan Bamba passed the ball to Kevin Monnet-Paquet, who punched the ball into the back of then net to tie the score at 1.

In the 20th minute Bouna Sarr crossed to Morgan Sanson, who struck a volley into the goal for Marseille to take the lead once again.

Valere Germain tested Ruffier in the 27th minute, but the goalkeeper made a great save.

Marseille and Saint-Etienne drew 2-2 in an entertaining match. The result leaves Marseille in second, and helps Saint-Etienne distance themselves a little bit from the relegation zone.

A lot of back and forth play in this game, with multiple chances created by both sides. It was a very evenly matched and entertaining first half.

Saint-Etienne would enjoy the first opportunity of the second half. Monnet-Paquet squared a ball in the box which found Romain Hamouma, but the Frenchman failed to hit the target.

Saint-Etienne would be rewarded for their persistence in searching for the equalizer. In the 75th minute Jonathan Bamba once again was free in the box to put in a cross, which Robert Beric tucked away to tie the score at 2-2.

That would be it for the match. Great performance by both sides, especially Saint-Ettiene, who refused to give up after falling behind twice.

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