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Match Day 27
Marseille vs. Saint-Étienne
Monday, March 4th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Véldrome

Last five matches form: L W W W D
Average goals per match: 1.58
Average goals against per match: 1.35
Top Scorer: Florian Thauvin (12)

Last five matches form: D L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.38
Average goals against per match: 1.19
Top Scorer: Wahbi Khazri (12)

We have a big one at the Stade Vélodrome on Match Day 27 in Ligue 1 as sixth placed Marseille play host to fourth placed Saint-Étienne. With just two points between the sides headed into the game a win for Marseille will lift them into fourth place and the Europa League qualifying position.

Saint-Étienne came out on top in the reverse of this fixture with a 2-1 success at home. Marseille dominated here last season though, running out 3-0 winners on the day with a double from Valère Germain leading the way.

No confirmed injuries for Marseille at present although Jordan Amavi does miss out through suspension. Saint-Étienne will be without Kévin Monnet-Paquet, Gabriel Silva and Valentín Silva.

Marseille have lost just two of twelve at home this season, and those defeats did come against the top two sides in the division. They have won to nil on seven occasions. The goals have dried up a little of late though. Having scored two or more in each of their first five at home, they are averaging only one goal per game across their last five here.

Saint-Étienne have won only three of thirteen away from home, but have lost only one of their last five.

Saint-Étienne have only scored more than one goal in two of their thirteen way games and on the overall balance of form this season seem likely to be just outgunned here.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 1 Saint-Étienne


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  12 - 7
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 3 - 5
Possession: 46% - 54%

Two bookings for each side in this one. Referee Clement Turpin taking the names of Hiroki Sakai and Bouna Sarr of the home side and Mathieu Debuchy and Wahbi Khazri of Saint-Étienne.

A deserved success for Marseille who continue their formidable record at the Vélodrome. Well ahead in the shot count, they gained a comfortable lead relatively early and never really looked like relinquishing it.

Mario Balotelli had an excellent chance as early as the sixth minute when found in acres of space around twelve yards from goal. His effort was tame though and easily repelled by keeper Stephane Ruffier.

Balotelli took just six minutes to make amends. Florian Thauvin swinging a corner from the right into the six-yard box and the Italian finishing acrobatically into the bottom right from a couple of yards before celebrating with a mobile phone procured from a cameraman.

The second goal arrived in the 21st minute. Lucas Ocampos unleashing a shot from the right of the area which was blocked by the arm of Mathieu Debuchy. Penalty kick. Florian Thauvin strolling up to convert into the bottom right.

Thauvin really ought to have made it three when clean through on the right but dragged his effort wide. 2-0 at the break.

Pretty even in the second half with nothing clear cut for either side as Marseille held on for the win.

Marseille do seem to be building a little momentum now and ought to be spurred on by this win over a difficult opponent. They move up into fourth spot but are still five points adrift of third placed Lyon in the race for the Champion's League. Saint-Étienne previously occupied that fourth spot but now drop down to fifth, one point behind Marseille.

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