Preview - Marseille vs Saint-Etienne 02 September 19

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Match Day 4
Marseille vs. Saint-Etienne
Monday, September 2nd 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Stade Vélodrome

Last five matches form: W W L D W
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.58
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.37
Top Scorer (18/19): Florian Thauvin (16)

Last five matches form: W D W D L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.55
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.08
Top Scorer (18/19): Wahbi Khazri (13)

We should be in for a decent encounter at the Stade Vélodrome in the last of the Match Day 4 fixtures in Ligue 1, as last seasons fifth placed side Marseille play host to fourth placed finishers Saint-Etienne.

It was honours even between these two last season, with both sides winning their home game. Marseille coming out on top 2-0 in this one, and Saint-Etienne winning the reverse 2-1.

Marseille continue to make do without star man Florian Thauvin following his ankle injury sustained in pre-season.

It was a disastrous start to the season for Andre Villas-Boas as Marseille slumped to defeat at home against Reims. They have at least improved since though - firstly picking up and draw at Nantes, before a little surprisingly winning away at Nice in midweek.

It's been the opposite story for Saint-Etienne. Beginning with a solid win away at Dijon, they could then only draw at home to Brest, before slumping to a 3-0 defeat away at Lyon on Match Day 3. Lyon is admittedly a tough place to go, but then so to is Marseille when the hosts are in the mood.

Marseille's results have improved, but we still aren't totally convinced by them in terms of their level of performance. Despite that loss to Lyon last week it is Saint-Etienne who look the better of the two sides to us. That said, home advantage may be a significant factor here and we see this one ending in a draw.

Prediction: Marseille 2 - 2 Saint-Etienne


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  9 - 12
Shots on target: 2 - 3
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 50% - 50%

Morgan Sanson, Jordan Amavi, Maxime Lopez, Saif-Eddine Khaoui and Kevin Strootman were all booked for the hosts at the Vélodrome, with Harold Moukoudi and Loic Perrin of Saint-Étienne also having their names taken by referee Benoit Millot.

Football can be a game of very small margins at times, and so it was in this one. Purely on the stats, and the general play of the game, it would have been no surprise should either side have picked up the points on the day, with a draw possibly being the fairest result. Having come out marginally ahead on most of the key measures, Saint-Étienne can certainly count themselves a little unfortunate to have come away with nothing at all.

There may have been only one goal in the game, but it was at least a good one, and in terms of passing moves, probably the best moment from either side over the course of the ninety minutes. Dario Benedetto starting the move off with a lovely flick out to Bouna Sarr on the right flank. Sarr playing in Morgan Sanson in the right of the area, and when Sanson cut the ball back across goal, it was Benedetto who was the man steaming in to finish low under the keeper from around ten yards out in a central area. 1-0 after 33 minutes, and that's the way it stayed until half-time.

Saint-Étienne will have been disappointed in failing to register a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes, but they did at least liven up after the break. Of their three efforts on target though, none really looked to have Marseille in serious trouble as the hosts hung on for the win.

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