Marseille will face St. Etienne at Stade Vélodrome, in Marseille, of French Ligue 1 27th Round. Marseille against St. Etienne is always the match with big interest after their previous matches in French Ligue 1. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Marseille this season is not showing their full potential. Now they stand only at 5th position and have won in the next match could take them higher to 4th place. There are still some chances to get a ticket for qualification in Champions League, as Lyon is struggling in last matches ant taking 3rd position. Marseille at home looks confident enough with only 2 losses and 7 wins in 12 matches. They scored 22 goals, while conceded 9, in home matches, it is one of the best results in Ligue 1. Olympique took 10 points in last 5 matches in the highest French league. The home team is undefeated in 25 of 28 their last home matches, moreover, they played 7 not resultative matches out of 8 at home.
All main squad players are fit and ready to face St. Etienne in a very important match, except summer signing K. Strootman. He got an injury and very likely that will miss the next match. At winter transfer window legendary M. Balotelli joined the club to strengthen the attack and already score 3 goals shooting on average 4 times per game.
Olympique de Marseille are really great this season at attacking set pieces, coming back from losing positions and attacking down the wings. However, they are facing troubles at avoiding individual errors and defending counter attacks. Very likely that at Stade Vélodrome they will play confident football, play width and possessional football.
St. Etienne is playing great football this season. They are willing to take a ticket for European competitions, if not the Champions League, then at least Europa League. At home Etienne plays the second best football in League 1, however, they are not so confident while playing in road games. Now they stand at 4th position and are able to reach Lyon if they win against Marseille. The Greens lost 2 of 5 last matches and once played a draw.
All except Kevin Monnet-Paquet are fit and ready to play a very important match. They will play on the road, which is not always good for them, so they have to prepare well and find a way to beat their rivals. Their leader is Wahbi Khazri with 12 scored goals this season and 5 men of the match titles.
This season team looks great at attacking down the wings, creating scoring chances and attacking set pieces. However, they are facing troubles at aerial duels, protecting the lead and defending counter attacks. Very likely that in away match they will try to play defensive football in their own half.
Lats match between these team was at the beginning of the year 2019. They played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, and home team made a comeback and won the match with 2:1 and Khazri double. Marseille made more shots and was more aggressive, however, St. Etienne was more accurate and confident.