On Sunday, “Saint-Etienne” slipped once again when the “Metz” knocked them down 3-1. Sainte entered this game on a series of three victories in a row, and it seemed that their comic course of misfortune came to an end, however, they immediately returned to it against the newly upgraded side. Marseille is sitting in 2nd place in the league for results on the road this season since they made a good catch of the blemishing people’s days.
St. Etienne focused to bounce back from last lose
Only two of the bottom three sides in Ligue 1 have picked up fewer than AS Saint-Étienne’s three points across the last five rounds, and ‘Les Verts’ have notably conceded more goals (1.59 per-match) than at this stage compared to eight of the previous nine seasons. Marking Saint-Étienne’s decline, they have lost at both HT/FT in five of their last six Ligue 1 matches, and eight of their ten overall league defeats this term came following a lost first half. Moreover, the hosts failed to win in two of the five games in which they led at the interval.
Marseille team could not find the net in two previous league appearances
Marseille travels on a 14-game unbeaten run in all competitions if counting only the regulation 90+ minutes. Over half (five) of the eight league victories in that sequence saw both teams score, though Marseille has impressively conceded just once across the last 496 minutes of away league football. This one could likely keep fans guessing, as a minority (four) of Marseille’s 11 league games that went into full-time level also ended that way. Additionally, their last two Ligue 1 away H2Hs have seen the distribution of points at half-time differ from full-time, with Marseille winning the first half by a one-goal margin both times.
Will not play
From St. Etienne: Monnet—Paquet – Knee injury; Questionable: Boudebouz – Calf injury.
From Marseille: Thauvin – Ankle injury.
Players to watch
Saint-Etienne’s Denis Bouanga (seven Ligue 1 goals) announced his return from injury with a first-half opener vs. Monaco, and he scored a brace in the last home victory of 2019.
Marseille’s Dimitri Payet has failed to score in just two of his last six appearances in all competitions. Two of those four goals came beyond the 80th minute.
Stat attack: Seven of Saint-Etienne’s last eight Ligue 1 matches saw under 2.5 total goals.
Saint-Etienne coach Claude Puel has lost just one of his last seven personal H2Hs with Marseille.
Marseille has received a league-high 52 yellow cards (2.36 per-match on average).