Saint-Étienne and Olympique Marseille meet at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, in a match for the 25 th round of Ligue 1. Olympique Marseille won at home by (3-0) the last time they met in this edition of the league, to 10 -12-2017. The history of direct confrontations in this stadium indicates a balance between these two teams, since there were 3 draws and 1 victory for each team in the last 5 matches. In fact, the last time they met at this stadium was on 30-11-2016, in a game for Ligue 1, which ended in a draw by (0-0). It is necessary to analyze the home / outside condition with special attention, since the Saint-Étienne presents different results at home and abroad.
After 8 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses, the home team is in the 12th position, having won 29 points. In the last match, they won against Amiens SC by (0-2), after in the previous match they won (2-1) at home, in a match against Caen.
This is a team that is affected by the home factor, stronger when playing with the support of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 19 goals scored and 26 conceded. For the championship, Saint-Étienne won 13 points out of 30 possible points, after 3 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses in the last 10 home matches. The team has allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it has not been very strong defensively.
St Etienne :
The Saint-Étienne starts for this day with a victory in the field of Amiens, adding the second consecutive victory in the French championship. We remember that the landlords went through enormous difficulties at the beginning of the season and still occupy the bottom of the leaderboard.
Normally the trainer Jean-Louis Gasset opts for a style of supported game, using, most of the times the left runner to create danger to the adversary: Monnet-Paquet is a very fast player and equipped technically. However, the landlords have presented some difficulties in the stopped balls and finishing. Jonathan Bamba is the team’s top scorer with 6 goals scored. For this game the coach can not count on Ntep and Pierre-Gabriel, both due to injury.
The away team is currently in second place, with 51 points won, after 15 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate game, they tied at home against Monaco with (2-2). In the last game, they won in a home match against Metz, by (6-3). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses in away matches, with a total of 32 goals scored and 14 goals scored. suffered; against 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with a total of 33 goals scored and 12 conceded.
The team comes to this match after a win away with Bourg en Bresse by (0-9). For the league, Olympique Marseille won 21 points out of 30 possible points, after 6 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss in the last 10 home matches. Their offense has scored regularly, since they managed to score 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 24 games in this test, he only got 2 laps in the 8 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Olympique Marseille for this game with a victory over Bourg, 0-9, adding the second consecutive win in several competitions. It is important to underline that Marseille has 7 wins in the last 10 matches played.
In this game away from home the team guided by Rudi Garcia must keep the team in 4-2-3-1 privileging the organization possession of the ball and positional attacks, however, some moments, must play in the counterattack: Ocampos and N “Jie are very fast and eximious in the defense-attack transition.
The far right Florian Thauvin is the best marker of the visiting team in the championship with 13 shots scored. For this game the coach can not count on Bouna Sarr, punished, in addition to Sertic, this by injury.
The bet that we like most for this game is the victory of Marseille. Without great surprise, the visiting team must dominate and stop the best opportunities to make goals, since they have players superior to their adversary. On the other hand, Saint-Étienne is a team of respect when playing at home, however, faces faces with an opponent who passes an excellent phase. Put this and taking into account these factors, risk in favor of the victory of Marseille is a good option.
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