Saint Etienne vs Marseille Preview: Saint Etienne And Marseille Settle For A Draw

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Updated: February 11, 2014
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As strong online betting favorites, Saint Etienne and Marseille battle for a spot in the European competition, one can only expect hardcore pitch action as both clubs ambition a stronger finish.  Unwilling to surrender, there is a possibility for the match to end in a stalemate. 

 

Match Date: 16 February 2014 (local time)
Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard

Team Form

Saint Etienne

A scoreless stalemate was the only thing that Saint Etienne enjoyed during their match against Toulouse.

 

Despite snatching a point from the even steven finish, it seemed that the result is no different from losing. The club eyes a stint in the Champions League and a 3-point addition to their current score could have overthrown Lille and secured their appearance in the European competition.

 

Unfortunately, for Les Verts, they have to be more patient before they can overcome their rival and one of the stepping stones to do this is to get the upper-hand against another equally aggressive club, Marseille.

 

Saint Etienne sports a satisfactory form. During their last six (6) matches, they have lost once, drew twice and won thrice. They have also kept a clean sheet in five (5) of their recent home matches. There is a high possibility for them to use such advantage over their opponents.

 

Marseille

The combination of Dimitri Payet and André-Pierre Gignac did the trick for last season’s runner-up, Marseille.

 

Half-way through the match and it was already over for Bastia. Marseille has already nailed its third goal and with limited time, catching up does not sound too plausible. With the crowds cheering the host, Marseille took the upper-hand and ended the match with three (3) goals to nil.

 

The win plays a crucial importance to the club’s desire in making yet another appearance in the European competition. So far, their performance is below par of what they have accomplished last season where they bagged the second spot. Currently, the highest achievement that they can come up with is a possible stint in the Europa league. But still, there is no assurance that they will earn that spot as they are several points behind the table leaders.

 

Pitted against Saint Etienne, the club also sports a strong form. Like their opponents, they have also won thrice, lost once and forced an even steven finish in their recently concluded matches. But the question is whether this is enough to help them reclaim their lost stature.

 

Prediction:   A stalemate

Saint Etienne and Marseille are both strong squads eyeing for a similar ambition and that is to make it through the European competition. Under this context, one can only expect a down the wire match between the two, plus the possibility of ending an even steven finish.
 

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