AS Saint-Etienne vs Marseille Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
The two most successful clubs in French football will meet on Friday night, 9 February 2018, when a reviving AS Saint-Etienne hosts to an unbeaten in 9 games Olympique de Marseille. “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard” in Saint-Etienne is set to stage one of the French football derbies and although hosts find themselves in second half of the Ligue 1 standings, their current shape promises some serious action and Marseille must be ready for the challenge.
Former PSG assistant and Montpellier’s head coach Jean-Louis Gasset has been appointed as the main man in charge of “Les Verts” only couple of days before Christmas. Despite an inconsistent beginning, two consecutive wins followed by two consecutive defeats and lost penalties to Troyes in the Coupe de France, situation now looks stabilized after the two wins over Caen and Amiens in the last two weeks. Thus Saint-Etienne climbed to the 12th position and “Les Verts” now have four points over the relegation zone, meaning they can even push for a top-half positioning if they remain consistent.
ASSE looks strengthened by the winter transfer activity and the arrival of experienced players like Neven Subotic, Mathieu Debuchy, Yann M’Vila, as well as of Paul-Georges Ntep (loaned from Wolfsburg), who doesn’t have their experience, but is keen to prove on the main stage. However, Ntep remains doubtful for the upcoming derby vs Marseille, so we believe Jean-Louis Gasset will name the same formation as in last week’s victory (0-2) in Amiens. One of the possible rotations is in central midfield where Vincent Pajot looks ready to play from the outset and he may replace Ole Selnæs, playing next to winter signing Yann M’Vila.
Mathieu Debuchy already marked his Saint-Etienne debut with a goal but the experienced right-back will have to contribute with his defensive potential against OM. In the meantime former Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic forms a centre-back duo with captain Loïc Perrin.
Olympique de Marseille
It seems that Marseille looks eager for another challenge as Rudi García’s men have scored an impressive amount of 15 goals in their last 2 games, including a midweek 9-0 win in the Coupe de France visit to a Ligue 2 opposition – Bourg-en-Bresse. Garcia used that game to field some rotation players and two of them have managed to score a hat-trick – Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos and Greek central forward Kostas Mitroglou. Furthermore, regular left-back in OM’s game plan Jordan Amavi returned into action and he may be ready to start in Saint-Etienne, while Hiroki Sakai is likely to take his favourite position on the right-back. That can be the only possible rotation compared with last Friday’s 6-3 win over Metz, where Marseille’s attacking quartet has shown a remarkable attacking display. Dimitri Payet, Morgan Sanson, Florian Thauvin and Valere Germain are all set for another massive fixture.
Ligue 1: AS Saint-Etienne vs Olympique Marseille Betting Tips and Prediction
“Les Verts” have lost the previous two visits to Marseille, conceding seven goals in these two occasions, and now will logically hope to put an end of that awful streak, benefiting from their home advantage. Nevertheless, ASSE’s last victory against Marseille remains in May 2013, when they’ve won 2-0 at home and that’s actually their single win over Les Olympiens for the last 10 years.
Marseille are the favourites once more, however, we believe that ASSE looks in-form and can end their winning streak. Our betting prediction is backing the home side – Asian Handicap +0.5 (Double Chance: 1X) on AS Saint-Etienne – they won’t lose the Friday derby, so whether they win or game ends in a draw, your bet can be profitable.
Possible Lineups of AS Saint-Etienne and Olympique Marseille
Venue: “Stade Geoffroy-Guichard”, Saint-Étienne.
Referee: Frank Schneider.
AS Saint-Etienne: Stéphane Ruffier – Gabriel Silva, Neven Subotic, Loïc Perrin, Mathieu Debuchy – Yann M’Vila, Ole Selnaes, Vincent Pajot – Jonathan Bamba, Robert Beric, Romain Hamouma. (4-3-3)
Missing players: Rémy Cabella is ineligible. Cheikh M’Bengue, Ronael Pierre Gabriel, Yann M’Vila, Paul-Georges Ntep and Kevin Monnet-Paquet are all doubtful.
Olympique Marseille: Steve Mandanda – Hiroki Sakai, Rolando, Adil Rami, Jordan Amavi – Luiz Gustavo, Andre Zambo Anguissa – Florian Thauvin, Morgan Sanson, Dimitri Payet – Valere Germain. (4-2-3-1)
Missing players: Grégory Sertic and Valere Germain are both questionable.