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Prediction: Marseille vs Saint-Etienne – Football Predictions

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When the dust settles on the drama Marseille experienced in their trip to Nice last weekend, they are now welcome Saint-Etienne on Saturday to the Orange Velodrome.

After abandoning the last game, this is the hosts’ third game of the season, but they are three places ahead of their opponents in the table.

Prediction for this match

Marseille had a solid, if unspectacular start to the 2021/22 Ligue 1 season – with an away win in Montpellier followed by a draw against Bordeaux – until the fireworks of their game in Nice put them in the spotlight.

A quarter of an hour before the end and the home side lead 1-0, Marseilles Dimitri Payet was hit in the back by a bottle. He tossed the bottle back into the crowd and chaos ensued as stewards and players struggled to hold back fans as they stormed the pitch. The players eventually left the field and the game was abandoned when Marseille refused to return.

Manager Jorge Sampaoli had to be held back because there were scuffles in the dugout and in the physio Pablo Fernandez was suspended for his actions during hand-to-hand combat.

The investigation is ongoing and this will surely have affected the players – some of whom have posted photos on social media showing that they have been strangled – but they must now try to regroup and focus on the ones to come Focus games.

Saint-Etienne may have had problems against Marseille in the past but they won both games last season and pose a real threat – one that certainly deserves a team’s full attention.

Saint Etienne trainer Claude Puel pictured in February 2021

Claude Puel‘s time at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was not particularly convincing, leading a team that finished fourth and narrowly escaped relegation the following season.

He also spent much of last season floating in and around the relegation zone – until they moved up to mid-table after a stronger season end – and many fans seem lucky Puel to have kept his job.

To win them over, he’ll have to start winning games – something he won’t be able to do this season with a series of three straight draws.

That being said, the latest draw will be some relief. Les Verts spent much of the game scoring in front of reigning champions Lille before they were teenagers Saidou Sau In the 87th minute, the club scored their first late equalizer goal.

Perhaps that will make the squad believe that they will get a little better this weekend and finally find the feeling of winning again – for the first time in seven games – to move up to the top half, an area of ​​the table they seldom have during their tenure their manager’s busy.

Marseille Ligue 1 form:
  • W.
  • D.

Marseille form (all competitions):
  • D.
  • D.
  • W.
  • W.
  • W.
  • D.
Saint-Etienne Ligue 1 form:
  • D.
  • D.
  • D.

Saint-Etienne form (all competitions):
  • L.
  • L.
  • L.
  • D.
  • D.
  • D.

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Marseille and France goalkeeper Steve Mandanda pictured in Ligue 1 action on February 22, 2020

Despite the aforementioned clashes with Nice fans, Marseille doesn’t appear to have injured themselves in the dispute.

You will continue to be without a center-back Leonardo Balerdi, as he continues to be suspended for two games for his red card against Bordeaux Alvaro González probably still represented in the backline.

goalkeeper Pau Lopez is now back in training as he recovers from a shoulder injury and a bout of COVID-19, however Steve Mandanda seems to keep its place between the sticks for the time being.

Saint-Etienne has some problems of its own with Alpha Sissoko, Charles Abi and Aimen Moueffek all doubts while recovering from a variety of problems – a hamstring injury, COVID-19, or a broken arm.

Left behind Miguel Trauco did not play Lens for personal reasons but returned to the bench for the Lille game and could play this weekend as Puel is likely to stick to his preferred 4-3-3 formation.

Marseille possible starting line-up:
Mandanda; Saliba, Gonzalez, Peres; Under, Guendouzi, Kamara, Gueye, De la Fuente; Gerson, Payet

Saint-Etienne possible starting line-up:
Green; Macon, Sau, Moukoudi, Kolodziejczak; Neyou, Camara, Youssouf; Hamouma, Khazri, Bouanga

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Probability: Marseille 2-1 Saint-Etienne

Marseille should be fueled by the ongoing battle of words with Nice and as long as they stay focused and can turn this into a positive performance they should have enough to beat an as yet unconvincing Saint-Etienne side.

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