St Etienne improved lately and are now sitting on 2 consecutive victories. They have made 3 important transfers this winter, transfers that have increased the overall strength. Fullback Debuchy, midfielder M’Vila and winger Ntep arrived recently, and it seems they already have a guaranteed place in the lineup. All of them are highly skilled and experienced players.
Unfortunately there is no improvement when it comes to the collective play, and now St Etienne rely exclusively on individual talent.
Marseille scored 15 goals in the last 2 games and are in excellent form at the moment. Last round they destroyed Metz 6-3 after a one sided encounter. They conceded twice in the final 10 minutes only because they didn’t feel like playing anymore.
They put up a really impressive performance in the midweek Coupe de France game away at Bourg. Marseille won 9-0 after successfully converting all their chances.
Hosts will be without fullbacks Gabriel and M’Bengue, midfielders Cabella and winger Monnet-Pacquet.
Both sides are in good form, but St Etienne’s play doesn’t have a normal flow. Nowadays Marseille can easily create chances and convert them with confidence. Marseille -0.5 at 1.87
St Etienne: Maisonnial, Ruffier, Moulin – Théophile-Catherine, Silva, Janko, Perrin, Debuchy, Subotic – Pajot, M’Vila, Diousse, Maiga, Selnaes, Hernani, Bamba, Hamouma – Ntep, Monnet-Paquet, Beric, Dias Gonçalves
Marseille: Pelé, Mandanda – Sakai, Rolando, Abdennour, Bo.Sarr, Amavi, Rami – Kamara, Sanson, Luiz Gustavo, M.Lopez, Anguissa – Ocampos, Payet, Mitroglou, Njie, Thauvin, Germain