Saint-Etienne v Marseille - Wednesday 18:00, BT Sport 3
Saint-Etienne returned to winning ways against Angers last week following a three game winless streak, scoring twice during the second half to complete the victory. With three goals, it was an unusually high-scoring game by Saint-Etienne’s standards – 10 of their last 12 have featured fewer than three – and at home they’ve kept six clean sheets in 12 matches, only conceding six goals in total.
Marseille suffered a second consecutive away defeat as they were thumped 4-0 by second placed Monaco, following a 3-1 defeat at Montpellier in their previous road trip. They’ve only managed a single victory in their last 14 away games, losing five of seven this term, though they will be given encouragement heading into this fixture by their head to head record against Saint-Etienne. Marseille have only lost once in the last 17 top-flight meetings between these two sides, and with Saint-Etienne at home five of the last seven encounters have been drawn.
Saint-Etienne have failed to win the first half in any of their 14 matches so far this season, drawing at the break in nine of their last 12 and in 14 of their last 17 at home. Both sides here have shown remarkable consistency in going into the break all-square, with Marseille managing the feat in eight of their last 11, and given this regularity we think the first half draw looks reasonably attractive, though we wouldn’t want to put people off the draw/draw in the half-time/full-time market either.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus