Marseille-St Etienne Betting Preview: Expect a game of few goals at the Stade Veldrome

This fixture has traditionally been one-sided and low-scoring in recent years and Al Hain-Cole expects the lack of first-choice strikers to ensure that form continues
Marseille will be desperate to get back to winning ways when they welcome Saint Etienne to the Stade Velodrome on Tuesday evening.

After kicking off the season with three consecutive victories, Elie Baup’s men have now gone four games without picking up a competitive win, but are favourites at 6/5 (2.20) with BetVictor to leapfrog their visitors with all three points.

Les Verts have not beaten their hosts in their own back yard in 34 years but are available at 14/5 (3.80) to end that run and claim Ligue Un’s top spot in the process this evening.

Baup’s men have drawn their last two league fixtures and you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on them settling for a point once again in this match.

Although this clash brings together France’s two most decorated clubs, they can hardly claim top billing after the sudden emergence of affluent pairing of PSG and Monaco, while recent encounters do not suggest a classic is on the cards this evening.

Aside from this fixture’s one-sided nature over the past few decades, a return of just three goals from the last four meetings is unlikely to entice too many neutral spectators to tune in, particularly with a number of key attacking absentees.

Having established themselves at the fulcrum of their respective sides’ forward lines within the last season or so, injured pair Andre-Pierre Gignac and Brandao will be a big loss to both managers, and the potential absence of creative lynchpin Dmitri Payet diminishes even further the hosts’ hopes of improving on just four goals scored in their last five.

Like Marseille, Christophe Galtier’s men suffered a setback at the weekend after a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Toulouse, and with neither side brimming with confidence, odds of 5/6 (1.83) offer attractive value on no more than one side hitting the net.

That bet would have paid out in 10 of the last 14 encounters between these opponents and is therefore not to be missed considering their respective injury lists.

'No' on both teams to score for a 1.5pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with BetVictor

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