That lofty standing is largely thanks to a home record that has seen Jean-Louis Gasset's side take 23 points from an available 27 at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Only league leaders Paris Saint-Germain boast a better tally and they've been perfect on home soil this term. With the hosts' impressive showing in front of their own fans, the 5/4 (2.25) on another Saint-Etienne win might appeal.
It's worth noting though, that the home side are yet to play a team ranked higher than seventh place Rennes at this venue, so a better route may be to look elsewhere in search of value.
Marseille are 41/20 (3.05) to inflict a first home defeat on Saint-Etienne while the draw is priced at 12/5 (3.40) with 888Sport. The best bet though, looks to be in backing goals, and plenty of them.
Gasset's men have averaged over two goals a game this season at home and while the visitors sit mid-table so far, Marseille rank one place higher than the hosts in terms of total goals scored with 31.
Where the visitors struggle is at the back. They've kept just one clean sheet on the road, conceding 20 times in nine games overall.
Both teams to score can be backed at 13/20 (1.65) and while it looks a solid option, there's reason to believe punters could profit from backing an even more open game than would be required to land that selection.
The 17/20 (1.85) about over 2.5 goals looks the way to go with 888Sport. It's paid out in seven of Marseille's nine away games in Ligue 1 so far and they should provide a much stiffer test to a home side that have yet to entertain any of France's top teams at this ground.
At 10/3 (4.33) Saint-Etienne to win and both teams to score is an alternative for those seeking bigger potential returns.