Two of France’s most decorated clubs Marseille and Saint-Étienne will kick off the 2020/21 Ligue 1 season at the Stade Vélodrome on Friday evening (18:00 kick off).
Between them is no fewer than 20 league titles but domestic success for either has been few and far between in recent years with Paris Saint-Germain putting a stranglehold on France’s top division.
Marseille enjoyed their best campaign last season under former Chelsea and Tottenham coach André Villas-Boas, finishing behind the aforementioned Parisians, their best result in seven years.
As for Saint-Étienne it was a season to forget as they ended the prematurely completed competition just three points above the relegation zone. Claude Puel and company will be hoping for a better year, but he couldn’t have asked for a more difficult start in southern France.
Where to watch Marseille v Saint-Etienne on TV:
- UK: BT Sport ESPN
- US: beIN SPORTS
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Marseille & Saint-Etienne’s previous line-ups:
- Marseille (vs Amiens): Mandanda; Sarr, Kamara, González, Amavi; Strootman, Rongier; Germain, Sanson, Payet; Benedetto.
- Saint-Etienne (vs Paris Saint-Germain): Moulin; Debuchy, Perrin*, Fofana, Kolodziejczak; Camara, M’Vila; Maçon, Boudebouz, Bouanga; Hamouma.
André Villas-Boas has no injury worries ahead of Ligue 1’s curtain raiser. Gabriel Silva, Loïs Diony and Zaydou Youssouf, meanwhile, are expected to miss out for Saint-Étienne.
Players to watch:
- Marseille: It’s hard to see beyond Marseille as PSG’s strongest challenger for Ligue 1 supremacy this forthcoming campaign. A key part of that feeling is the presence of playmaker Dimitri Payet, who created 87 chances in France’s top division last season, although he managed only four assists. The former West Ham man, if he features, would relish another opportunity to dazzle against the club he once called home. Payet, at the beginning of his career, enjoyed four years at Les Verts where he scored 25 goals and created a further 32.
- Saint-Étienne: It was a debut season to remember for Gabonese winger Denis Bouanga even if his side just about staved off relegation. Bouanga, who joined from Nîmes, bagged 10 goals, the only Saint-Étienne to reach double figures in that regard. Those efforts ultimately played a role in the record 10-time French champions staying up. He enters this upcoming campaign having scored three goals in his last four Ligue 1 outings.