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November 27, 2011 3:00 PM EST
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ L. Jaffredo‎
Attendance:‬ 41512‎
9′ Loïc Remy
84′ André Ayew

Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique de Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain

The biggest game in the French football calendar takes center stage on Sunday evening at the Stade Velodrome with both sides desperate for a win after recent setbacks.

By Mohammed Ali


Azpilicueta, Diawara, N'Koulou, Morel
Lucho Gonzalez, Diarra, Cheyrou
Ayew, Remy, Valbuena


Ceara, Lugano, Sakho, Tiene
Bodmer, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore, Nene

Olympique de Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is likely to recall left back Jeremy Morel after the defender missed out in the midweek Champions League defeat to Olympiakos. The same goes for Cesar Azpilicueta, who had been dropped in favor of Charles Kabore on the right flank.

Lucho Gonzalez could also be in the frame for a start after being reduced to a cameo on Wednesday, and he could replace Jordan Ayew for the hotly contested Clasico. Stephane Mbia returned to competitive action on Wednesday, but a high-profile game could come too early for the Cameroonian, who is still short of being match fit.

Andre-Pierre Gignac will not feature against the Ligue 1 leader after an alleged bust-up with the manager left him relegated to the reserve squad.

Under fire Antoine Koumbouare has been told by sporting director Leonardo that his job is safe whatever the result at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.

The PSG coach enjoys no injury concerns and will surely continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation which has seen the club top Ligue 1 after 14 games.

  • Olympique de Marseille sits 10th in Ligue 1 after collecting 18 points from 14 games.
  • L'OM was defeated by Montpellier 1-0 last weekend, before going down to Olympiakos in the Champions League, delaying its progress to the last 16.
  • The next goal OM scores in this fixture will be the club's 100th in the Derby de France.
  • Marseille has recorded 30 wins in this fixture in the league over the years, dwarfing PSG's 18.
  • Paris Saint-Germain was defeated 1-0 at home by Nancy on Sunday.
  • Antoine Koumbouare's men sit joint top of Ligue 1 with 30 points so far.
  • Les Parisiens will be keen to take revenge for their previous defeat away to Marseille, losing 2-1 in March.
  • PSG has failed to keep a clean sheet in its previous 10 games against its arch-rival.
  • Les Parisiens will be without their fans at the Stade Velodrome, after the LFP banned away support in this fixture due to a history of trouble. OM fans will be banned at the Parc des Princes when they next meet.
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15Jérémy MorelDefender
3Nicolas NkoulouDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
10André AyewStriker
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
18Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
14Loïc RemyStriker
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22Sylvain ArmandDefender
2Diego LuganoDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
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Stéphane M'Bia 17
Lucho González 8
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Morgan Amalfitano 18
Loïc Remy 14
Salvatore Sirigu 30
Sylvain Armand 22
Diego Lugano 2
Mamadou Sakho 17
Christophe Jallet 26
Nenê 19
Mohamed Lamine Sissoko 0
Javier Pastore 27
Blaise Matuidi 14
Jérémy Menez 7
Kevin Gameiro 11