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Ligue 1

  • October 7, 2012
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: T. Chapron
  • • Attendance: 40748

Ligue 1 Preview: Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain

The biggest game in French football takes center stage on Sunday, with the league leaders aiming to extend the gap at the top with victory over Carlo Ancelotti's side



Olympique de Marseille
Fanni, N'Koulou, Lucas Mendes, Morel
Cheyrou, Kabore
Amalfitano, Valbuena, Ayew

Jallet, Alex, Thiago Silva, Maxwell
Sissoko, Verratti, Matuidi
Menez, Pastore

Olympique de Marseille coach Elie Baup is without a number of players in arguably the biggest match of the season so far in the Derby de France.

Young midfielder Rafidine Abdullah suffered injury in the 5-1 win over AEL Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday, with Charles Kabore expected to replace him, having deputized as right back for the last couple of league encounters. Joey Barton is suspended, for another five games at least.

With first-choice right back Kassim Abdallah still on the sidelines, Baup could be forced to alter his side once more, with new signing Lucas Mendes from Coritiba making his OM bow in midweek, ending the game with one goal and one assist. Up front, Baup is unlikely to stray from his 4-2-3-1 formation, meaning one of only Loic Remy or Andre-Pierre Gignac will start.

Paris Saint-Germain meanwhile, will again have to make do with Ezequiel Lavezzi after the Argentine was forced off in the 1-0 Champions League defeat to Porto on Wednesday, with Carlo Ancelotti expected to reinsert Javier Pastore to the starting lineup.

Mamadou Sakho is suspended, meaning Alex will partner Thiago Silva in defense. Christophe Jallet is also in line for a return, after Gregory van der Wiel's below-par performance at the Estadio do Dragao.

  • Marseille sits atop of the Ligue 1 table, having won six of their seven league games thus far, though its last league encounter was a 4-1 defeat away to Valenciennes.
  • This fixture in November 2011 ended 3-0 in OM's favor, with Loic Remy, Morgan Amalfitano and Andre Ayew scoring.
  • Elie Baup's men have won their last three home games against their fierce rivals.
  • The two sides will meet again on October 31, having been drawn together in the Coupe de la Ligue last 16.
  • Paris Saint-Germain beat Sochaux 2-0 to maintain a run of four straight league wins to go second in the table.
  • Les Parisiens have failed to win on more than two-thirds of their visits to the Velodrome.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side, along with Marseille have kept five clean sheets so far this season, although PSG remains the only side to not have conceded in the second half of games in Ligue 1.


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30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
5Kassim AbdallahDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
15Jérémy MorelDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
18Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
9André Pierre GignacStriker
10André AyewStriker
1Gennaro BraciglianoGoalkeeper
-Papa Daouda M'BowDefender
-Rafidine AbdullahMidfielder
-Florian RaspentinoMidfielder
15Jordan AyewStriker
14Loïc RemyStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
4Thiago SilvaDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
24Marco VerrattiMidfielder
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
23Gregory van der WielDefender
-Mohamed Lamine SissokoMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker

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