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March 20, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Stade Vélodrome — Marseille
Referee:‬ S. Bre‎
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Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique de Marseille - Paris Saint-Germain

The Derby de France is likely to have a big bearing on the title race, which continues to hot up nicely...

By Robin Bairner

Ligue 1 : Christophe Jallet & Nene (Paris SG) - (Panoramic)

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Olympique de Marseille: Mandanda; Fanni, Diawara, Heinze, Taiwo; Mbia, Gonzalez, Cisse; A. Ayew, Remy, Gignac. Marseille

Paris Saint-Germain: Apoula; Jallet, Sakho, Armand, Tiene; Makelele, Clement; Giuly, Bodmer, Nene; Hoarau Marseille


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • OM and PSG have clashed 30 times in Ligue 1 at the Stade Velodrome. The home side have won 19, drawn six and lost just five.
  • Last season PSG old boy Gabriel Heinze scored the only goal of the game with a 25th-minute header.
  • Marseille's tally of 39 goals is the fifth-best total in Ligue 1, while only Rennes (20) have conceded fewer goals than OM (23).
  • In Week 27, Loic Remy and Lucho Gonalez scored either side of half-time to record a precious 2-0 win away to Rennes at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Andre Ayew set up the first goal and younger brother Jordan Ayew set up the second. The Ayew brothers are sons of former Marseille and Ghana great Abedi Pele.
  • Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is the only player to have featured in all 27 games to date while Lucho and Ayew have missed just a single game each.
  • PSG head into Week 28 in fifth place, seven points behind leaders Lille, and three points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille.
  • PSG have scored 41 goals - the third-highest total in Ligue 1 (Lille 47, Lyon 46). PSG's defence has conceded 28 goals in 27 games, the equal seventh-best in the division.
  • Nene scored 50 seconds into PSG's 3-2 defeat at home to Auxerre earlier this season - it remains the fastest goal scored in the division in the current campaign.
  • Ludovic Giuly is the club's leading assists giver with six. Hoarau has five while Nene has five.
  • While Marseille, with 23 points, are the best away team in France, PSG are fourth with 19 points from 13 games, one less than OM.


LAST MEETING

November 7, 2010: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Olympique de Marseille

PSG won the previous Derby de France encounter by a 2-1 margin over their great rivals, largely thanks to a lightning quick start to the encounter. Mevlut Erding and Guillaume Hoarau both struck inside 20 minutes, and though Lucho Gonzalez quickly pulled on back for OM, it was not enough.


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Last Five Matches
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Team News
Available Squads
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
3Taye TaiwoDefender
20G. HeinzeDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
10André AyewStriker
9André Pierre GignacStriker
14Loïc RemyStriker
5Vitorino Hilton da SilvaDefender
16AndradeGoalkeeper
6Edouard CisséMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
7Fabrice AbrielMidfielder
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
15Jordan AyewStriker
-Grégory CoupetGoalkeeper
15Siaka TiénéDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
26Christophe JalletDefender
19NenêMidfielder
4Claude MakeleleMidfielder
5Mathieu BodmerMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
-Ludovic GiulyStriker
13Guillaume HoarauStriker
30Apoula Edima EdelGoalkeeper
-CearáDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
13Sammy TraoréDefender
6Jérémy ClémentMidfielder
11Mevlut ErdingStriker
-Jean-Christophe BahebeckStriker
Players to Watch
Loïc Remy
Loïc Remy
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Marseille's star offensive performer against Manchester United in midweek, Loic Remy is approaching his best form. Could be used through the middle, where he proved a handful to the Red Devils' defence on Wednesday. Has been widely perceived to have endured a tough season but is OM's top scorer.
Probable Lineups
Steve Mandanda 30
Taye Taiwo 3
G. Heinze 20
Souleymane Diawara 21
Rod Fanni 24
Benoît Cheyrou 7
Stéphane M'Bia 17
Mathieu Valbuena 28
André Ayew 10
André Pierre Gignac 9
Loïc Remy 14
Grégory Coupet 0
Siaka Tiéné 15
Sylvain Armand 22
Mamadou Sakho 17
Christophe Jallet 26
Nenê 19
Claude Makelele 4
Mathieu Bodmer 5
Clément Chantôme 20
Ludovic Giuly 0
Guillaume Hoarau 13
Prediction
Both teams will be on a low after crashing out of Europe, but les Parisiens are a side on the slide. OM will start as favourites, particularly if Lucho Gonzalez is ready to start after an armed robbery at his house. PSG have been tenacious this term, but they appear to be running out of steam, and this could be a further nail in their title hopes.

Editor's Prediction
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Results
 
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Lyon
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Vincent Aboubakar Vincent Aboubakar
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14 1