The Ligue 1 giants lock horns at the Stade Gerland on Sunday night with Didier Deschamps' men seeking a first league win of the season. Goal.com previews the encounter.
|Olympique Lyon (4-4-2): Lloris; Reveillere, Lovren, Kone, Cissokho; Pied, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Bastos; Briand, Gomis||
Lyon boss Remi Garde still has a lengthy injury list to contend with for Sunday evening's 'Olympico'. The side are clearly missing the services of Lisandro Lopez who is sidelined with an ankle injury, with Bafetimbi Gomis the only experienced striker at Les Gones' disposal.
Clement Grenier was brought in behind the French international to face Ajax in midweek, but it is expected that Jeremy Pied will return as Licha's deputy as was the case in last weekend's 2-1 win over Dijon.
Yoann Gourcuff is expected to return soon from an ankle surgery, but this game may come too soon for the former Bordeaux man. Cris, Yannis Tafer and Ederson all remain sidelined.
|Olympique de Marseille (4-3-3): Mandanda; Morel, Diawara, Fanni, Azpilicueta; Lucho Gonzalez, Diarra, Cheyrou; Amalfitano, Ayew, Remy
Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is set to welcome back Andre Ayew for the trip to the Stade Gerland on Sunday. The Ghanaian starlet has been out for 10 days after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
Mathieu Valbuena picked up a hamstring problem in the defeat to Rennes last weekend and consequently missed the 1-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos. 'Le Petit Velo' could well make a return, albeit from the bench.
Jeremy Morel was pushed up to left midfield in Greece on Tuesday night to accomodate the absence of wingers in the Marseille squad. He is expected to revert to the left-back role replacing Djimi Traore. Midfield dynamo Bruno Cheyrou and Andre-Pierre Gignac picked up knocks over the course of the week, but both are expected to play some part in this fixture as L'OM seek a first win of the season.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Lyon are the only side not to have tasted defeat in the 2011-12 Ligue 1 season. Remi Garde's men defeated Dijon 2-1 on matchday five, amassing 11 points from a possible 15.
- Indeed, Les Gones are yet to lose a competitive game this season either. A depeleted side drew 0-0 with Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.
- Lyon are unbeaten against their rivals at home for almost four years.
- L'OL have conceded one goal in each of their league games this season.
- Marseille are winless in the league this term. A 1-0 defeat to Rennes on matchday five has seen them total a measly three points from five games.
- L'OM however kick-started a new European campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Olympiakos to top Group F.
- Didier Deschamps' men were beaten by Lyon 3-2 in May, a result which saw their grasp o the title ultimately slip away to Lille.
- Marseille have 29 league wins compared to Lyon's 28 in their league fixtures, along with 33 drawn encounters.
- The sides played out an amazing 5-5 draw in this fixture in 2009-10, which still remains one of the best Ligue 1 games in recent memory.