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Coupe de la Ligue

  • April 14, 2012
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de France, Paris
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
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Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille Preview: Faltering OM seek third consecutive cup win against Garde's in-form side

Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille Preview: Faltering OM seek third consecutive cup win against Garde's in-form side

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Saturday's showpiece in Coupe de la Ligue sees Les Gones take on Les Phoceens at the Stade de France with Didier Deschamps' men aiming to win the tournament for third time in a row


PROBABLE LINE-UPS

LYON


Lloris
Reveillere, Lovren, Kone, Cissokho
Bastos, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Briand
Lisandro, Gomis

MARSEILLE

 
Mandanda
Azpilicueta, Nkoulou, Mbia, Morel
Diarra, Cheyrou
Amalfitano, Valbuena, A.Ayew
Brandao


Lyon boss Remi Garde is without Yoann Gourcuff, Ederson and John Mensah through injury, and the trio have been left out of the party to travel to the capital for the Coupe de la Ligue final.

Club captain Cris revealed earlier this week that he is fit for the showpiece at the Stade de France after initially being ruled out for a month, and the Brazilian is included in the squad. Michel Bastos is expected to return to the starting XI after sitting out the 2-1 win over Auxerre last Saturday.

Olympique de Marseille's Didier Deschamps is able to recall a number of players who were rested in Wednesday's 1-3 defeat to Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier. 

Cesar Azpilicueta has won his fitness battle and is set to line-up in Paris, with Jeremy Morel, Mathieu Valbuena, Morgan Amalfitano and Andre Ayew all set to be renamed in the starting XI after all being named on the bench on Wednesday.

Striker Loic Remy is still a major doubt with a thigh injury, and strikers Brandao and Andre-Pierre Gignac are ready to deputise for him, with the Brazilian most likely to be used by Deschamps.

With OM suffering 11 defeats in their last 12 games, Saturday represents the last chance for the Provence club to qualify for the Europa League after languishing in 9th place in Ligue 1.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Olympique Lyonnais sit in fourth place in Ligue 1 after being Auxerre 2-1 last week, courtesy of two Lisandro penalties.

  • Remi Garde's men beat Lorient 4-2 after extra-time in their semi-final. Jimmy Briand scored in the 94th minute to force an extra 30 minutes in which Bafetimbi Gomis and Alexandre Lacazette added two more to seal a final berth.
  • Lyon have won the Coupe de la Ligue for the one and only time in 2001, having finished runners-up in 1996 and 2007 respectively.
  • Les Gones are unbeaten against Marseille in their last four encounters.
  • Olympique de Marseille occupy ninth place in Ligue 1 after suffering yet another defeat in their 3-1 reverse to league leaders Montpellier on Wednesday.
  • Marseille have not lost a Coupe de la Ligue match since September 2008, winning the 2010 and 2011 editions of the trophy.
  • Didier Deschamps' men are seeking an unprecedented third straight cup victory, and will be the first side to do so if they win on Saturday.
  • Loic Remy is the top scorer of the competition with four goals.

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Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
5Dejan LovrenDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
14Mouhamadou DaboDefender
23Samuel UmtitiDefender
6Kim KällströmMidfielder
9Michel BastosMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
9Lisandro LópezDefender
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
7Jimmy BriandStriker
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
3CrisDefender
14BakyDefender
20Aly CissokhoDefender
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
6Gueida FofanaMidfielder
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
19Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
10André AyewStriker
1Gennaro BraciglianoGoalkeeper
18Djimi TraoreDefender
15Jérémy MorelDefender
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
9BrandaoStriker
9André Pierre GignacStriker
15Jordan AyewStriker
Players to Watch
Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The France captain is unbelievably, yet to win a trophy at senior level with Lyon, though come Saturday evening that may all change. Lloris has been the most consistent player in Remi Garde's first season in charge of the Rhone club, and the 25 year old's solid form, peppered with moments of brilliance and world-class ability could shift the final in favour of Lyon. Arguably one of the finest custodians on the planet, Marseille have the unenviable task of finding away past this man at the Stade de France.
Morgan Amalfitano
Morgan Amalfitano
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Morgan Amalfitano is enduring a turbulent first season at the Stade Velodrome, yet nonetheless, the former Lorient midfielder is seen as an integral part of the first team, and has also chipped in with a series of fine displays. Amalfitano is seen as the man for the big games, as testament to his performances in the Champions League, and could be a lethal weapon in Saturday's final. It is no secret that Marseille are incredibly threatening from set-pieces, and with a fantastic crossing ability, Amalfitano may just be the source of goals for Deschamps' men.
Prediction
The Coupe de la Ligue final promises to be a mouthwatering clash with two of France's biggest teams participating in the showdown. Form has a big part to play, given Lyon's great run since their Champions League elimination. Match that with OM's shocking record of 11 defeats in 12, and it would be hard to see the Provence club win the cup for an unprecedented third time. A close match, but OL should prosper.
Editor's Prediction
Lyon 2

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