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  • May 8, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade de Gerland, Lyon
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 39548
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Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille

Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique Lyonnais - Olympique de Marseille

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France's two biggest clubs battle it out in a match in which defeat for either could seriously dent their respective title bids.


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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Olympique Lyonnais (4-3-3)

Lloris; Reveillere, Cris, Lovren, Kolodziejczak; Gonalons, Pjanic, Kallstrom; Pied, Gomis, Lisandro;
Lyon
Lyon manager Claude Puel revealed in the pre-match press conference that Jeremy Toulalan would sit out this encounter after picking up a knee problem in the win over Montpellier 10 days ago. Yoann Gourcuff is also struggling to shake off an adductor problem. There is also a defensive problem as Aly Cissokho and the returning Michel Bastos are suspended following their red cards in the 2-0 defeat to Toulouse last weekend.
Olympique Marseile (4-3-3)

Mandanda; Taiwo, Diawara, Heinze, Fanni; Kabore, Lucho, Ayew, Remy, Valbuena; Gignac;

Marseille


Marseille welcome back Loic Remy for this encounter; the striker completed a ban after squaring up against Abdelhamid El Kaoutari of Montpellier three weeks ago and is in line to face his former club. The only other injury concern is Stephane Mbia who is recovering from a groin injury picked up in the Coupe de la Ligue Final triumph. Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta is nearing a return from a serious knee injury which has kept him out of action for six months.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Lyon sit in third place in Ligue 1, having suffered two defeats in their last five games which has seen their title hopes suffer badly in that period.  
  • Les Gones are seven points behind leaders Lille, with only five games left to play.
  • Lyon's Argentinian hitman Lisandro Lopez has a 100 per cent scoring record against the side from Provence, boasting three goals in three appearances.
  • Claude Puel's men haven't conceded a goal at home in the second half this season in Ligue 1.
  • Lyon haven't beaten Marseille at Stade Gerland since the 2005-06 season when goals from Tiago and Sidney Govou gave them a 2-1 victory.
  • Similarly, Lyon have only won one of their last eight games against Marseille since 2007.
  • A win for the home side would still keep their faint title hopes alive, but realistically it would keep them in the hunt for a Champions League berth for next season.
  • Marseille suffered a slip-up at home to Auxerre last Sunday, drawing 1-1. That result saw them surrender top spot to Lille, only four days after reclaiming it.
  • Les Phoceens are a point behind Rudi Garcia's side, with five games remaining.
  • Didier Deschamps' men have won their last five away games on the trot.
  • They are also unbeaten in their last eight away games. Their last reverse came in December away to Nice.
  • Marseille have found the net in the last 12 games running.
  • This fixture last season threw up arguably, the most exciting Ligue 1 match in recent memory. OM found themselves 4-2 up at the break, and required a Jeremy Toulalan own goal in the 93rd minute to salvage a memorable 5-5 draw.


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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
25Hugo LlorisGoalkeeper
12T. KolodziejczakDefender
5Dejan LovrenDefender
3CrisDefender
13Anthony RéveillèreDefender
6Kim KällströmMidfielder
15Miralem PjanicMidfielder
21Maxime GonalonsMidfielder
19César Fabián DelgadoMidfielder
9Lisandro LópezDefender
18Bafetimbi GomisStriker
-Lamine GassamaDefender
15Pape DiakhatéDefender
30Rémy VercoutreGoalkeeper
7Clément GrenierMidfielder
-Jérémy PiedStriker
10Alexandre LacazetteStriker
7Jimmy BriandStriker
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
3Taye TaiwoDefender
19G. HeinzeDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
6Edouard CisséMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
10André AyewStriker
18Fabrice AbrielMidfielder
26Jean-Philippe SaboDefender
16AndradeGoalkeeper
14Leyti N'DiayeDefender
9André Pierre GignacStriker
15Jordan AyewStriker
Players to Watch
Lisandro López
Lisandro López
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Argentinian hitman boasts a 100% scoring record against the side from Provence. His ability to create chances as well as his lethal finishing will definitely see him as a vital component in downing Didier Deschamps' men. In front of a passionate home crowd, expect "Licha" to find the net again on Sunday.
Steve Mandanda
Steve Mandanda
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The Marseille captain and French international has produced some assured displays in keeping L'OM in the quest for a second straight league crown. His fine reflex saves, as well as good command of his area will make him a tough man to beat. Needs to be wary of the threat of Lisandro, whose beaten him on each occasion beforehand.
Prediction
Lyon have endured a difficult few weeks, and will be disadvantaged with the absence of a few key players at Stade Gerland on Sunday. Marseille, who are the best away side in Ligue 1 this season, can afford no more slip-ups, but the defending champions' experience rarely fails to come to their rescue in the big games. A narrow win for Les Phoceens on the cards.
Editor's Prediction
Lyon 0

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