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  • March 6, 2011
  • • 20:00
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: J. Hamel
  • • Attendance: 52960
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Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique Marseille – Lille OSC

Ligue 1 Preview: Olympique Marseille – Lille OSC

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Marseille: Mandanda; Heinze, Diawara, Mbia, Taiwo; Kabore, Cisse, Gonzalez; Ayew, Remy, Valbuena.

Marseille


Lille: Landreau; Beria, Chedjou, Rami, Debuchy; Balmont, Cabaye, Mavuba; Hazard, Gervinho, Sow.

Lille


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Marseille have not suffered a league defeat at the Stade Velodrome since the opening day of the season, when they lost 2-1 to newly-promoted Caen.
  • They are currently the form team in Ligue 1, having won four and drawn one of their last five league matches.
  • Of the 24 meetings between the two sides in Ligue 1 history, Marseille have emerged victorious 11 times, while Lille have claimed all three points on 7 occasions.
  • Marseille have scored in each of their last eight matches against Lille.
  • In 2011, they have notched up 16 points, more than any other Ligue 1 side.
  • Lille have opened the scoring in a league-high 18 matches this season.
  • Should Moussa Sow score against Marseille, it will be his 30th Ligue 1 goal. He is currently top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with a tally of 17.
  • Against the other teams currently occupying the top five places in the Ligue 1 table, Lille have yet to register a victory.
  • In all competitions, they have won just one of their last seven matches in normal time, with their victory against Lorient in the Coupe de France on Wednesday coming after penalties.


LAST MEETING

October 24, 2010: Lille 1-3 Marseille

After trailing 1-0 at half-time through a Yohan Cabaye half-volley, second half goals from Loic Remy and Lucho Gonzalez saw Marseille leave the Stade Metropole with all three points.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
20G. HeinzeDefender
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
6Edouard CisséMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
10André AyewStriker
9BrandaoStriker
14Loïc RemyStriker
16AndradeGoalkeeper
3Taye TaiwoDefender
5Vitorino Hilton da SilvaDefender
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
7Fabrice AbrielMidfielder
9André Pierre GignacStriker
15Jordan AyewStriker
-Mickaël LandreauGoalkeeper
18Franck BeriaDefender
21Aurélien Chedjou FongangDefender
4Adil RamiDefender
26Mathieu DebuchyDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
4Florent BalmontMidfielder
24Rio Antonio MavubaMidfielder
17Eden HazardMidfielder
7Moussa SowStriker
27GervinhoStriker
30Barel Morial MoukoGoalkeeper
22David RozehnalDefender
-EmersonDefender
-Ludovic ObraniakMidfielder
29Stéphane DumontMidfielder
-De MeloStriker
-Pierre-Alain FrauStriker
Players to Watch
André Ayew
André Ayew
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Mathieu Valbuena returning from injury and Andre-Pierre Gignac still absent, Marseille will look to Andre Ayew to provide the impetus in attack. A finely-taken brace against Nancy last week should have provided the striker with a welcome boost ahead of Sunday's meeting.
Adil Rami
Adil Rami
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
In what is undoubtedly set to be a tight contest, an excellent performance will be required of Adil Rami at the heart of defence. Should the French international perform to the best of his ability, Lille may feel hopeful of taking at least a point from the Stade Velodrome.
Prediction
League leaders Lille have faltered in recent weeks, and their grasp on the title is becoming increasingly tenuous as the season progresses. Conversely, Marseille are experiencing something of a resurgence, and in such a decisive encounter, it is likely that they will prove too strong for a Lille side that is desperately lacking in confidence.
Editor's Prediction
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