The biggest game in the French football calendar takes centre stage on Sunday evening at the Stade Velodrome with both sides desperate for a win after recent setbacks
Azpilicueta, Diawara, N'Koulou, Morel
Lucho Gonzalez, Diarra, Cheyrou
Ayew, Remy, Valbuena
Ceara, Lugano, Sakho, Tiene
Menez, Pastore, Nene
Olympique de Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is likely to recall left-back Jeremy Morel after the defender missed out in the midweek Champions League defeat to Olympiakos. The same goes for Cesar Azpilicueta, who had been dropped in favour of Charles Kabore on the right flank.
Lucho Gonzalez could also be in the frame for a start after being reduced to a cameo on Wednesday, and he could replace Jordan Ayew for the hotly-contested Clasico. Stephane Mbia returned to competitive action on Wednesday, but a high-profile game could come too early for the Cameroonian, who is still short of being match-fit.
Andre-Pierre Gignac will not feature against the Ligue 1 leaders after an alleged bust-up with the manager left him relegated to the reserve squad.
Under-fire Antoine Koumbouare has been told by sporting director Leonardo that his job is safe whatever the result at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday.
The PSG coach enjoys no injury concerns and will surely continue with the 4-2-3-1 formation which has seen them top Ligue 1 after 14 games.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Olympique de Marseille sit 10th in Ligue 1 after collecting 18 points from 14 games.
- L'OM were defeated by Montpellier 1-0 last weekend, before going down to Olympiakos in the Champions League, delaying their progress to the last 16.
- The next goal OM score in this fixture will be their 100th in the Derby de France.
- Marseille have recorded 30 wins in this fixture in the league over the years, dwarfing PSG's 18.
- Paris Saint-Germain were defeated 1-0 at home by Nancy on Sunday.
- Antoine Koumbouare's men sit joint-top of Ligue 1 with 30 points so far.
- Les Parisiens will be keen to take revenge for their previous defeat away to Marseille, losing 2-1 in March.
- PSG have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous 10 games against their arch-rivals.
- Les Parisiens will be without their fans at the Stade Velodrome, after the LFP banned away support in this fixture due to a history of trouble. OM fans will be banned at the Parc des Princes when they next meet.