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  • February 27, 2013
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Paris Saint-Germain-Marseille Preview: Beckham to make first start as Ligue 1 giants clash on Coupe duty

Paris Saint-Germain-Marseille Preview: Beckham to make first start as Ligue 1 giants clash on Coupe duty

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The 37-year-old Englishman is set to start as the two rivals meet for the second time in four days as OM aim to avenge their 2-0 defeat to the Ligue 1 leaders on Sunday

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PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN

Porto
Sirigu
Van der Wiel, Armand, Alex, Maxwell
Beckham, Matuidi,
Menez, Pastore
Lavezzi, Ibrahimovic

OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
Olympique de Marseille
Mandanda
Fanni, N'Koulou, Lucas Mendes, Morel
Barton, Romao
Kadir, Valbuena, Ayew
Gignac

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti will hand David Beckham a first start in PSG colours, after the ex-England captain came off the bench for a starring cameo against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday.

The 37-year-old is set to replace the suspended Marco Verratti in the middle of the park, alongside either Blaise Matuidi or Clement Chantome, as Ancelotti seeks to shuffle his pack slightly for the Coupe de France clash.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could also be rested, in favour of Kevin Gameiro, though otherwise it is likely to be largely unchanged from the side that beat Elie Baup's men just two days ago.

For Marseille, the visitors welcome back Jordan Ayew from suspension, after the Ghana international missed Sunday's knee clash. Elder brother Andre is a doubt after picking up a knock at Parc des Princes, and could well be replaced by the younger sibling.

Jeremy Morel is also uncertain to play, leaving Marseille short at left-back, with 18-year-old Baptiste Aloe ready to step in should the former Lorient player fail to recover in time.
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Paris Saint-Germain sit atop of the Ligue 1 table, three points clear of Lyon, and eight ahead of Marseille.
  • Carlo Ancelotti's side beat fifth division Arras 4-3, and Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse 3-1 to make it this far in the competition.
  • Les Parisiens have lifted the Coupe de France eight times, the second highest total in history.
  • Both PSG and Marseille meet for the fourth time this season, the last three coming at the Parc des Princes.
  • Marseille sit third in Ligue 1, and are just a point ahead of high-flying Nice in the race for the Champions League.
  • L'OM have won the Coupe de France 10 times - a record. They have not lifted the famous trophy since 1989 however.
  • Sunday's game at the Parc des Princes was the first time in 14 games that OM had failed to score against their arch-rivals

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Available Squads
1Nicolas DouchezGoalkeeper
23Gregory van der WielDefender
17Mamadou SakhoDefender
17MaxwellDefender
6Zoumana CamaraDefender
14Blaise MatuidiMidfielder
20Clément Chantôme Midfielder
32David BeckhamMidfielder
-Jérémy MenezMidfielder
11Kevin GameiroStriker
10Zlatan IbrahimovicStriker
30Salvatore SiriguGoalkeeper
26Christophe JalletDefender
22Sylvain ArmandDefender
15Siaka TiénéDefender
27Javier PastoreMidfielder
-Kingsley ComanMidfielder
21Ezequiel LavezziStriker
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
15Jérémy MorelDefender
-LucasDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
24Rod FanniDefender
4Alaixys RomaoMidfielder
14Foued KadirMidfielder
17Joey BartonMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
10André AyewStriker
9André Pierre GignacStriker
-Brice SambaGoalkeeper
-Baptiste AloeDefender
5Kassim AbdallahDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
-Rafidine AbdullahMidfielder
15Jordan AyewStriker
99M. SougouStriker
Players to Watch
David Beckham
David Beckham
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 32
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With Marco Verratti absent through suspension, it is likely that the 37-year-old could start from the middle, alongside Blaise Matuidi. His crisp passing and dangerous set-piece deliveries could harm Marseille, as has been the case for countless teams over the years.
Mathieu Valbuena
Mathieu Valbuena
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 28
Games Goals YC RC
1 0 0 0
The winger was at his brilliant best in Sunday's defeat, only for Marseille to come up against an inspired Salvatore Sirigu. The France international has raised his game this term and expect him to be at the heart of all of L'OM's attacking endeavours.
Prediction
Marseille could quite easily have emerged victorious from Sunday's game, but were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal. They are unlikely to make the same mistake on Wednesday, but with PSG enjoying home advantage once again, this one could go right down to the wire.
Editor's Prediction
PSG 1

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