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  • November 7, 2010
  • • 20:00
  • • Parc des Princes, Paris
  • Referee: S. Lannoy
  • • Attendance: 40234
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Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique de Marseille

Ligue 1 Preview: Paris Saint-Germain – Olympique de Marseille

Les Parisiens meet Olympique de Marseille in the biggest fixture in the Championnat calendar...

On The Up

Fans of Ligue 1 have been eagerly anticipating the first Derby de France, also known as Le Classique, since the beginning of the season. This explosive fixture between Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille will be given added spice on this occasion as both sides are battling towards the summit of Le Championnat, which has not always been the case over the last decade.

Antoine Kombouare has slowly turn les Parisiens around, yet there can be little doubt that there is more to come from the capital side. An eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions during the autumn has hinted at their potential, but strike duo Guillaume Hoarau and Mevlut Erding are both struggling for form at present.

While PSG are going well in the league, their form in Europe has been even more praiseworthy. Pitted in a tough Europa League section alongside Sevilla and Bundesliga leads Borussia Dortmund, les Parisiens need only one victory in their final two games to assure themselves of a place in the last 32 after twice drawing with the Germans. Indeed, Kombouare felt his side should even have beaten BVB at the Parc des Princes on Thursday as opposed to simply holding them to a scoreless draw.

A challenge for the French title is not off the cards yet either. PSG are five points off the pace but probably can’t afford to drop too much further back if they are to muster a surge towards the top three. Ultimately, European football again next term must be their goal, but the manner in which they are playing suggests this is entirely possible, especially if they can get their front two to start scoring again.

Record Breakers

Didier Deschamps’ Marseille unit have been a steady winning machine in the early weeks of the campaign. They’ve not always produced their best football, but after overcoming a start to the season that saw them lose both of their opening fixtures to modest opposition, they have now strung together a sequence of five wins in all competitions.

That three of the first four of those successes were 1-0 results shows OM’s gritty side, but on Wednesday evening there was a feeling that les Phoceens’ season finally got underway in earnest. The opposition may have been modest in the form of Zilina, but for the Stade Velodrome club to go to any venue in the Champions League and win 7-0 was quite remarkable.

Among their star performers were Andre-Pierre Gignac and Lucho Gonzalez. Since a big summer move from Toulouse, Gignac has struggled to find the net, but after scoring a treble against Zilina he will again be bursting with confidence. Lucho, meanwhile, has been criticised for not being readily enough involved in the play, but he grabbed a midweek brace and must also be feeling pretty good about the state of his game.

With Loic Remy a persistent danger out wide, Marseille’s offence is finally firing on all cylinders, and their surge could scarcely have been better timed.

Now up to third in the league, despite having a game on leaders Stade Brestois, who are only three points clear of OM, Deschamps’ side again have the summit in mind and will rabidly chase a victory at the home of their most intense rivals.

No Classique encounter is complete without a hint of controversy though, and Marseille are angry that there will be no travelling support at the Parc des Princes on Sunday after the LFP deemed the encounter a potentially powder keg fixture after violent clashes between the clubs’ respective fans in recent years.


TEAM NEWS

PSG


Jean-Eudes Maurice is expected to be the only player missing from Antoine Kombouare’s side. After resting a number of first pick players in midweek, the coach will reintroduce those figures, such as Claude Makelele and Ludovic Giuly, into the side on Sunday.

Marseille

OM have not reported any fresh injury concerns following their spectacular 7-0 success over Zilina. Edouard Cisse will continue to miss out alongside centre-back Hilton.

Didier Deschamps will have to do without the suspended Stephane Mbia, whose absence will open the door for Taye Taiwo to return to the left-back role.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

PSG

Olympique Marseille

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
Draw
Olympique de Marseille MAR
Olympique de Marseille Olympique Marseille
21%
24%
55%

Top 3 Predictions

Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
0 - 0
Olympique de Marseille MAR
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
0 - 2
Olympique de Marseille MAR
Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG
1 - 2
Olympique de Marseille MAR

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