Paris Saint-Germain-Marseille Preview: Beckham to make first start as Ligue 1 giants clash on Coupe duty
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
By Mohammed Ali
Van der Wiel, Armand, Alex, Maxwell
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
Fanni, N'Koulou, Lucas Mendes, Morel
Kadir, Valbuena, Ayew
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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|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||2 Mar 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - Olympique de Marseille 0|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||6 Oct 2013||Olympique de Marseille 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2|
|France - Coupe de France (FRAC)||27 Feb 2013||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - Olympique de Marseille 0|
|Ligue 1 (Lig1)||24 Feb 2013||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - Olympique de Marseille 0|
|France - Coupe de la Ligue (FRLC)||31 Oct 2012||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 2 - Olympique de Marseille 0|
|Paris St. Germain (PSG)|
|13 Apr 2014||Olympique Lyonnais 1 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||Lig1|
|8 Apr 2014||Chelsea FC 2 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 0||UCL|
|5 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3 - Stade de Reims 0||Lig1|
|2 Apr 2014||Paris St. Germain (PSG) 3 - Chelsea FC 1||UCL|
|28 Mar 2014||OGC Nice 0 - Paris St. Germain (PSG) 1||Lig1|
|Olympique de Marseille|
|11 Apr 2014||Montpellier Herault SC 2 - Olympique de Marseille 3||Lig1|
|4 Apr 2014||Olympique de Marseille 3 - AC Ajaccio 1||Lig1|
|29 Mar 2014||FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 1 - Olympique de Marseille 1||Lig1|
|22 Mar 2014||Olympique de Marseille 0 - Rennes 1||Lig1|
|14 Mar 2014||Stade de Reims 1 - Olympique de Marseille 1||Lig1|
|23||Gregory van der Wiel||Defender|
|9||André Pierre Gignac||Striker|
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.
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.
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.
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