The latest installation of Ligue 1’s Choc des Olympiques takes place on Sunday at 7.45pm (UK time) between Lyon and Marseille.
In what has been a difficult start to the season for both clubs, this rivalry takes on an added pressure as they look to stay in the top three race. Hosts Lyon currently lurk precariously in eighth, and know they have not won any of their last three matches against Marseille, so this offers to be a fascinating showdown at the Groupama Stadium.
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Lyon vs Marseille build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It’s been a very inconsistent start to the season for Peter Bosz, whose Les Gones currently sit in eighth. However, Lyon can take solace from their recent form at home. They are are unbeaten in their last seven Ligue 1 games at the Groupama Stadium. In fact, only PSG (nine) are currently on a better run, while OL remain on a 16-game scoring streak at home in the top-flight, with only Lorient (17) doing better.
For Jorge Sampaoli’s Les Phoceens, they are faring slightly better in fifth, but OM enter this match having won just one of their last four Ligue 1 away games. Historically, Marseille have also won only 26.7% of their games against Lyon in Ligue 1 (27/101), which is their lowest winning percentage against a team they have faced at least five times in the competition.
- Lyon (vs Rennes): Lopes; Dubois*, Boateng, Denayer, Emerson; Mendes, Caqueret, Guimaraes; Ekambi, Aouar, Paqueta.
- Marseille (vs Metz): Mandanda; Lirola, Saliba, Caleta-Car, Petroni; Under*, Guendouzi, Gerson, Kadewere; Payet, Milik.
Tino Kadewere will sit this one out as he continues to serve a suspension following his red card against Nice. Leo Dubois picked up an injury during the international break with France so could well miss out here, joining Moussa Dembele on the sidelines. For OM, Cengiz Under is likely to sit this one out with a back injury, while Boubacar Kamara returns from suspension.
Wesley Fofana: Marseille are my dream club
In an announcement that will spark excitement from OM fans, Leicester City’s burgeoning centre-back Wesley Fofana recently named Les Phoceens as his dream club, with the Marseille-born defender saying he has been a fan of the club since he was a child.
The 20-year-old listed the usual suspects as well, when giving his ideal destinations were he to leave Leicester, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, but it was Marseille who received the most love from Leicester convalescing centre-back.
“In the Premier League, Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City… but you have to work to achieve your dreams. Through work, you can succeed in it all.”
When quizzed on if, at some stage, he will play for boyhood club Marseille (where he was born), Fofana replaied: “I have been a Marseille fan since I was born.
“Marseille, it is a dream. We don’t know what is waiting for us in football.”
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