Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to continue their near-flawless start to the Ligue 1 season when they travel to rivals Marseille on Sunday night.
Meetings between the pair have boiled over in the past and things should be hotly contested again in Le Classique this weekend. The hosts will be desperate for a victory, as a PSG win could move them a staggering 12 points clear at the top of the table after just 11 games.
Here is everything to know ahead of the contest…
What time is kick off? Sunday 24 October, 19:40 (BST)
Where is it being played? Orange Velodrome
TV channel? BT Sport (UK), beIN SPORTS (US)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube Channel
Referee? Benoit Bastien
VAR? Willy Delajod
Marseille team news
Jorge Sampaoli has a clean bill of health going into this one after his only previous absentee, Amine Harit, returned to the fold last time out.
As a result, competition for places is fierce, with only a handful of players guaranteed to retain their starting spots from last weekend’s 4-1 victory over Lorient.
Will Sergio Ramos ever make his PSG debut? There had been hopes that he would return in time for this one, but that now seems highly unlikely. He will join Leandro Paredes in the stands.
Elsewhere, Mauro Icardi has sat out recently due to his much-publicised off-field problems but should return, as may Neymar who sat out against RB Leipzig on Tuesday evening.
Marseille vs PSG predicted lineups
Marseille: Lopez; Saliba, Caleta-Car, Peres; Lirola, Kamara, Guendouzi, De la Fuente; Gerson, Payet; Milik
PSG: Donnarumma; Hakimi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Mendes; Herrera, Verratti, Gueye; Di Maria, Mbappe, Messi
The biggest fixture in French football has been played 96 times previously in all competitions. Historically, PSG have the edge with 42 wins to their opponents’ 33, while 20 have ended in draws.
Since their Qatar-backed takeover, Les Parisiens have unsurprisingly asserted their dominance, winning seven of the last ten meetings while their opponents have tasted victory just once.
Their is always a feisty atmosphere at the game and this often spills down to the pitch. 14 September 2020 will always be remembered for this reason with an incredible five players seeing red in second-half stoppage time during Marseille’s 1-0 win.
Marseille vs PSG score prediction
Recent history suggests that PSG should ease to victory in Le Classique, even if they will be playing in a hostile atmosphere – and this is the only way we can see the game going.
They may not have quite clicked in Europe yet, despite their impressive results, but in domestic action PSG have found it a doddle so far.
Even if Neymar does not make it back in time, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will have more than enough in reserve to get the job done on Sunday night.
Prediction: Marseille 1-3 PSG
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