Lyon welcome Marseille for the Choc des Olympiques derby on Sunday. Who will feature and who will triumph in this classic French showdown?
Derby bragging rights are at stake in Sunday night’s Choc des Olympiques in Ligue 1, as Marseille travel to the Groupama Stadium to face-off with Lyon.
Peter Bosz’s side were thrashed 4-1 by Rennes before the international break, while Marseille were held to a 0-0 draw by Metz.
Les Olympiens currently occupy 4th position in the French top-flight, with 23 points from 13 games, so far. The home side are in 8th, with 19 points.
Lyon’s Zimbabwean forward, Tino Kadewere, will serve the third and final game of his suspension, following his red card against Nice. Meanwhile, Moussa Dembélé is still struggling with a calf problem.
Léo Dubois’ hamstring issue is also set to keep him out of this derby encounter, with the right-back picking up the knock during France’s World Cup Qualifying win over Finland. Therefore, the 18-year-old Malo Gusto could take his place.
Xherdan Shaqiri and Rayan Cherki will both hope to come into contention for starts, after their side’s implosion at Rennes, but Jason Denayer and Jérôme Boateng are likely to lose their places in defence.
Marseille defender, Leonardo Balerdi, is suspended for the derby due to an accumulation of yellow cards, but Boubacar Kamara is back from his own ban.
Veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda was selected by manager, Jorge Sampaoli, over Pau López for the draw with Metz and will hope to keep his place after that clean sheet. However, Cengiz Ünder is set to miss out on the wing with a back issue.
Konrad de la Fuente and Bamba Dieng are pushing for more game-time amid their side’s attacking troubles, but it’s difficult to imagine the latter replacing Arkadiusz Milik in the striker’s role.
We can imagine the home side being triumphant in a tight contest. We predict a 1-0 win for Lyon, with Les Gones finding the net in the second half.