PSG vs Marseille | Match Info, Preview & Lineup


Preview of PSG vs Marseille, the 102nd Le Classique match takes place at the Parc des Princes between the two leading teams in Ligue 1 on Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain renew hostility with Marseille.
Mauricio Pochettino's men taught Clermont a football lesson in last time's 6-1 win, while the visitors have just secured their place in the semifinals of the Europa Conference League.
Forced to watch their Champions League rivals vie for a place in the top four from the comfort of their living room in midweek, PSG's domestic push has at least gathered momentum once again, with Mauricio Pochettino's men in ruthless form since the international break.
After putting five goals past Lorient earlier this month, Les Parisiens got the better of it by hitting Clermont for six at the Stade Gabriel-Montpied, and their illustrious forward three stole the show, as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both bagged the treble while Lionel Messi has three assists over his name.
Messi's lack of goals in his debut Ligue 1 season is somewhat worrying, but the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is in his own category after registering three assists in France's top flight for the second time this season. , and Pochettino's triumvirate of legendary strikers are finally starting to come together.
With just seven games left to play in the 2021-22 season, a 12-point gap separates selected champions PSG from their closest challengers Marseille, and so Pochettino's side can take a big step towards reclaiming what is rightfully theirs with a win in Sunday's clash. .
Away appearances aren't always there for PSG, but the leaders have collected a staggering 16 wins from their last 17 home games in the league – including each of their last seven – and jet lag could take a toll for PSG. their Classique rivals, who will somehow attempt to hand PSG their first home league defeat of the season.
Preview: PSG vs. Marseille – Preview, team news, line-up
Opting to rest perennial veteran Dimitri Payet for the European Conference League pays dividends for Jorge Sampaoli and Marseille, who were yet to end the season with a piece of European silverware to their name after beating Greek outfit PAOK in the quarter-finals.
Boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg at Orange Velodrome, Marseille made the 2000km trip to Greece worthwhile as Payet's 14th goal of the season in all competitions sealed their place in the top four, with Dutch giants Feyenoord eagerly awaiting their arrival.
Victory over PAOK on Thursday night was the eighth straight win in all competitions for this attractive Marseille side, who have refused to let their European commitments get in the way of their podium push and anticipate a return to Europe's top flight in the Champions League.
The gap with PSG may be too steep to make up, but second-placed Marseille's destiny is in their own hands as they are three points clear of third-placed Rennes and seven points ahead of Strasbourg, and kept clean sheets in succession. would be welcome after they failed to record a single stroke in the first six games of their winning streak.
Les Olympiens have been a force to be reckoned with on the road since the autumn months and have picked up 33 points from a possible 45 at home to rivals in Ligue 1 – the best record in the entire division – but only one of their last 24 Classique Derby with PSG has ended in victory.
The PSG treatment room suddenly filled up again, with Leandro Paredes and Julian Draxler set to spend the remainder of the season following surgery, and they were accompanied by Ander Herrera, Ismael Gharbi, Layvin Kurzawa and Abdou Diallo in the medical room.
On a positive note, Angel Di Maria and Keylor Navas have both returned to training to strengthen Pochettino's options, while Marquinhos was rested for the win over Clermont but is expected to return to the back line here.
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