Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille face each other at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in a postponed Ligue 1 derby. Les Gones are not enjoying a season to remember, but they have been showing signs of improvement of late. Lyon head into the match following back-to-back wins over Troyes and St. Etienne, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the midweek game. Damien Da Silva serves a one-game ban, while both Lucas Paqueta and Karl Toko Ekambi are on international duty.
The good news for the hosts is that Algeria international Islam Slimani is back to contention. OM, on the other hand, booked their place in the French Cup quarter-finals by beating Montpellier on penalties at the weekend. Jorge Sampaoli’s men, though, will have a much bigger fish to fry against Lyon, who have found their form of late. All Pape Gueye, Ahmadou Bamba Dieng, and Gerson are on international duty, while Konrad de la Fuente misses out with injury.
Highlighted Player (Jerome Boateng):
After spending the 2010/2011 season at Manchester City, Jerome Boateng moved to Bayern Munich on 14 July, 2011. The 192-cm-tall defender joined the Bundesliga giants for a fee of €13.5 million and he has been playing for the Bavarians ever since. Despite the fact that his father is Ghanaian, Boateng decided to represent Germany on the international stage.
He has 15 caps for Germany U21 and represented Germany national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Bayern Munich defender produced a thrilling performance in the title game, preventing Argentine star Leo Messi from scoring. Boateng won the World Cup trophy with German and it has to be noted that he clinched his fourth Bundesliga title with Bayern Munich in the 2015/2016 season.
In 2013 he helped the mighty Bavarians win the Champions League trophy. Unlike Jerome, his older brother Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for the Ghanaian national team. The Bayern Munich defender has a contract with the Allianz Arena outfit which expires on 30 June, 2012.
Highlighted Team (Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown.
It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394.
The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.