Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when Lyon and Marseille square off against each other in the Ligue 1 derby on Sunday evening. Les Gones are not enjoying a season to remember, but their fine form in April is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Marseille. Lyon are after their fourth consecutive league win, but they will have to do it without suspended midfielder Sael Kumbedi. All Amin Sarr, Malo Gusto, and Mohamed El Arouch remain in the treatment room. As always, returnee Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for the hosts.
Meanwhile, OM are eager to represent France in the Champions League for yet another season, and given their attacking potential, we believe that both teams to score betting option should be considered. With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Igor Tudor is unlikely to make changes to the team that outplayed Troyes (3-1) at the weekend. Marseille midfielder Azzedine Ounahi misses Choc des Olympiques with a broken toe.
Highlighted Player (Alexandre Lacazette):
Alexandre Lacazette is a hometown boy of Lyon, a powerful striker who went through the youth ranks of the French side to become one of the most important players for Les Gones. The 25-year-old forward was also a member of all France national team selections becoming a European champion at the age of 19 by scoring the winner in the final against Spain.
This goal gave him a reputation of a big game player, one he went on to uphold on various occasions at his club. Lacazette is a hard working forward an accomplished finisher of the ball able to score from different positions. The most prolific striker in his side and among the top ones in the Ligue 1, Alexandre Lacazette scored more than 20 league goals last two seasons on a trot.
Constantly linked with a move away from Lyon, Alexandre Lacazette refuses to speak about anything other than his football and is leaving all the talk to the football pitch.
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.