Our prediction for this Ligue 1 match:
There will be fireworks when PSG and Olympique Marseille square off against each other at Parc des Princes in the Ligue 1 derby on Sunday. Les Parisiens aim to build on back-to-back wins over Lorient and Clermont, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Neymar and Mbappe impressed in the crushing of Clermont, with each of the two superstars scoring a hat-trick, and, no doubt, the duo will pose a big threat to the OM defenders as well. With Leo Messi assisting for fun of late, home win should definitely be considered.
Marquinhos returns to the starting XI after he was rested at the weekend, while the likes of Paredes, Diallo, Draxler, Herrera, Di Maria, Kurzawa, and Keylor Navas should miss out with injuries. Marseille, on the other hand, head into the match following the Conference League clash with PAOK, which is yet another reason why we are going to put our money on the league leaders. All Konrad de la Fuente, Arkadiusz Milik, and Leonardo Balerdi are injured for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Lionel Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realized his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment.
Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015).
In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
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.