Paris Saint Germain travel to the south of France for the last game of weekend in Ligue 1 to face rivals Marseille in the fixture nicknamed ‘Le Classique’ in France. With wins already recorded for title challengers Monaco and Nice, it’s crucial that PSG come away with an win and nothing less!
2017 has had it’s high and low points so far from PSG perspective. A 4-0 demolition of Barcelona could only be followed up with a flat, underwhelming goalless draw with Toulouse a week ago. Therefore a positive response is pivotal if PSG have any chance of retaining their title come May.
“It’s an important match. We have to play well, do our best, because a big club like Paris has to put in a great performance in a Classico”
Unai Emery prior to the clash
Although not geographically close cities, there is a lot more to clash between Paris Saint Germain and Marseille that may meet the eye. The rivalry has many different levels that it is no surprise it’s called Le Classique. The North v the South; The Upper Class v Lower Class; Elite against the Labour. Not to mention these are the only two teams in French football to have won a European trophy.
Derby day back in October was a bitter disappointment for both sides involved. However it is unlikely that it will be dull this time around with a lot at stake for both teams. PSG know they must win to stay in touch with Monaco and a defeat for Marseille will see the hosts fall further behind in their quest for European football. So there is certainly an extra edge to this derby which will be spectacular for the spectators on Sunday evening.
PSG have some big names back in with contention to start, including Angel Di Maria who was a huge miss for Paris last weekend. Thiago Motta, however, is out of the squad with injury along with Maxwell, Krychowiak and Lo Celso. As a result, it’s likely Emery will name a similar side that played Barcelona off the pitch with Di Maria coming back in, Meunier starting ahead of Aurier and Rabiot keeping his place in midfield.
Predicted Starting XI
(4-3-3) Trapp; Meunier, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi; Di Maria, Cavani, Draxler
Subs: Areola, Kimpembe, Aurier, Pastore, Ben Arfa, Lucas, Guedes
Marseille 1-2 PSG