It is a special time of the year for the fans of Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille as PSG will host Marseille twice in three days with a combination of Ligue 1 and Coupe de France quarterfinal action.
PSG has an opportunity to distance themselves as the Ligue 1 leaders, already 13 points clear. The statistics are in their favor as Paris has gone 15 matches without defeat (12 wins and 3 draws in all competitions) against Marseille.
Unfortunately for Marseille, Paris has had 13 successive Ligue 1 home wins, setting a top-flight club record. Across all competitions they have won 17 matches which ties another club record from 1983.
However, Paris cannot take this game lightly as Marseille is creating its own history having picked up 55 points in 26 games for the 2017/18 season, which is their best run since the 90s.
Marseille’s no. 28 Valere Germain has been involved in a goal every 86 minutes across all competitions in 2018. Florian Thauvin has been in sensational form as well, being directly involved with 10 goals (7 goals, 3 assists).
PSG has their work cut out for them if they want to continue their streak at the Parc des Princes two times in a row.
We are all waiting to see if Marseille will be able to keep Neymar quiet. Neymar has had his hand in 31 Ligue 1 goals this season, (19 goals, 12 assists) matching his career best for a season in Europe that was set in 2015-16.
Marseille also needs to be on the lookout for Angel Di Maria if he starts, because he has been involved in 16 goals in all competitions in 2018 (10 goals, 6 assists). Only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero can match.
Edinson Cavani has continued to be world class after recently breaking the all-time goal-scoring record at the Parc des Princes with 86 goals.
I am positive that Paris is eager to redeem themselves after their first leg loss of 3-1 in Madrid and from their draw to Marseille earlier in the season.
The last game was quite the spectacle as tensions were high with Neymar getting sent off while PSG were down a point. Cavani then came to the rescue saving the first team with a game ending beauty of a free kick.
Le Classique is something special so ambitions and tenacity will be at all time highs. This game will serve as great practice for the second leg against Real Madrid for the round of 16 for PSG and if they are to win, will serve as a great confidence boost.
Le Classique’s main referee will be Benoit Bastien. Assistant referees will be Frederic Haquette & Philippe Jeanne and the fourth official is Johan Hamel.
I cannot wait for this matchup! Who else is excited? Comment below.