Competition: Ligue 1 Date: Sunday 18th September 2016 Venue: Stade Velodrome Kick-Off: 19:45 BST
Marseille remain without Lassana Diarra, Romain Alessandrini and Abou Diaby due to injury but Rod Fanni and Remy Cabella are available.
Clinton N’Jie played 22 minutes in the derby against Nice last time out and could be awarded more playing time here.
With Lyon without Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir, the club brought Jean-Philippe Mateta this week and are now considering signing free-agent Emmanuel Adebayor.
Maxwel Cornet will continue in attack for this one though, though Maxime Gonalons and Emmanuel Mammana miss out through suspension.
Marseille’s preparation for one of the most important games of the season hasn’t been great, as they lost late on against Nice last weekend following an error from goalkeeper Yohann Pele. In front of their new owner, the hosts will hope for an improve display- especially as the Stade Velodrome crowd is known to be quite toxic.
After back-to-back defeats in Ligue 1, Lyon got their Champions League campaign off to the best possible start with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb. Without a host of key-players, they would probably accept a point from their Le Classique clash this weekend.
With away fans forbidden to travel to the Stade Velodrome due to security issues, Lyon may lack the push to secure victory. However, Marseille’s defence has been porous this season and goals should be expected at both ends of the field.
Pele, Sakai, Hubocan, Doria, Rekik, Anguissa, Vainqueur, Thauvin, Iseka, Sarr, Gomis
Lopes, Yanga-Mbiwa, N’Koulou, Morel, Rafael, Ferri, Tousart, Darder, Rybus, Tolisso, Cornet
The last three Le Classique encounters in all competitions have finished level.
Marseille have not conceded a goal in their last three home matches.
Lyon are undefeated in 13 of the last 14 clashes with Marseille.
Marseille are on a five-match unbeaten run at the Stade Velodrome.