This is our Marseille v Paris St Germain Preview for this weekends match.

The weekend clash between Marseille and PSG brings together two of the top three sides in La Ligue. PSG trail Monaco on goal difference with Marseille just a point behind them after eight matches. Recent history between the two sides also suggests that this could be a closely fought encounter with five victories apiece and two draws in their last twelve meetings.

Recent Form

A goal from Paris St Germain’s Marquinhos helped secure a second home victory of the season for Laurent Blanc’s side in a 2-0 victory over Toulouse at the Parc des Princes. A very subdued opening period sparked into life when Marquinhos needed two attempts to beat Ahamada after getting on the end of a free-kick from Thiago Motta.

Toulouse would have levelled the match but for a goal-line clearance from Marco Verratti but Edinson Cavani sealed the win with a second-half penalty after coming on as a substitute. Cavani was involved in the penalty incident with the decision going against Uros Spajic and the Uruguayan sent Ahamada the wrong way from the spot. Toulouse thought that they had reduced the deficit in stoppage time only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

It was a third goal of the season for Cavani who could be a key figure in Sunday’s game. The Champions remain undefeated but have been held to three draws. It was Cavani who got the vital goal at Valenciennes and he is starting to show signs of the form that attracted a lot of interest from English Premiership sides through the summer.

A superb free-kick from Mathieu Valbuena on his 28th birthday and a well taken goal by Andre Ayew gave Marseille an impressive 2-0 win over Lorient at the Stade du Moustoir. The victory was the third on the road for Marseille this season who will now try to end PSG’s unbeaten run.

Head To Head

Marseille have won ten, drawn five and lost 5 of their home match ups with PSG. The last Paris victory came in 2008.

Other Considerations

Both teams go into this important fixture on the back of midweek Champions League fixtures, Marseille travelling to Borussia Dortmund and PSG hosting Benfica. Cavani was also among the scorers in PSG’s opening Champions League fixture, a thumping 4-1 win at Olympiakos. Marseille suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Arsenal in what is undoubtedly one of the toughest groups in the competition.

Conclusion

With plenty at stake on Sunday, a tense tactical battle could be on the cards. Marseille will have to contain the attacking threat of Cavani and Ibrahimovic and hope to carve out a goal scoring opportunity of their own. However, given their attacking strength, a Paris victory looks very likely.