Saint-Etienne v Olympique de Marseille - Combined XI

St Etienne

Sunday night's big game in France sees two side battling for a place in Europe meet in what should be an excellent and tense affair.

Two of the most successful sides in France meet this Sunday in what could be a massive game in the hunt for the third Champions League place this season.

Both sides' form has been a little erratic of late and three points for either side at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard could be vital as they look to catch Lille in third.

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has been heavily linked with a move to Marseille in the summer, the former defender was born in the city and had two spells with OM in the 80's and 90's, so who would make it into a combined XI from his former and current side.

Goalkeeper: Stephane Ruffier (ASSE)

Has had his ups and downs this season, but has always remained an excellent shot-stopper. Edges out Steve Mandanda over the performances this campaign.

Right Back: Francois Clerc (ASSE)

Always a consistently high performer, defends well and breaks forward when he can. Underrated player in Ligue 1.

Centre Back: Nicolas N’Koulou (OM)

Not been his best season, but still has bags of potential and can defend against the best. When on form there are few better, needs to find his consistency again.

Centre Back: Kurt Zouma (ASSE)

The future Chelsea defender has made an excellent return after his 10-game ban. Now his future is settled he can enjoy the rest of his season, maturing with every game.

Left Back: Benjamin Mendy (OM)

An exciting player to watch and one who splits opinions. Needs to become a better defender, but going forward he is full of drive, energy and can deliver a dangerous cross.

Central Midfield: Alaixys Romao (OM)

One of Marseille’s unsung heroes. Does all the dirty midfield work, always a difficult opponent, always gives 100%.

Central Midfield: Fabien Lemoine (ASSE)

Makes it into his team for his consistency, his excellent range of passing and the creativity he brings without relinquishing anything on the defensive side.

Right Midfield: Florian Thauvin (OM)

After a rocky start he is enjoying another excellent season in Ligue 1, should be in contention to make the World Cup squad if he finishes the season as well as he has played in the last few months. Bags of talent on the ball, a great player in the making.

Left Midfield: Romain Hamouma (ASSE)

Easily Saint-Etienne’s best player this season. Has added goals to his creative play and his positioning and reading of the game is excellent.

Attacking Midfield: Benjamin Corgnet (ASSE)

Superb players to watch, not a traditional Number 10, but he makes room for himself, finds space to get off shots, deadly outside the area and a great presence in the midfield.

Centre Forward: Andre-Pierre Gignac (OM)

This man is on absolute fire at the moment, with 11 goals in 11 games, no one can touch him right now. His play will be vital if Marseille go on to qualify for Europe this season.

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