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Combined XI: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Olympique de Marseille

With a number of players out, who would make a combined XI for tonight's PSG v OM Le Classique?

There is an absolutely huge game in Paris on Sunday evening as Paris Saint-Germain in third take on Olympique de Marseille, who are the league leaders.

It is the most highly anticipated Le Classique derby for a number of years, with Marseille starting the game ahead of their fierce rivals, but PSG can move within one with a win on Sunday night.

Both sides are full with impressive players, which is just as well, as both have suspension problems going into Sunday’s match, but from the players that are fit, who would make a combined XI.

GK: Steve Mandanda – Both ‘keepers are at such a high level right now, but Mandanda is more important to how well Marseille play. His form has been superb this season.

LB: Benjamin Mendy – Given the licence to attack under Marcelo Bielsa, the young full-back has excellent this season. He is a constant source of wonderful crosses into the box and never stops running down the flank.

CB: Marquinhos – With Thiago Silva missing the early part of the season, and then David Luiz suffering from injuries. Marquinhos has been wonderfully superb, looking mature beyond his years. He is the future of the PSG defence.

CB: Nicolas N’Koulou – Has come alive again under Bielsa and he’s even scoring goals. Looking organised at the back and dominant when he team is under pressure.

RB: Serge Aurier – Close between the Ivorian and Brice Dja Djedje, but with Gregory van der Wiel out, the energy and drive of Aurier wins through. He is still at the start of his PSG career. Could become world class.

CM: Blaise Matuidi – Has been a significant part of the PSG midfield for a few years now and although this has not been his best season, he is still vital.

CM: Alaixys Romao – With Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti out, this was a tough decision, but he has been superb at the heart of Marseille’s midfield. He protects the defence and mops up the loose ends. No questions asked.

CM: Gianelli Imbula – One player who has sparked into life under Bielsa. He is the player driving OM forward. He has even added goals to his game this year. Looking like the excellent talent they signed from Guingamp, but better.

AM: Javier Pastore – After a few poor seasons, Pastore has finally bucked up his ideas and looks like a dangerous playmaker again. He has been one of PSG’s best players this season.

CF: Andre-Pierre Gignac – You can’t argue with a striker that has scored 10 goals in 12 games, the best ever start to a season for Gignac. He looks hungrier, leaner and willing to do all the running to help his team. Essential in this side.

CF: Edinson Cavani – With no guarantee that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is going to play, it had to be Cavani. Performances have improved and on Sunday he is trying to score his fifth goal in five games.

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