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Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais prepare for Sunday’s heavyweight Ligue 1 Conforama showdown with their respective Coupe de la Ligue Round of 16 ties on Wednesday.

Yohann Pelé will be in goal for Marseille in Brittany with Steve Mandanda rested, joining the suspended Dimitri Payet in staying at home. With Sunday’s Ligue 1 Conforama clash with fellow podium pretenders Olympique Lyonnais looming, the key trio of Florian Thauvin, Adil Rami and Luiz Gustavo may also not feature for the full 90 minutes even if boss Rudi Garcia is determined his side will seek to avenge September’s 3-1 loss at home to Rennes, their last domestic defeat.

“We gave them two big gifts in the opening minutes. They led 2-0, and we weren’t able to turn it around,” he said. “That defeat served as a lesson.”




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