With the first Clasico of the season just around the corner on October 7, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille have been drawn against each other in the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue in a gift to French football fans.
The clash will take place just three weeks after their upcoming meeting but this time at the Parc des Princes with PSG being granted home advantage. There are usually only two Clasicos per season, but this season has an ace up its sleeve and the country's biggest grudge match is set for a third instalment - really putting Carlo Ancelotti's desire for domestic success to the test.
Winners of the competition for the last three consecutive seasons, Marseille have their work cut out this year as they travel to their mega rich arch-rivals to fight it out for a place in the quarter-finals when the round of 16 takes place on October 30 and 31. Les Phoceens are in superb form so far this season, winning their first six games to stay ahead of PSG in the early season Ligue 1 table. That could have all changed by the time the two teams face off at the Parc des Princes though...
It will be a shame that Joey Barton - a self-proclaimed PSG fan from his childhood - won't be there to face the cauldron of noise as his domestic ban from England will keep him out of action until November. However, the OM players won't go into the match without supporters this time. A recent statute passed allows 400 of each team's supporters to attend the match at their rivals' stadium so the stakes will be high when Marseille come to town.