Olympiakos - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Group strugglers set to face off in Greece
The German and Greek champions go head-to-head in Piraeus, with both desperately in need of a win to keep their knockout round hopes alive
By Clark Whitney
Modesto, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Holebas
Mirallas, Ibagaza, Abdoun
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe
Grosskreutz, Gotze, Perisic
Jurgen Klopp will have a selection headache as he decides on a number of positions. Any two of Shinji Kagawa, Kevin Grosskreutz, and Ivan Perisic could start along with Mario Gotze in attack, while either Ilkay Gundogan or Sebastian Kehl will be chosen to partner Sven Bender in defensive midfield.
For the hosts, David Fuster will be missing after fracturing a rib on Saturday. He will join fellow absentee Fran Yeste in the stands. There are also question marks over the availability of Ljubomir Fejsa, Vasilis Torosidis, and Giannis Fetfatzidis, who have all had injuries in recent weeks.
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- Olympiakos are in a five-way tie for first place in the Greek Super League, with 10 points from four matches.
- Marko Pantelic is the Greek outfit's most prolific scorer in Uefa club competitions, having scored 14 goals in 39 appearances.
- Tuesday's hosts have not kept a clean sheet in six matches in all competitions this season.
- Dortmund's worst-ever Champions League defeat came in their most recent match, a 3-0 loss to Marseille.
- BVB have not won a Champions League match since October 30, 2002, when they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion.
- The German champions have never faced Greek opposition in Uefa club competition.
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Top 3 Predictions
Olympiakos 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 20.19 %
Olympiakos 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
- 18.68 %
Olympiakos 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
- 11.54 %
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||1 Nov 2011||Borussia Dortmund 1 - Olympiakos 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||19 Oct 2011||Olympiakos 3 - Borussia Dortmund 1|
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|15 Dec 2013||Aris Thessaloniki 0 - Olympiakos 2||GRE1|
|10 Dec 2013||Olympiakos 3 - Anderlecht 1||UCL|
|7 Dec 2013||Olympiakos 2 - Asteras Tripolis 0||GRE1|
|1 Dec 2013||Olympiakos 3 - Ergotelis 0||GRE1|
|7||Ariel Miguel Ibagaza||Midfielder|
|17||Jean II Makoun||Midfielder|
|10||Rafik Zoheir Djebbour||Striker|
The 26-year-old was a lynchpin in the heart of Greece's defence during Euro 2012 qualifiers, and as vice-captain, he will look to lead by example as his side try to keep a clean sheet.
The young playmaker has looked bright in the Champions League as a winger, and is expected to be deployed in a more direct, central position against Olympiacos, a role he will relish.
It's do-or-die for both teams entering matchday three, and although the Greeks will have the advantage of playing on their own home soil, Dortmund are expected to find their scoring touch at long last and take thier first victory of the Champions League.