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UEFA Champions League

  • 19 October 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)
  • Referee: B. Nijhuis
  • • Attendance: 29638

Olympiakos - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Group strugglers set to face off in Greece

Olympiakos - Borussia Dortmund Preview: Group strugglers set to face off in Greece

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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



Modesto, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Holebas
Orbaiz, Makoun
Mirallas, Ibagaza, Abdoun
Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe
Bender, Gundogan
Grosskreutz, Gotze, Perisic
Dortmund's Patrick Owomoyela sustained a groin strain on Friday and will be missing, although Lukas Piszczek will be available to take over for the veteran in his usual post at right-back. Marcel Schmelzer faces a race to be fit, but Chris Lowe is tipped to get the nod in his stead. The availability of Lucas Barrios, meanwhile, remains in question after the striker picked up a minor calf injury.

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.

  • 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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Available Squads
-Franco CostanzoGoalkeeper
-François ModestoDefender
-Olof MellbergDefender
20Jose HolebasDefender
21Avraam PapadopoulosDefender
7Ariel Miguel IbagazaMidfielder
17Jean II MakounMidfielder
-Rafik Zoheir DjebbourStriker
11Kevin MirallasStriker
42Balasz MegyeriGoalkeeper
6Tassos PapazoglouDefender
92Giannis PotouridisDefender
2Giannis ManiatisDefender
18Loannis FetfatzidisMidfielder
22Djamel AbdounMidfielder
9Marko PantelicStriker
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
4Neven SuboticDefender
15Mats HummelsDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
29Marcel SchmelzerDefender
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
6Sven BenderMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
26Shinji KagawaMidfielder
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
24Chris LöweDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
8Moritz LeitnerMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
Players to Watch
Avraam Papadopoulos
Avraam Papadopoulos
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Mario Götze
Mario Götze
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 19
Games Goals YC RC
11 3 0 0
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.
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