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UEFA Champions League

  • 28 March 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 31683

Olympique de Marseille - Bayern Munich Preview: Ribery gears up for emotional return to Stade Velodrome

The French team's fairytale in the Champions League continues as they welcome back their former player for their quarter final first-leg clash in Europe's elite tournament



 Azpilicueta, M'Bia, N'Koulou, Morel
 Diarra, Cheyrou, Amalfitano
 Valbuena, Brandao, A. Ayew


Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba
 Luiz Gustavo, Kroos
Robben, M
üller, Ribery

Olympique de Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is facing some serious selection troubles ahead of the clash with Bayern Munich as a number of key players are either injured or suspended.

Steve Mandanda, who picked up a red card in the second leg of the round of 16 tie with Inter, will be replaced in goal by Gennaro Bracigliano. Souleymane Diawara, who is also suspended for the game against Bayern, is likely to be replaced by Stephane M'Bia in the heart of the defence.

Marseille are 18/1 with 188Bet to beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.

In the final third, Olympique de Marseille will probably have to do without the service of Loic Remy, who is still recuperating from an injury and is rated doubtful for the clash at Stade Velodrome. Striker Brandao, who netted against Inter earlier this month, is expected to deputise for the France international.

Bayern Munich vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger could recover from his leg injury in time for the fixture, but is likely to start on the bench.

Toni Kroos, who delivered an impressive performance in the 2-1 win against Hannover last Saturday, is likely to be pushed back to the double pivot, at the expense of Danijel Pranjic, in order to make room for the returning Thomas Müller.

Ex-Olympique de Marseille man Daniel Van Buyten is certain to miss out on a reunion with his former club, unlike Franck Ribery who is set to start against the side he represented for two years between 2005 and 2007.

  • Olympique de Marseille have lost nine of their last 19 games at Stade Velodrome in the Champions League, drawing on three occasions. 
  • Midfielder Alou Diarra played for Bayern Munich's reserve side between 2000 and 2002, amassing 41 games. 
  • Olympique de Marseille have won their last two knockout ties against German opposition.
  • Bayern Munich have never played against Les Phoceens in an official game.
  • The Bavarians have won three of their last four two-legged ties with French opposition.
  • Daniel Van Buyten and Franck Ribery played for Olympique de Marseille in the past. In addition, Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer had a coaching stint with the French side in 1990/91.

Players to watch

M. Valbuena

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Arguably Marseille's most creative player, Les Phoceens could greatly benefit from a top performance from the winger. His blistering pace and sheer skill on the ball can potentially unlock any defence.

F. Ribéry

Position: Midfielder

Games: 6

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All eyes will be on the Frenchman, who returns to Stade Velodrome after a nearly five-year absence. Ribery's creativity and dribbling could prove crucial as Bayern Munich aim for an away goal.

Editor's Prediction

Olympique de Marseille have been in awful form in recent times, but are sure to give their all against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. However, with some crucial players out for game at Stade Velodrome for Les Phoceens, and with the Bavarians firing on all cylinders recently, one can see Jupp Heynckes' men edging the first leg.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Olympique de Marseille OM
Olympique de Marseille Olympique Marseille
FC Bayern München FCB
FC Bayern München Bayern München

Top 3 Predictions

Olympique de Marseille OM
0 - 2
FC Bayern München FCB
Olympique de Marseille OM
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Olympique de Marseille OM
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FC Bayern München FCB