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  • December 6, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: H. Webb
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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Olympique de Marseille

Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund - Olympique de Marseille

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Goal.com looks forward to the Signal Iduna Park clash with the hosts needing a convincing victory if they are to stand any chance of qualification for the last 16


PROBABLE LINEUPS
BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Borussia Dortmund
Weidenfeller
Piszczek, F. Santana, Hummels, Lowe
Kehl, Gundogan
Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz
Lewandowski
MARSEILLE
  Marseille
Mandanda
Azpilicueta, Nkoulou, Diawara, Traore
Diarra, Mbia
Amalfitano, Valbuena, A. Ayew
J. Ayew

Jurgen Klopp is set to make one change from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach. Marcel Schmelzer misses out through suspension, with Chris Lowe set to step in. Moritz Leitner remains a doubt with a knock, with Sven Bender a long-term absentee in the same position. Neven Subotic will also miss the clash as he continues his recovery from a facial injury.

Injuries to Loic Remy and Andre Pierre Gignac mean that Didier Deschamps will continue with Jordan Ayew at the pinnacle of the team. Meanwhile, after starting Friday's game with Caen on the bench, Mathieu Valbuena is set to return to the first XI for the crunch Champions League clash. Rod Fanni remains sidelined with a broken toe.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Marseille boss Didier Deschamps was in the Juventus team that was beaten 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund in the 1997 Champions League final.
  • The German champions are unbeaten in their last six home games against French opposition.
  • Dortmund must win by four goals to qualify for the next round and hope that Olympiakos lose to Arsenal.
  • Marseille has conceded just two goals in the Champions League this season - the joint fewest along with Real Madrid.
  • Jordan Ayew's 52nd minute strike against Caen was just the second away goal of his career.
  • This is Marseille's first trip to Germany since a 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen in the 1998-1999 UEFA Cup.

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Available Squads
1Roman WeidenfellerGoalkeeper
15Mats HummelsDefender
24Chris LöweDefender
26Lukasz PiszczekDefender
5Felipe SantanaDefender
5Sebastian KehlMidfielder
19Mario GötzeMidfielder
16Jakub BlaszczykowskiMidfielder
8Ilkay GündoganMidfielder
7Robert LewandowskiStriker
19L. BarriosStriker
20Mitchell LangerakGoalkeeper
25Patrick OwomoyelaDefender
8Antônio da SilvaMidfielder
19Kevin GroßkreutzMidfielder
9Ivan PerisicMidfielder
35Mohamed ZidanStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
18Djimi TraoreDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
17Stéphane M'BiaMidfielder
18Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
10André AyewStriker
1Gennaro BraciglianoGoalkeeper
26Jean-Philippe SaboDefender
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
15Jordan AyewStriker
25Billel OmraniStriker

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