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  • September 13, 2011
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  • • Stadio Georgios Karaiskáki, Pireás (Piraeus)
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Champions League Preview: Olympiakos - Marseille

Champions League Preview: Olympiakos - Marseille

The Ligue 1 giants face the Greek champions on matchday one of the Champions League on Tuesday. Goal.com previews the Group F encounter


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Olympiakos (4-2-3-1): Costanzo; Modesto, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano; Feisa, Makoun; Fuster, Yeste, Fetfatzidis; Mirallas

Olympiakos Piraeus


Olympiakos coach Ernesto Valverde has a fully fit squad to choose from after the club's delay in commencing their league campaign. A lack of competitive action may count against the Greeks, but so too may the departure of Albert Riera to Galatasaray amongst others.

Olympique de Marseille (4-3-3): Mandanda; Morel, Diawara, Fanni, Azpilicueta; Lucho Gonzalez, Diarra, Cheyrou; Amalfitano, Gignac, Remy

Marseille



Marseille boss Didier Deschamps is likely to be without the services of Mathieu Valbuena for the trip to Athens on Tuesday. The dimunitive winger looked to have pulled a hamstring almost half an hour in to the 1-0 defeat against Rennes on Saturday.

Also sidelined is Andre Ayew, who picked up a groin injury whilst away on international duty with Ghana. Initially out for 10 days, the midfielder could well still make the bench. Stephane Mbia continues his rehabilitation from a broken foot.

Jeremy Morel and Morgan Amalfitano, both summer signings from Lorient, are in line to make their Champions League, and, indeed, European debuts for Marseille.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Olympiakos qualified for the group stages of the Uefa Champions League by winning the Greek Superliga in 2010-11.
  • The Kikkoni are yet to play a competitive game this season due to the ongoing match scandal in Greece.
  • The Greeks have lost their last three home games against French opponents.
  • Olympiakos were last in the group stages in 2009-10. That season, they won all their home games and reached the last 16 before being eliminated by Ligue 1 side Bordeaux.
  • Marseille qualified for the group stages for the Champions League by finishing second in Ligue 1. This is their fifth straight participation - a club record.
  • L'OM were, and still are, the first and only side from France to lift the Uefa Champions League after winning the inaugural edition in 1993.
  • Didier Deschamps' men have recorded the competition's biggest win in each of the last two seasons. In 2009-10 they thrashed Zurich 6-1, whilst setting a new record by dismantling Zilina 7-0 in Slovakia last year.
  • Marseille exited last year's competition at the hands of runners-up Manchester United. A 0-0 draw at the Stade Velodrome was followed by a 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
  • The two sides last met in the 1994-95 Uefa Cup first round, OM running out 5-1 aggregate winners against Olympiakos.

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Available Squads
-Franco CostanzoGoalkeeper
-François ModestoDefender
4Olof MellbergDefender
14Jose HolebasDefender
35Vasilis TorosidisDefender
-Avraam PapadopoulosDefender
5Ljubomir FejsaMidfielder
19David FusterMidfielder
22Djamel AbdounMidfielder
-Francisco YesteMidfielder
11Kevin MirallasStriker
42Balasz MegyeriGoalkeeper
-MarcanoDefender
-A. IbagazaMidfielder
-OrbaizMidfielder
17Jean II MakounMidfielder
9Marko PantelicStriker
-Rafik Zoheir DjebbourStriker
30Steve MandandaGoalkeeper
28César AzpilicuetaDefender
3N. N'KoulouDefender
18Djimi TraoreDefender
15Jérémy MorelDefender
21Souleymane DiawaraDefender
23Alou DiarraMidfielder
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
7Benoît CheyrouMidfielder
18Morgan AmalfitanoMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
1Gennaro BraciglianoGoalkeeper
24Rod FanniDefender
26Jean-Philippe SaboDefender
-Charles KaboréMidfielder
28Mathieu ValbuenaMidfielder
15Jordan AyewStriker
25Billel OmraniStriker
Players to Watch
Kevin Mirallas
Kevin Mirallas
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 23 year old Belgian international will be the hosts' best chance for a goal on Tuesday evening. Mirallas, who can operate as a second striker and also as an attacking midfielder played for OM's rivals Lille between 2004-08. He also scored 14 goals last season for the Greeks.
André Pierre Gignac
André Pierre Gignac
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Andre-Pierre Gignac might've seen a deadline day move to Fulham collapse, but the French international kept his promise and performed admirably in their weekend defeat to Rennes. The 25-year old is back in the side after injuries to Andre Ayew and Mathieu Valbuena and will be looking to add to his European goal tally. Gignac notched a hat-trick in last season's Champions League encounter in Marseille's record breaking 7-0 win over Zilina.
Prediction
After OM's disappointing start to the season, it will be difficult to see them put in a convincing performance. One plus for the French side will be the lack of competitive action enjoyed by the Greeks. A narrow win for Marseille looks likely, but so too does the possibility of a draw. Close game in prospect.
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