The Ligue 1 giants face the Greek champions on matchday one of the Champions League on Tuesday. Goal.com previews the Group F encounter
|Olympiakos (4-2-3-1): Costanzo; Modesto, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Marcano; Feisa, Makoun; Fuster, Yeste, Fetfatzidis; Mirallas||
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 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.