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UEFA Champions League

  • September 28, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 26142

Champions League Preview: Olympique Marseille v Borussia Dortmund

Champions League Preview: Olympique Marseille v Borussia Dortmund

Bongarts previews the action as the reigning Bundesliga champions travel west to face Didier Deschamps' men at the Stade Velodrome, looking to make a step towards qualification



Fanni, Diawara, N'Koulou, Morel
Diarra, Gonzalez
Valbuena, Amalfitano, Ayew

Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Lowe
Gundogan, Kehl

Gotze, Kagawa, Perisic

Didier Deschamps will have to do without the services of experienced midfielder Benoit Cheyrou and French international Andre-Pierre Gignac. Defender Djimi Traore, who arrived from relegated Monaco last month, is also set to miss the clash at the Stade Velodrome.

Borussia Dortmund come into the game on the back of a win over Mainz at the weekend, and coach Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to tinker with his selection. Young left-back Chris Lowe will slot in for Germany international Marcel Schmelzer, who suffered another injury setback earlier this month.

Captain Sebastian Kehl is set to retain his place in the team as Sven Bender is eased back into action after the knock he took in Dortmund's game against Arsenal. Long-term absentee Julian Koch is also set to miss the match, while striker Lucas Barrios is unlikely to start, but is expected to take part in the game nevertheless.

  • Olympique Marseille have lost seven of their last 15 home games in the Champions League.
  • L'OM last faced a German team in a European competition in season 1998-1999, knocking Werder Bremen out of Uefa Cup on the back of a 1-1 draw in Germany, and a 3-2 win in France.
  • Didier Deschamps has a score to settle with Dortmund as he lost the 1997 Champions League final 3-1 to BVB, while playing for Juventus.
  • Borussia Dortmund have won just once in France. In addition, they have not scored in three games away to opposition from Ligue 1.
  • BVB eliminated Auxerre 4-1 on aggregate in the 1996-1997 Champions League quarter-final on their way to lifting the trophy.
  • Dortmund return to Europe's premier competition after an eight-year absence.

Players to watch

L. González

Position: Midfielder

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The Argentinian does not have much years left in the tank, but his class is undeniable. A top pefromance will be needed from the midfielder is the hosts are to overcome one of their main competitors for progression from the group stage.

I. Perišić

Position: Attacker

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The Croatian, who recently managed to displace Germany international Kevin Grosskreutz from the first team, has been inspirational for BVB in recent games, and will be looking to continue his form on Wednesday. If his cameo against Arsenal, and his wondergoal in the game, are anything to go by, the spectators can expect yet another majestic performance from the ex-Brugge man.

Editor's Prediction

Neither team has enjoyed the best of fortunes recently, but Dortmund seems to getting back on track after some rather disappointing performances. Given Marseille's bad Champions League home form, and their struggles in Ligue 1, BVB are likely to bag the three points with the help of a top performance by their key players.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Olympique Marseille

Borussia Dortmund


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Olympique de Marseille OM
Olympique de Marseille Olympique Marseille
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund Borussia Dortmund

Top 3 Predictions

Olympique de Marseille OM
1 - 2
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
Olympique de Marseille OM
1 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB
Olympique de Marseille OM
2 - 1
BV Borussia 09 Dortmund BVB