Jurgen Klopp's men need to win to secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to dominate from the offWith their domestic season slowly slipping away, Borussia Dortmund travel to Marseille on Wednesday evening desperate to secure a place in the Champions League knockout stages.
Die Schwarzgelben fell 10 points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after losing 2-1 at home to second-placed Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, but are heavy 2/5 (1.40) favourites with Coral to see themselves into the last 16 with victory in the south of France.
Having lost eight successive fixtures in this competition, the hosts are understandable outsiders at 13/2 (7.50) to pull off a shock victory against last season’s runners-up.
Neither side has drawn a single group game so far this campaign, but you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them sharing the spoils in this one.
Jurgen Klopp’s men know that nothing less than a win will do to guarantee they qualify from an incredibly tight group, with none of the top three teams yet sure of a place in the next round.
Fortunately for them, they face a team in turmoil after manager Elie Baup was sacked following Saturday’s defeat at home to Nantes, their second on the trot in the league and ninth in 13 matches in all competitions.
Sporting Director Jose Anigo will therefore be charged with the unenviable task of trying to exact a response out of a team with nothing to play for and who have looked completely out of their depth at this level, a challenge made all the more difficult by a number of major absentees.
Les Phoceens’ only two ever-presents in this season’s competition Alaixys Romao and Nicolas N’Koulou are both suspended, to be joined on the sidelines by the injured Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew.
While Dortmund are also missing a number of key players in defence and midfield, their need for victory should see them start the game on the front foot, allowing the likes of Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Robert Lewandowski to dominate a defence that has conceded at least two goals in each of their last eight in this competition.
With Klopp’s men sure to waste little time in going for the jugular, odds of 11/10 (2.10) seem generous on Marseille slipping to a ninth consecutive Champions League defeat after going in behind at the break, as they have done in six of their last seven in this competition.
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.