What: Champions League – Group F
Who: Borussia Dortmund vs Marseille
When: Tuesday 6th December, 2011, at 19:45 UK time
Where: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany

Last-Minute Surprise

Group F of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League could potentially hold some last minute surprises, with three teams – Marseille, Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund – all still in the mathematical race to finish in second place behind group leaders Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund have a last card to play here should they want to be the progressing side.

Winners of the 2010/11 Bundesliga and leaders of its current edition, Dortmund’s form in Europe’s blue ribbon club competition has been poor, with the Germans occupying the group’s very last spot with just four points to show from five games.
 
In order for the Ruhr giants to secure that second qualification berth, Olympiacos would have to be beaten by Arsenal on the final matchday and Dortmund themselves must dismantle Marseille 4-0 or a greater scoreline.

Having defeated Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Schalke in domestic action, the Black Yellows fancy their chances of a result against Marseille, even though the French side came out victorious the last time the two met. Dortmund will need a bit of luck and a lot of resilience should they want to see their name in the Champions League draw on 16th December.

Comfortable Yet Cautious

Marseille are bound to qualify as things stand. Yet the French know that the outcome of this group is far from secure with Olympiacos and Dortmund just one and three points behind, respectively. However, having endured some good times lately, l’OM hold every chance of coming back with a smile on their face from Germany.

It was the unexpected 3-0 win against then-Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain that constituted the shake that the team needed in order to kick-start their campaign again. The result was followed with yet another victory against Caen, one that left Marseille coach Didier Deschamps in a very jovial mood.

“When my team wins, I’m happy. There is no better vitamin. We peaked at all levels in the match against Paris SG, it’s good to improve it. This does not guarantee us anything for Tuesday [against Dortmund], but the confidence and serenity are good for us.” concluded the former Chelsea man.

However, Deschamps will be without Andre-Pierre Gignac, as the striker has been confirmed injured for at least two months. An international with Les Bleus, Gignac’s injury comes at a dreaded time as Loic Remy also continues to recuperate on the sidelines.

Recent form

Borussia Dortmund:
Arsenal 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
(23/11; Champions League)
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Schalke 04 (26/11; Bundesliga)
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Dortmund (03/12; Bundesliga)

Marseille:

Marseille 0-1 Olympiacos
(23/11; Champions League)
Marseille 3-0 Paris Saint-Germain (27/11; Ligue 1)
Caen 1-2 Marseille (02/12; Ligue 1)

Key absences

Borussia Dortmund: Sven Bender; Neven Subotic; Damien Le Tallec; Florian Kringe; Johannes Focher; Marvin Bakalorz; Julian Koch

Marseille: Loic Remy; Jeremy Morel; Rod Fanni; Andre-Pierre Gignac

Players to watch

Borussia Dortmund – Mario Gotze: The time is now for the German international to lead Dortmund into the Champions League knockout stage after establishing himself as one of the world’s most sought-after midfielders. Gotze is an explosive package and could cause Marseille problems if not properly contained.

Marseille – Andre Ayew: Abedi Pele’s son is increasingly becoming a vital aspect for Les Phoceens, as he and his brother Jordan scored both goals for Marseille in their recent win. Ayew will surely be looking for more playing time.

Match Prediction

Even though Dortmund are a very potent side, it will be hard for them to get the job done here, as their tournament form shows. Marseille will not be whipping boys and will be expected to put up a fight. Dortmund 2-2 Marseille.


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