Borussia Dortmund and Marseille are both coming off losses in their Champions League openers as they get set to battle on Tuesday at Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has been banned from the match after his outburst on the touchline in the club's 2-1 defeat to Napoli on Sept. 18. Assistant coach Zeljko Buvac will take his place on the sidelines.
Not only that, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller will be absent after being sent off in the loss to Napoli. Midfielders Sebastian Kehl and Ilkay Gundogan, as well as defender Lukasz Piszczek, also won't be available due to injury, per Nicholas McGee of Goal.com.
On the other hand, Marseille will be without Andre-Pierre Gignac, according to Andrew Haslam of UEFA.com. Gignac has scored three goals in six Ligue 1 appearances this season after tallying 13 goals in 31 league matches last campaign.
Let's take a look at the clash on Tuesday in Dortmund.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
Watch: Fox Soccer 2Go
Betting Line (via TopBet.eu): Dortmund -1.5 (-105)
Top Storyline: Dortmund Looking for Revenge After 2011-12 Campaign
Dortmund has not only gone three straight games without a win in Champions League play, the club also lost both meetings to Marseille in 2011-12 by a combined score of 6-2. That includes a 3-2 loss at Signal Iduna Park.
Dortmund was the runner-up to Bayern Munich in the final of this competition last season, failing to add to their solitary Champions League trophy, which came in 1997.
Marseille was a runner-up in 1991 and a winner in 1993. The French club is coming off a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sept. 18 in which the club squandered 17 shots (including seven on goal).
Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 3, Marseille 1
Despite all the turmoil swirling around Dortmund right now, Dortmund is the superior team.
Ranked 24th for the campaign by UEFA.com (compared to 30th for Marseille), the German club is a formidable opponent, currently leading the Bundesliga with 19 points (six wins, one draw). Dortmund is coming off a 5-0 thumping of SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
Armed with players such as Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, I expect the German club to overcome its losses on the pitch and on the sideline and exact revenge on Marseille for past grievances.