Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Estadio do Dragao will host the Champions League clash between Porto and Olympique Marseille. Porto aim to build on a 2-0 win over Olympiakos Piraeus, and a win over OM will see the Portuguese side move one step closer to booking their place in last 16. Over the years the Dragons have turned their Estadio Do Dragao into a real fortress, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win Tuesday’s clash.
Andre Villas-Boas’ troops, on the other hand, made a slow start to their Champions League campaign, with the team suffering back-to-back losses to Olympiakos Piraeus and Man City, and given their anything but brilliant start to the new Ligue 1 campaign, we predict that the visitors are going to return to France empty-handed. In their last meeting in Portugal Porto recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Olympique Marseille.
Highlighted Team (Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown.
It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394.
The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.