UEFA Champions League Preview: Marseille-Dortmund

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Borussia Dortmund are one step away to clinching their place in the Round of 16, but in order to achieve that, they need to defeat Olympique Marseille away from home.

The current UEFA Champions League runner-up has nine points in five games, and they will secure their qualification with a win. Meanwhile, Marseille have been a huge disappointment so far, losing all their five games in the competition.

The Bundesliga outfit definitively needs a win to avoid any complication, and it’s likely that they will look to dominate from the first minute where forwards Marco Reus and Robert Lewandowski are expected to have huge roles offensively. Both have been in great form in recent weeks, and most of the team’s chances upfront will rely heavily on their shoulders as they have enough creativity to dismantle a defense by themselves.

Marseille do have some talented players, and they surely have enough weapons to get their first win of their European campaign. Brothers Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew are two very dangerous players, and their pace and skill could create trouble against Dortmund’s defensive line. Pierre-Andre Gignac is a proven striker that can change the course of a match with only one play.

Prediction: Marseille 1-2 Dortmund

The German side needs the win, and their superior quality will be too much to handle for Marseille in the end. The French outfit will fight hard, but their efforts won’t be rewarded as Dortmund will win to secure their place in the next round of the tournament.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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