Game : Liverpool vs Marseille
Competition : UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Venue : Anfield, Liverpool
Date : Wednesday, 26 November, 2008
Time : 19.45 GMT
Liverpool will hope to bounce back from their disappointing 0-0 draw with Fulham on Saturday when they host French side Marseille in a Group D Champions League game on Wednesday night at home.
The Reds are on top of Group D with Atletico Madrid with eight points, although they currently lie second because Atletico have a superior goal difference. Victory against Marseille will confirm Liverpool’s progress to the next stage, but a draw will also do if PSV Eindhoven fail to beat Atletico in the other Group D fixture. Liverpool will welcome Steven Gerrard back to their squad. The absence of their talismanic skipper was seen when the Reds failed to break Fulham down. At 10Bet, Gerrard is at 2.450 to score any time during the game, and at 6.100 to score first. Gerrard is Liverpool’s top scorer in the CL with four, and he also converted the stoppage time penalty that earned Liverpool a point when Atletico came to Anfield two weeks ago. Fernando Torres is also ready and raring to go, and Marseille will fear these two players. At 10Bet Torres is at 3.500 to score first.
Marseille won 1-0 at Anfield thirteen months ago, and the French side need to repeat that feat to stay alive in the competition. Winger Mathieu Valbuena, who scored the only goal of that game, is out after straining his right knee ligaments. In their last Champions League game, Marseille rescued their flagging campaign by beating PSV Eindhoven 3-0, with Bakari Kone scoring once and Mamadou Niang grabbing a brace. Marseille surrendered second spot in Ligue 1 to Nice last weekend. They drew 2-2 against Lille, while Nice beat St.Etienne. Mamadou Samassa and former Liverpool winger Bolo Zenden were on target against Lille. Lorik Cana is another key player for Marseille. He scored when Liverpool visited Stade Velodrome earlier this season, but a brace from Gerrard sealed victory for the Reds.
With Gerrard back, I think Liverpool will win this. 2-0 to Liverpool, with Torres and Gerrard both scoring.