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Borussia Dortmund are not having the greatest of seasons. They are a massive ten points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and have been beaten at home by their two top domestic rivals already, the latest one coming on Saturday.
Dortmund's position in the Champions League, while not being the best you could have asked for, is not that bad, considering they have their destiny very much in their own hands as they head to the final group game at Marseille, a side which are yet to pick up a single point this campaign.
Victory for Jurgen Klopp's men in France, and they will most probably through to the last 16, with Dortmund needing to better Napoli's result to absolutely ensure progression - the Italian side host Group F leaders Arsenal at the same time.
Marseille's poor domestic and European form has seen manager Elie Baup get the sack a few days back, with sporting director Jose Anigo taking temporary charge.
Klopp, whose side lost to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, knows the positive effect that a side can have following the appointment of a new man at the helm, and the German is wary of a stern reaction from Marseille.
"We will see as it is always difficult to play teams after a change of coach," Klopp said. "We know they are going to fight -- they are bottom of the group but they are a quality team, not a typical bottom-of-group team.
"We are very positive, though. We have a great opportunity to qualify from a tough group and we are here to do so. We can adapt our system but we will not be influenced by Marseille's formation. We know we will have to be very rigorous and not be too relaxed because Marseille are going to be tough opponents."
Marseille are desperate not to end their European season without a single point, and Anigo is hopeful the coaching change will have a positive effect. "We will see tomorrow [Wednesday] whether the spirit has altered among the squad [since the change of coach]," Anigo said. "The players have not been up to the mark recently. We have to approach the game in a different frame of mind. With zero points to our name, we clearly have not done our job properly.
"We have played well, apart from away to Arsenal [a 2-0 loss]. We could have done better. Against Dortmund -- a real reference point for European football -- we will have to give our all, and I think the players understand that they need to change something. Many things will change.
"We will give our all in order to have a say in what happens in this group. What we are going to put into this game will be crucial in planning for the future."
Team news: Marseille: The French side have plenty of injury worries and suspensions with Nicolas N'Koulou and Alaixys Romao serving one-match bans, while Mathieu Valbuena and Andre Ayew are out injured.
Borussia Dortmund: Jurgen Klopp's injury issues have worsened with Sven Bender and Nuri Sahin suffering ankle knocks in the loss to Leverkusen. Sahin could still be available, but Bender joins an injury list that already includes defensive trio Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Marcel Schmelzer along with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
Key men: Florian Thauvin has slowly growing in stature as the season has progressed and the playmaker will want to show exactly why a lot of European eyes are on him when he takes the field against the Germans.
Borussia Dortmund: Marco Reus was rested by Klopp against Leverkusen, with the playmaker only playing the last half hour. The German international will be raring to go against Marseille.
Where to Watch Live
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Expected lineups: Marseille: Mandanda; Fanni, Mendes, Diawara, Mendy; Romao, Cheyrou, Thauvin, J Ayew, Payet; Gignac.
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Papastathopoulos, Kehl, Durm; Sahin, Grosskreutz; Blaszczykowski, Mkhitaryan, Reus; Lewandowski.
Prediction: 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund