Marseille coach Erik Gerets is looking forward to seeing his side making amends for their 2-0 loss to PSV on Matchday 3.
“Our game over there was a catastrophe,” confessed Gerets. “It remains a bad memory for me. It was like we were playing a friendly.”
A draw tonight and Marseille will be eliminated; lose and they cannot even take third spot and the UEFA Cup.
“I think it’s unfair that we have zero points,” continued Gerets. “Apart from the PSV match, we’ve played at a good level and shown that we’re good enough for this competition. We just lost concentration. I want us to show ourselves in a better light and demonstrate that we’re better than the opposition.”
First-choice striker Mamadou Niang remains doubtful with a groin injury and Karim Ziani is troubled by a muscle problem. Ben Arfa, Vitorino Hilton, Bakari Kone and Lorik Cana all appear to have recovered from slight knocks.
PSV are without French defender Jeremie Brechet, while with Mike Zonneveld (back) and Nordin Amrabat (groin) are both doubts. On the plus side, key man Ibrahim Afellay has overcome a minor complaint and both Stijn Wuytens and Jan Kromkamp are available again.
“Given the draw between Atlético and Liverpool in their last game, it will be difficult for us to go through, but we still have to believe,” said coach Huub Stevens. “We need to keep trying and, of course, we’re here to win.”