Marseille v Porto preview
Marseille will be looking to continue their perfect start in UEFA Champions League Group A when they take on Porto.
By Chris Harvey
Last Updated: 24/10/07 11:38am
Marseille will be looking to continue their perfect start in UEFA Champions League Group A when they take on Porto on Wednesday.
A win will take Erik Gerets' side five points clear at the top of the group but the French outfit will be without centre-back Julien Rodriguez for the game.
The experienced defender picked up a thigh injury in Sunday's 1-0 triumph over RC Lens, Marseille's first home success in Ligue 1 this season and a result that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
Karim Ziani also picked up a knock in that encounter, to join Samir Nasri and goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso on the sidelines.
Left-back Taye Taiwo is available after suspension, which should mean Gael Givet returning to central defence.
Gerets believes the Portuguese will provide a stern challenge as they look to claim top spot themselves.
The Belgian coach said: "It's going to be difficult but even difficult things can be achieved.
"Porto's style of play is well-known: it's all about good technique, speed and a solid defence. They also have individuals like Ricardo Quaresma who are capable of turning a game, but we'll have our own chances. The most important thing is not to lose."
Full-backs Bosingwa and Fucile have been passed fit for the visitors, while former Spurs striker Helder Postiga returns from a knee injury to boost the attack.