Marseille v Inter Milan 19:45 Wed
Without a win in five matches, Inter will be striving to return to winning ways on Wednesday when they travel to France to take on Olympique Marseille, who are heavy odds against favourites with Ladbrokes for victory at the Velodrome.
Claudio Ranieri’s side had witnessed a significant improvement in performance around Christmas earning seven straight Serie A victories at one stage.
However, the Italian giants now appear to be back in the form that they witnessed at the start of the campaign; something Marseille will be hoping to take advantage of as both sides seek Champions League progress.
Marseille have only lost four league games this season but have dropped too may points in draws making their title-winning chances very slim.
Les Phocéens will therefore treat the Champions League as an opportunity to make the most of this season and a midweek victory over a tired looking Inter is a very firm possibility.
The Italian side have fallen far from their double-winning season of 2009-10, struggling to cope with financial woes and internal indifferences, and the pressure is mounting on Claudio Ranieri at the helm as the fans mounted their frustrations with a protest during a 3-0 defeat to Bologna last weekend.
These two sides last met in 2004 in the quarter finals of the then UEFA Cup, where the French side ran out as 3-0 victors on aggregate.
Marseille have drawn their last two home fixtures against Lyon and Valenciennes but are hoping to get back to winning ways on Wednesday with a win over Internazionale.
Didier Deschamps will feel that his side are capable of keeping a clean sheet this week, currently boasting the fourth best home defence in the top flight, conceding on average just 0.67 goals per game when playing at the Stade Vélodrome, but they will have to be at their best as Inter will be hopeful of welcoming back Diego Milito and Dejan Stankovic from injury, which could prove decisive.