Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Apoel Nicosia vs Real Madrid Match Preview, Possible Lineups + Other Today's UCL Fixtures

Defending Champions Real Madrid can qualify for the knockout phase of the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League with a win at APOEL Nicosia on matchday five.
APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 21st November 2017
Kick-off Time 20:45 - Nigerian Time
Venue: Neo GSP Stadium (Nicosia).
APOEL are at the bottom of Group H table with 2 points from the pair of 1-1 draw against Dortmund. Meantime, they lost both first leg fixtures against Real Madrid and Tottenham by 0-3 margins.

Interestingly, the Cypriot club can still qualify for the knockout phase with wins in the remaining two fixtures, even-though it is unlikely. But, if they manage to pull out the surprise, they need Madrid to lose their remaining two games and Dortmund must win in one of their two.

Real Madrid are the team with more realistic chance to finish as runners up to Spurs this term.

The Spanish club have 7 points and three more points on Tuesday will send them through to the round of 16.

Besides, Zidane and co. cannot afford another sloppy display here.

 TEAM NEWS:

Apoel Nicosia - Coach George Donis looks set to have a full team to pick from for this match at home to the two-time holders.

Real Madrid - Manager Zinedine Zidane will be without goalkeeper Keylor Navas once again, as well as winger Gareth Bale. Meanwhile, center midfielder Mateo Kovacic is closing in on a return.  Sergio Ramos broke his nose and went off at half time, so he might not be risked here. 

TEAM FORM:

APOEL have two wins, two draws, and a loss in their last five matches.

Real have a draw, two wins, and two losses in their last five matches.

PREDICTED LINEUPS: 

APOEL (4-2-3-1): Waterman; Vouros, Rueda, Merkis, Lago; Vinicius, Morais; Zahid, Ebecilio, Aloneftis; de Camargo
APOEL Nicosia 4-2-3-1 football formation

Real (4-3-1-2): Casilla; Hakimi, Varane, Nacho, Theo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Ronaldo, Benzema
Real Madrid C.F. 4-3-1-2 football formation

KEY STATS:
  • Real Madrid have beaten APOEL by three goals in all three meetings.
  • Meanwhile, this is the second time that the teams are meeting in a Champions League double legged fixture.
  • APOEL lost all three fixtures so far, the previous two back in 2011/12 round of 16 tie on a 2-8 aggregate.
TODAY'S UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES IN FULL

18:00  —   Spartak Moscow VS Maribor

20:45  —   Sevilla VS Liverpool

20:45  —   Manchester City VS Feyenoord

20:45  —   SSC Napoli VS Shakhtar Donetsk

18:00  —   Besiktas VS FC Porto

20:45  —   Monaco VS RasenBallsport Leipzig

20:45  —   APOEL Nicosia VS Real Madrid

20:45  —   Borussia Dortmund VS Tottenham Hotspur

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