Los Blancos make their season debut in the Champions League on Wednesday (19:45, UK Time) at Santiago Bernabéu. Real Madrid v APOEL will be their first test in their favourite competition after winning back to back titles in Cardiff against Juventus.
Real Madrid v APOEL Preview
Real Madrid forget La Liga for a while to focus in their debut in the Champions League, after winning three titles in only four years. The great start of the season winning two Supercups have ended with two draws in a row in La Liga against Valencia and Levante. Cristiano Ronaldo, absent in the Spanish league, will be present to face APOEL, together with Marcelo, sent off last Saturday. Benzema is injured, so Bale will also occupy a spot in the attacking line.
APOEL have just played one game in their home league and they won it. They had to go through three preview ties to arrive to the groups stages of the Champions League. Dudelange, Viitorul and Slavia Praha were their rivals in the competition so far. Last season they played the UEFA Europa League reaching the Last 16, knocking out the Spanish team Athletic Club.
Real Madrid v APOEL Predicted Line Ups
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco; Bale y Cristiano Ronaldo.
APOEL (4-5-1): Waterman; Lago, Carlao, Rueda, Vouros; Morais, Vinicius, Ebecilio, Zahid, Sallai, De Camargo.
Real Madrid v APOEL Betting Tips
Real Madrid have won 5, drawn 3 and lost 2 games out of the last 10.
APOEL have won 6, drawn 1 and lost 3 of the last 10 games.
In the last 10 games, Real Madrid have scored an average of 1,9 goals and have received an average of 1,4 goals.
In the last 10 games, APOEL have scored an average of 1,6 goals per game and have conceded 0,8 goals per game.
There have been over 2,5 goals in 7 of the last 10 Real Madrid games.
There have been 2,5 goals in 5 of the last 10 APOEL games.
Real Madrid v APOEL Prediction
Cristiano Ronaldo is back and these are great news for Los Blancos. They had some problems converting the chances, but the Portuguese striker is the solution. Besides, Real Madrid always become more dangerous in the Champions League so we expect an easy victory against the weakest team of the group.
Real Madrid and APOEL met in 2012 in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Mourinho’s men won 0-3 in Cyprus and thrashed 5-2 their rival at Bernabéu.
Free Betting Tips
Real Madrid win 1/25 at bet365.
Over 2,5 goals 2/11 at Bet365.
Real Madrid to win 4-1 11/1 at Bet365.