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Preview: APOEL – Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are second in Group H and they will be looking to secure their spot in the knockout stages today, as they travel to fourth-placed APOEL.

 

Flashscore present the key facts before the match:

Defending champions Real Madrid will book their spot in the last 16 of the Champions League (CL) if they beat APOEL in Nicosia. Should Zinedine Zidane’s side draw, they will still reach the knockout stages if Borussia Dortmund fail to defeat Tottenham.

It’s a do-or-die clash for bottom-placed APOEL, still winless after 4 games (D2, L2). The Cypriot side lost 3-0 to Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game. The brave defender suffered a nasal fracture in last Saturday’s Madrid derby after being inadvertently kicked in the face by Atletico’s Lucas Hernandez.

The hosts have won just once in their 17 meetings with Spanish clubs (W1 D5 L11). Madrid’s record against Cypriot competition speaks for itself: 7 games, 7 wins, 37 goals scored for and 3 conceded.

Madrid’s goal production has dropped dramatically this campaign. Los Blancos have scored 21 fewer goals from their first 20 games in 2017-18 (39) than they had at the same point last term (60). Manager Zidane said following his side’s goalless draw at Atletico in La Liga: “This is football, sometimes the ball won’t go in. We have to stay positive.”

APOEL have had just 31 shots on goal in the CL so far this season – the joint fewest alongside Olympiacos.

 

Missing players

APOEL: F. Bertoglio (injury), B Waterman (injury)

Real Madrid: G. Bale (calf injury), M. Kovacic (groin injury), K. Navas (groin injury), S. Ramos (face injury), L. Zidane (shoulder injury).