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UEFA Champions League

  • 27 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 70320
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Real Madrid - Ajax Preview: Jose Mourinho's men looking for first Champions League home win of the season

Real Madrid - Ajax Preview: Jose Mourinho's men looking for first Champions League home win of the season

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The Spanish giants put six unanswered goals past the Dutch outfit in the group stages last year, and have a marginally better head-to-head historical record going into the game


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas

Ramos, Varane, Albiol, Arbeloa
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema
AJAX


Vermeer
Van der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita, De Jong, Eriksen,
Janssen
Boerrigter, Sulejmani, Sigthorssson

The home side will be without Fabio Coentrao and Pepe who are both struggling with injury, while Ricardo Carvalho is also a major doubt after missing the win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend with concussion.

Sami Khedira may return to replace Lassana Diarra in midfield and Mesut Ozil could start in front of Kaka in attack after impressing at the weekend in a substitute appearance. Marcelo is suspended, so Alvaro Arbeloa will likely deputise at left-back.

Miralem Sulejmani and Vurnon Anitsa have recently recovered from injuries and will start against Jose Mourinho's men although the Dutch club will be without Nicolai Boilesen, who has a hamstring injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • The two sides met in the group stage of the competition last season with Madrid winning both occasions, 2-0 at the Bernabeu and a 4-0 demolition at the Amsterdam Arena.
  • In last campaign's meeting in the Netherlands, Madrid saw Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso both controversially sent-off for receiving second yellows in the closing stages of the game, meaning both entered the knockout stages with clean disciplinary records.
  • Ajax defeated the Spanish giants in the semi-finals of the European Champion Club's Cup in 1973, winning 2-1 at home before recording an impressive 1-0 victory at the Bernabeu, courtesy of Gerrie Muhren's goal.
  • The Dutch side are involved in the Champions League for the 10th time and won the competition back in 1996 against Juventus.
  • Last season, Madrid ended a run of six successive last 16 eliminations by beating Lyon and eventually reaching the semi-finals where they were defeated by Barcelona.
  • The two sides have met on 10 occasions with Madrid winning five of the matches and losing four with the other game ending in a draw.

Players to watch

M. Özil

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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The German international came on as a substitute in the Spanish club's 6-2 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend and helped his side turn the game around after going 1-0 down after 17 seconds. The former Werder Bremen man will provide the creative spark in a talented Madrid attack.

K. Sigþórsson

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

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The young Icelandic striker joined the club from AZ Alkmaar in the summer and has hit the ground running for the Eredivisie champions, scoring an impressive five league goals in his opening seven games. The 21-year-old will surely be a handful for Madrid's makeshift defence.

Editor's Prediction

Expect Mourinho's men to have too much for the Dutch club when the sides meeting on Tuesday. As seems to be always the case, Ajax have several highly promising talents but will arrive at the Bernabeu with an inexperienced squad, something that Ronaldo and co will be able to take full advantage of.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Madrid

Ajax

Wins
5
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
Draw
AFC Ajax AJX
AFC Ajax Ajax
87%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 0
AFC Ajax AJX
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
3 - 1
AFC Ajax AJX
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
4 - 0
AFC Ajax AJX

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