Real Madrid vs APOEL: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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The defending champions kick off their new Champions League campaign with a home match against the Cypriot league winners on Wednesday

Real Madrid will hope to get back to winning ways when Cristiano Ronaldo returns for their first Champions League match of the season against APOEL.

The Portuguese has one more game of his domestic ban to serve in La Liga but is available as Madrid kick off their defence of Europe's top club honour.

Madrid to win 5-0 is 6/1 with dabblebet

They will do so against the Cypriot champions, who reached the last 16 of the Europa League in 2016-17 before bowing out against Anderlecht.

Game Real Madrid vs APOEL
Date Wednesday, September 13
Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Isco Real Madrid

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport Extra 2, a red-button channel, and by stream via the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport Extra 2 BT Sport app

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go.

US TV channel Online stream
FS2 Fox Sports Go

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Real Madrid players
Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Zidane
Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo, Achraf, Leon
Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos
Forwards Ronaldo, Bale, Mayoral, Franchu

Real Madrid will be without Karim Benzema, who suffered a hamstring injury against Levante at the weekend, but Cristiano Ronaldo is available as his ban does not apply to the Champions League.

Marco Asensio sat out training on Monday and is considered a doubt with an unknown problem, but Raphael Varane took part in the session.

Potential starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Bale, Ronaldo.

Position APOEL players
Goalkeepers Gudino, Waterman, Paraskevas
Defenders Lago, Rueda, Alexandrou, Vouros, Merkis, Carlao
Midfielders Ebecilio, Vinicius, Farias, Morais, Makris, Aloneftis
Forwards Pote, De Camargo, Zahid, Sallai, Antoniou

APOEL look set to be without midfielders George Efrem and Facundo Bertoglio as well as defender Zhivko Milanov.

Australia international Tommy Oar, meanwhile, was among the players left out of George Donis' 25-man squad for the Champions League.

Potential starting XI: Waterman; Vouros, Carlao, Rueda, Lago; Morais, Vinicius, Farias; Sallai, De Camargo, Ebecilio.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid

Madrid are 1/33 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with APOEL priced at 50/1 and the draw also available at 12/1.

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GAME PREVIEW


Gareth Bale Real Madrid

Real Madrid are a long way from really panicking, but handing a four-point head start to Barcelona in La Liga is less than ideal.

Zinedine Zidane's men have been held to consecutive draws at the Santiago Bernabeu by Valencia and Levante, and the team it seemed no one could stop suddenly has a few questions to answer.

Madrid were without Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the 2-2 tie with Valencia and Varane again for the 1-1 against Levante, and you would think the defence should tighten up when the first-choice unit is restored.

Zidane has also made some experimental - and admittedly odd, at times - tactical choices, such as starting Marcelo on the left wing, to ensure the depth players in his squad get games and his stars are not overworked.

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So it has not exactly been Madrid firing on all cylinders, and some of the issues should work themselves out.

But there will be greater concern over the lack of depth up front, which has been exposed by Cristiano Ronaldo's suspension and Karim Benzema's injury, now Alvaro Morata has left.

Morata was always destined for a more glamorous job than the man tasked with ensuring Madrid saw off the rank-and-file of La Liga but the void his departure has left is already apparent.

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