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UEFA Champions League

  • March 27, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Neo GSP, Nicosía (Levkosía)
  • Referee: F. Brych
  • • Attendance: 22000
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Champions League Preview: APOEL - Real Madrid

Los Blancos will want to avoid an upset against the Champions League's surprise package of the season at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

APOEL


Chiotis
 Poursaitidis, Jorge, Oliveira, Boaventura
 Morais, Marcinho
 Charalambidis, Trickovski, Solari
 Ailton
REAL MADRID


Casillas
Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo
Khedira, Granero
Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo
Benzema


APOEL coach Ivan Jovanovic will be unable to call upon the suspended Gustavo Manduca in attack with the Brazilian set to be replaced by Ivan Trickovski. 

Marcinho may partner Nuno Morais in the center of the field for the Cypriot club with Helder Sousa likely to drop to the bench. William Boaventura is expected to shrug off a knock to start at left back.

Jose Mourinho welcomes back two players from domestic suspension as Pepe and Mesut Ozil are likely to return to the Spanish side's starting XI.

However, one player who will not feature for Los Blancos is Xabi Alonso, who is banned after reaching his yellow card limit in the competition. Esteban Granero is likely to start.

Despite playing two forwards in the 5-1 Liga win over Real Sociedad on Saturday, the visitors are expected to lineup with Karim Benzema as the lone striker with Gonzalo Higuain resigned to a place on the bench.

Angel Di Maria, Lassana Diarra, Jose Callejon and Ricardo Carvalho all miss out through injury as all four are left out of Madrid's 19-man squad.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • APOEL has already become the most successful Cypriot side in Champions League history by reaching the quarterfinals.
  • Dionisis Chiotis was the side's hero in the round of 16, saving two penalties in the shootout victory against Olympique Lyonnais after the tie had ended 1-1 on aggregate. 
  • This is the third consecutive season where APOEL has faced Spanish opposition in Europe. The club met Getafe in the Europa League last campaign and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League the season before.
  • Real Madrid has a near perfect record in the competition this term, winning seven of their eight games so far, drawing the other.
  • Jose Mourinho has a 100-percent record in Champions League quarterfinals with Porto, Chelsea, Inter and now Madrid as his sides have all advanced to the semifinals when they made the last eight.
  • No other team has competed in more quarterfinals in the competition than the Spanish giants, who will be making their 29th appearance in the last eight. Los Blancos have lost only six of these fixtures.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

APOEL

Real Madrid

Wins
0
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

APOEL FC APL
APOEL FC APOEL
Draw
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
15%
81%

Top 3 Predictions

APOEL FC APL
0 - 3
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
APOEL FC APL
1 - 3
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
APOEL FC APL
0 - 4
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA

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