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  • September 27, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Champions League Preview: Real Madrid v Ajax

Champions League Preview: Real Madrid v Ajax

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Jose Mourinho's men will be looking to earn their first home victory of the Champions League group campaign when they meet the Dutch giants


PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas

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


Vermeer
Van der Wiel, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Anita
De Jong, Eriksen,
Janssen
Sulejmani, Sigthorssson, Boerrigter
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 Madrid's 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 Anita 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, 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 1995 against AC Milan.
  • 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 8 occasions with Ajax winning four of the matches and losing three with the other game ending in a draw.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Ricardo CarvalhoDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
6Sami KhediraMidfielder
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
8KakáMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1AdànGoalkeeper
33Raúl Albiol Defender
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
6Lassana DiarraMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
1Kenneth VermeerGoalkeeper
23Gregory van der WielDefender
12Toby AlderweireldDefender
5Jan VertonghenDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
23Christian EriksenMidfielder
10Siem de JongMidfielder
14Theo JanssenMidfielder
8Miralem SulejmaniStriker
9Kolbeinn SigthórssonStriker
-Derk BoerrigterStriker
-Jasper CillessenGoalkeeper
13André OoijerDefender
17Daley BlindDefender
6Eyong EnohMidfielder
25Thulani SereroMidfielder
11Lorenzo EbecilioStriker
19Dmitri BulykinStriker
Players to Watch
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
8 1 1 0
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.
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
The young Icelandic striker joined the club from AZ Alkmaar in the summer for €4.5 million and has hit the ground running at 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.
Prediction
Expect Jose 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.
Editor's Prediction
Ajax 0

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