Nairabet Preview: Real Madrid – APOEL Nicosia: Expect Los Blancos to win comfortably

The reigning champions come up against what could be their easiest opponent in the tournament and will look to make it count

Real Madrid kickoff the defense of their Uefa Champions League title against Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia in Group H at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos are back to back victors after thumping Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff in June. Zinedine Zidane’s charges will have to navigate past Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur if they are to make it three titles on the bounce. Nairabet quotes Real Madrid as favourites for this tie at odds of (1.06).

APOEL are made it to the group stage having gotten past Slavia Prague in the qualifying round. The Cypriots are relative minnows in the Champions League which isn’t hard to comprehend their underdog status of (44.00) with the same firm.

Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid

A draw isn’t what many would predict but punters who feel the possibility of that happening can back it at odds of (16.00).

The 12-time European champions have only failed to score in their last 50 group stage games. They have one of the most potent attacks on the continent and are (1.09) to score the game’s first goal.

Real Madrid and APOEL have met for the only time previously in the quarter finals of the 2011/2012 season where the men in white triumphed 8-2 to aggregate. Goals shouldn’t be a problem and Nairabet offers odds of (1.18) for three or more goals at the Bernabeu.

APOEL Athletic Bilbao UEFA Europa League 23022017

APOEL are making their fourth appearance among Europe’s elite but have lost nine of their last 11 games and failed to score nine of their previous 12 games. Los Blancos thus look good to win to nil at (1.55) with Nairabet.

Cristiano Ronaldo will be making his first appearance of the new campaign as he continues to serve a five-game domestic ban. He is the leading scorer in Champions League history with 105 goals, scoring 12 last season.

The Portuguese maestro is bookies favourite for the game’s first goal at (2.90) and (1.25) to net anytime.

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