APOEL vs Real Madrid: Real Madrid hope to secure their spot in the top 16 of the Champions League.
One might say that lately Real Madrid have not been in the best of its form.
The match facts also imply that the Europe-dominating side haven’t been performing too well this season with below par results. Amidst all cries for improvement, they ended the Madrid derby goal-less which further demeans their morale. However, Zinedine Zidane believes that his team have been playing quite good despite the poor results.
“I am optimistic. We can’t say we have been playing badly.”, said to Real Madrid’s official website which suggests the opposite to the public opinion.
Meanwhile,being the team of such standards, Real Madrid side do seem quite confident ahead of their fixture against APOEL.
Having had defeated them in their earlier encounter with a margin of three goals, they aim to do the same today.
In the meantime, Zidane in his public statement revealed that they were hopeful about collecting all three points today at Cyprus and securing their position in the top 16.
APOEL Nicosia, on the other hand would look forward to push them, with the help of their home crowd.
Even though the odds seem to be against them, they will look to take full advantage of Madrid’s poor form to secure a historic win.
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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is still recovering with his calf muscle injury.
Consequently, we expect to see somewhat the same lineup as against Atletico to contest for qualification to knockout stages today.
APOEL FC have been in a good touch in their own league. Having won against their own city rivals, Omania, they would look to take advantage of their momentum to put up a strong fight.
In addition, their big draw against Dortmund earlier is also a plus for their confidence. All eyes would be on Zahid, who scored two goals on Friday.
How to stream the game
BT Sport Extra will broadcast the contest between the European Champions and minnows APOEL in the United Kingdom. Moreover, our readers can tune to Fox Sports GO to watch the game online in the United States.
Canal+ Sport 4 Afrique will broadcast it live across several African countries including Nigeria.
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