The most unbalanced match of the opening round in UEFA Champions League group-stage is surely this one, with Real Madrid hosting APOEL Nicosia, Wednesday evening from 19:45, UK Time.
Real Madrid are superior from every point of view, altough they will be without Benzema here. Ronaldo is a doubt, but he is expected to be back and even to start the game. The Galactics won only five points from the first three rounds in La Liga, after 3-0 vs La Coruna, 2-2 vs Valencia and only 1-1 vs Levante at home. Now we expect a clear victory against APOEL, by a margin of at least three goals.
APOEL faced Real Madrid five years ago, in the Champions League Quarter Finals. They lost 0-3 in Cyprus with the fans behind and 2-5 here, at Santiago Bernabeu. The visitors have no chance, to be honest, and they will not risk too much, playing for a 0-0. APOEL have the fourth chance in this group, with Real Madrid, Dortmund and Tottenham being much stronger without a shadow of doubt.
Real Madrid vs APOEL probable lineups:
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas - Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo - Kroos, Casemiro, Modric - Bale, Ronaldo, Isco.
APOEL (4-2-3-1): Waterman, Milanov, Rueda, Carlao, Lago - Vinicius, Morais - Ebecilio, Oar, Aloneftis - Camargo.