Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 13 September 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Cristiano Ronaldo must be counting the… minutes to this match’s kick-off, having missed Real Madrid’s previous four games, because of that super silly thing he did against Barcelona in the first leg of the Super Cup in Spain (he shoved the referee, and got a five-match suspension). Without him, Madrid have dropped four points at home, in Spain’s championship, drawing 2-2 to Valencia and 1-1 to Levante, just last weekend. He is going to miss the trip to Real Sociedad as well, the coming weekend, but he’s perfectly eligible to play against APOEL. Gareth Bale will be interesting to watch, if and when he is chosen to play, having been subjected to a good number of whistles by the Real Madrid fans in the team’s last games.
APOEL had to start their qualifying… marathon in mid July, against a team from Luxembourg. Next was Viitorul, Romania’s champions, whom they eliminated in extra time, playing the return leg at home. Somehow, they made things easy against Slavia Prague in the playoffs, reaching their big target, be in the Champions League group stage. Because of their qualifiers, they have only played one game in Cyprus’ championship so far this season, last Saturday, beating Nea Salamis 4-1 away from home. They have two games less than most of the other teams in the league.
Previous five matches:
Real Madrid vs Levante 1-1
Real Madrid vs Valencia 2-2
Real Madrid vs Fiorentina 2-1
Deportivo La Coruna vs Real Madrid 0-3
Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2-0
Nea Salamis vs APOEL 1-4
Enosis vs APOEL 3-1
Slavia Prague vs APOEL 0-0
APOEL vs Slavia Prague 2-0
APOEL vs Apollon 1-2
Real Madrid’s next game is on Sunday, at Real Sociedad. A day later, APOEL will be hosting Anorthosis.
Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia: Head to head Stats
Real Madrid have hosted APOEL once before, in 2012, in the Champions League quarterfinals, beating them 5-2 (and 3-0 in Cyprus).
Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia: Prediction
It’s obvious who the huge and undeniable favorites are in this game. The tricky part is to find something to bet on, that pays close to 2.00.
Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia: Betting Tips
Real Madrid’s win pays right next to nothing, 1.04. APOEL have nothing to lose, they can play freely and just… enjoy the experience of playing at Santiago Bernabeu, so for a very good 2.65, I’m willing to back them to score(!), and of course still lose the game. Real Madrid and both teams to score is obviously a risk, but one I feel is worth taking, given that it pays well.
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