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Champions League: APOEL vs. Real Madrid 2017: Team News, Match Preview

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Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid travel to take on APOEL in matchday five of the Champions League. Los Blancos are coming off a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid over the weekend, in what was about the most exciting scoreless draw that you may ever see.

The bottom line is that Real Madrid need to take care of business in Cyprus. In order to have a shot at grabbing the top spot in the group they have to hope that Tottenham drop points against both Borussia Dortmund and APOEL in their last two Champions League games.

Real have only won two of their last five games in all competitions, a dominate win off the back of a good performance at Atletico would be good. Having Dani Caravajal back in the lineup did Real wonders. He was excellent against Atletico and having solidity back with Caravajal will serve Real well.

The midfield really showed up against Atletico, and Casemiro and Modric were both keys in that fixture. Against APOEL Real should be able to dominate the midfield, and with it offensive production should come where it didn’t against Atletico.

Real beat APOEL 3-0 in their first matchup, and this shouldn’t be much different. They’re more than capable of dominating the midfield and converting it to many goal scoring opportunities.

Predicted Starting XI

APOEL predicted XI: Waterman, Milanov, Rueda, Carlao, Lago, Vinicius, Morais, Ebecilio, Oar, Alonefitis, Camargo.

Real Madrid predicted XI: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Isco, Kroos, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 11/21/2017

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: NEO GSP, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Available TV: FOX Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport Extra(UK), Antena3 (Spain).

Available Streaming: FOX Sports GO (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

Prediction

Real Madrid 3-0 APOEL