Real Madrid vs APOEL
After the first match in Nicosia, it is clearly obvious that Real Madrid have already progressed to the semi-finals where they will be awaiting Bayern Munich. The Spaniards didn’t have the easiest game as they needed 74 minutes to open the Cypriot defense with two goals from Benzema and one from Kaka, who came as a substitute in that game. Still, although they didn’t have the early lead in that match, their were more than better side in that one, dominating from first till the last minute. Real is also doing more than well in Primera as they have six points advantage from Barcelona with eight rounds till the end of the season. They are also coming from a 5:1 win against solid Osasuna, away from their own fans in domestic league. Their coach, Mourinho, fielded strongest possible team in that match and he has promised that he will line-up almost the same squad for tonight’s clash. This means that they will try not to underestimate the Cypriots and that they’ll try give another enjoyable night for all their fans worldwide. Hosts will be boosted with the return of Xabi Alonso, while Carvalho and Diarra are surely out.
APOEL, on the other side, made wonders to get the 1/4 finals position in Champions League, as said many times. However, it seems that Real is way too much for them. They were totally outplayed by their opponents in the first leg and knowing their position in domestic league it is for sure that they already got over that defeat and that getting the title in domestic league is the top priority for them at this point. They are currently at the first position, but with second and third team being just one and two points below them – enough to describe how serious their situation in domestic league is. Guests have a bit complicated situation with their squad in front of this match as their striker Ivan Trickovski broke his hand and won’t play. Additionally, key defender Marcelo Oliveira is also out, while striker Ailton is major doubt due virus, just like wing-back Nektarios Alexandrou (groin) and midfielder Athos Solomou (shin) are also doubtful.
Bet: Real Madrid -2.5 Asian Handicap @1.75 with Bet365