The European champions are in a bit of trouble at the moment, having fallen 10 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race after drawing 0-0 with local rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.They also look set to finish second in their Champions League group after losing to Tottenham last time out.So boss Zinedine Zidane will be desperate to see his side return to form and we are expecting him to field a strong line-up away to the Cypriot champions.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.
Predicted Starting XI
APOEL: Waterman, Milanov, Rueda, Carlao, Lago, Vinicius, Morais, Ebecilio, Oar, Alonefitis, Camargo.
Real: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Isco, Kroos, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.
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.