Real Madrid will be aiming for a routine home victory against APOEL this week as they look to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals, as they move into second favourites at 11/4 to lift the trophy this season.
Jose Mourinho’s men won 3-0 in the first-leg, meaning that they are overwhelming favourites to progress into the final four. It would be one of the greatest shocks in Champions League history if APOEL are able to turn this around.
In fact, it would be a shock if APOEL got anything from the game and everyone is expecting the Spanish club to enjoy a relatively comfortable evening.
They are in good form at the moment too having recovered from back-to-back draws with three convincing victories in succession across all competitions. The 5-1 victory at Osasuna at the weekend – their only game since the first-leg – maintained their six point gap at the top of La Liga.
Madrid are on an unbeaten run stretching back to the 18th January too, so it really would upset the odds if they were to lose on Wednesday evening. Mourinho will make sure they aren’t complacent though.
As for APOEL, they know they are massively up against it in this second-leg. However, this is one of the most famous matches in their history and they will be desperate to put in a good performance.
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Looking at their form, aside from the first-leg defeat to Madrid, it has been very good indeed. Ivan Jovanović’s men are unbeaten in ten league games. This means they are only a point behind AEL in the race for the title.
It is European matters that take centre stage on Wednesday evening though and even though Madrid are massive favourites, it would be interesting to see how they game turned out if the away side took a shock lead.
Regardless of the outcome, APOEL can exit the competition with their pride intact having become the first Cypriot club to make it this far in the Champions League.
This one gets underway at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.