Real Madrid vs APOEL Nicosia 13 September 2017: UCL Preview and Predictions
13 September 2017/1445ET
Real Madrid (1/20) Draw (22/1) APOEL Nicosia (66/1) See the Latest Odds
The defending champions, Real Madrid, will start their title defense for the UEFA Champions League at home as they take on APOEL Nicosia at home. The Champions League has always been a very important competition for the Spanish side and this season will be no different for them.
APOEL Nicosia is the most successful team in Cyprus and they have been dominant in their domestic league once again this season. That being said, there is no team even close to the level of Real Madrid in Cyprus. This is a game where APOEL Nicosia could end up losing, and losing quite badly so I think their main aim will be to not get smashed and ruin their goal difference this early in the competition.
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Real Madrid has not had a great start to their La Liga campaign and they will want to turn things around very quickly. The best way to do that is to start winning and this game at home is the perfect opportunity. Cristiano Ronaldo will be back in action after he missed a few games in La Liga due to suspension. This is a game that Zidane knows his teams should win and knows that his teams should have a big win. I am expecting this to be a Real Madrid win and a big Real Madrid win.
We are not getting a good price on Real Madrid to win this game and as a result, I think it is best if we avoid that bet. That being said there is still value in this game. Real Madrid is sure to score many goals so placing a bet on Real Madrid to score over 2.5 goals is the best bet in my opinion.