4 Dec 1 | Santiago Bernabeu | UEFA Champions League | Tuesday
Real Madrid have already secured their last 16 spot from the alleged ‘group of death’. And Ajax will want to secure the Europa League berth ahead of Manchester City. Expect Real Madrid to make a few changes with Varane & Callejon almost certain to start. Michael Essien also came back to training and might get some game time. For Ajax, Ryan Babel is still injured so Danny Hoesen will handle things upfront. Hoesen scored in the weekend match against PSV.
Probable Starting Lineup
Real Madrid – Casillas; Coentrao, Varane, Ramos, Arbeloa; Alonso, Khedira, Modric; Ronaldo, Callejon, Higuain
Ajax Amsterdam: Vermeer; Moisander, Blind, Alderweireld, Van Rhijn; Poulsen, De Jong, Eriksen, Hoesen; Boerrigter, Fischer
How to Watch the live online & on TV:
Live Streaming – vipbox, firstrowsports or bet365
Live Text Commentary – Goal.com
Live Score Update – livescore.com
Schedule for TV Broadcast –
- US – DirecTV
- India – Ten Action
- Australia – SBS One Australia
Match Facts (courtesy goal.com)
These two sides have met five times in the past three seasons and Madrid have won each game, most recently a 4-1 victory in Amsterdam in October.
Real Madrid’s seven-game winning streak at home in the Champions League was ended by a 2-2 draw with Dortmund on matchday four.
Los Blancos‘ home record against teams from the Netherlands is W9 D1 L2.
Ajax have failed to win on any of their last five visits to Spain, losing four. Their last success was a 3-2 victory at Atletico Madrid in the 1996/97 season.
During four years as a Barcelona player between 1999 and 2003, Ajax coach Frank de Boer faced Madrid nine times in the Liga and the Champions League.
De Boer played under Madrid coach Jose Mourinho at Barcelona. The Portuguese was assistant to Louis van Gaal in the year 2000.