UCL Preview: Real & Liverpool aim for last 16 spot; City & Spurs hope to rank 1st in group

Welcome to district tv Champions League preview. Real Madrid & Liverpool aim for last 16 spot as Man City & Tottenham Hotspur hope to keep unbeaten

APOEL vs Real Madrid 

Kick off: 19:45 CET

Date: Tue, 21-Nov-17

Probable line-ups:

Focus

Keylor Navas looks set to miss out again for Real Madrid, which should see Kiko Casilla started between the sticks.

Gareth Bale, Jesus Vallejo are also still injured, while Mateo Kovacic is closing in on a return to first-team action.

Daniel Carvajal is back at full heatlh but is one yellow away from a one-match ban in the Champions League.

Isco and Marco Asensio are vying for a starting berth with Bale sidelined.

Sergio ramos may not be risked on Tuesday after breaking his nose in the Madrid Derby on Saturday night.

Prediction

APOEL 1-3 Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham

Kick off: 19:45 CET

Date: Tue, 21-Nov-17

Probable line-ups:

Focus

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should return to the starting XI on Tuesday after being disciplined by the club last week.

Sokratis is unlikely to make the game after coming off at half-time in Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat to Stuttgart on Friday.

Christian Pulisic is also a major doubt for the hosts after missing Friday’s defeat with a muscle injury.

Julian Weigl and Jeremy Toljan are both one booking away from suspension.

Danny Rose was dropped from the squad for Saturday’s North London Derby defeat but is tipped to start in Germany on Tuesday.

Harry Winks was only fit enough a substitute role against Arsenal at the weekend but could also earn a starting spot here.

Serge Aurier should continue to rotate with Kieran Trippier at on the right of Tottenham’s defence.

Mauricio Pochettino is managing Mousa Dembele’s fitness and it remains to be seen whether he can play twice in such a short space of time.

Fernando Llorente and Son Heung Min will also push for starts against Borussia Dortmund.

Prediction

Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham

Manchester City vs Feyenoord

Kick off: 19:45 CET

Date: Tue, 21-Nov-17

Probable line-ups:

Focus

John Stones is out until the end of January after suffering a hamstring injury at the weekend, but Pep Guardiola does now at least have Vincent Kompany back from injury.

Nicolás Otamendi was suspended at the weekend and could return to first-team action here.

Bernardo Silva, Danilo, Yaya Toure and Ilkay Gündogan will all be pushing for starts with Guardiola set to ring the changes on Tuesday.

Guardiola has even hinted that teenagers Brahim Díaz and Phil Foden could start in City’s last two Champions League group matches.

Prediction

Man City 3-0 Feyenoord

Sevilla vs Liverpool

Kick off: 19:45 CET

Date: Tue, 21-Nov-17

Probable line-ups:

Focus

Daniel Carriço and Nico Pareja are sidelined, while Sergio Escudero is one booking away from suspension.

Michael Krohn-Dehli and Guido Pizarro are vying for a starting role in central midfield against Liverpool.

Simon Kjaer came off the bench at the weekend, which should see him return at centre-back against Liverpool at the expense of Johannes Geis.

A thigh problem kept Joel Matip out of Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton at the weekend and he will miss out here as well.

Adam Lallana is nearing a return to first-team football but hasn’t featured at all this season and will be managed carefully.

Sadio Mane has been dealing with a hamstring injury and may not be risked after starting against Southampton, which could benefit Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dominic Solanke or Daniel Sturridge here.

Joseph Gomez is expected to start at right-back after Trent Alexander-Arnold got the nod on Saturday, while Loris Karius will continue in goal.

Emre Can and James Milner are also pushing for starts here.

Prediction

Sevilla 1-2 Liverpool

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