Real Madrid v Basel: Predicted line-ups & preview
Possible line ups
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kroos, James, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema
Basel: Vaclik, Safari, Samuel, Schar, Calla, Taulant, Xhaka, Ghasi, Gonzalez, Frei, Delgado, Streller
Real Madrid begin the defence of their Champions League crown at home against FC Basel on Tuesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti has a near fully-fit squad to select from for Los Blancos, although midfielder Sami Khedira and right-back Daniel Carvajal are expected to miss out with injuries.
Yet while Real’s squad is largely in rude health, on the pitch they simply are not performing. Back to back defeats in their last two games have lead doom-mongers to fear Madrid’s title chase is already over (Real have never won the league after losing 2 of their opening 3 games), and speculation that Cristiano Ronaldo may leave the club keep getting louder.
Saying that, the Madridistas still have an incredible team at their disposal. Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been be joined by James Rodriguez, while Luka Modric and Toni Kroos offer stability in midfield.
Meanwhile, the Swiss Super League champions Basel, who are coached by Paulo Sousa, should include Walter Samuel within their starting lineup.
Essential facts and stats to help for online betting
Real Madrid won all six of their home Champions League matches last term.
Los Blancos have a 100% winning record against Swiss clubs, scoring 42 goals and conceding just two in 10 meetings.
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