class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The hosts are likely to make changes for the visit of the Moldovan champions, meaning it should be a more low-key affair than many are expecting
Real Madrid welcome Sheriff Tiraspol to the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening in Group D of the Champions League with Carlo Ancelotti’s side clear favourites to record another win.
The 13-time European champions scored late on to record a 1-0 win at Inter on matchday one, while the champions of Moldova claimed a 2-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in their first match in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition.
Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol latest odds
Los Blancos have made a strong start domestically and sit top of La Liga with 17 points after seven matches.
Madrid should be confident heading into Tuesday’s clash and bet365 offer them at 1/9 (1.11) while Sheriff Tiraspol are priced at 18/1 (19.00) to earn what would no doubt be the most famous victory in their history.
The draw is on offer at 9/1 (10.00).
Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol team news
Madrid remain without Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos and Marcelo.
Toni Kroos has been training with the group for the last week and could be ready for his first minutes of the season.
The visitors are without Slovakian striker Lovro Bizjak who is missing through injury, although otherwise they have a relatively clean bill of health.
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Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol preview
Los Blancos are currently on a run of six matches in 18 days, a punishing schedule which will surely see Carlo Ancelotti rotate his squad accordingly.
A home clash against debutants in the competition looks like being the ideal opportunity to rest certain players, although Madrid will of course be keen to secure a victory to edge closer to qualification from the group stage.
Karim Benzema has played almost every minute this season and the 33-year-old could be rested while 36-year-old Luka Modric started at the weekend against Villarreal and should be given the night off.
The hosts should still have too much for their inexperienced opponents although Sheriff showed on matchday one with their win over Shakhtar that they are not just in the group to make up the numbers.
Real Madrid vs Sheriff Tiraspol tips & predictions
Real Madrid to win and score under 3.5 goals is priced at 5/6 (1.83) and looks a smart way to get the hosts onside.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.