Ajax vs Real Madrid clash will see Los Blancos continue their Champions League title defense as they battle Dutch League giants Ajax Amsterdam at Johan Cruijff Arena on Wednesday night.
Despite their struggles at the start of the season, Los Blancos progressed to the round of 16 with 12 points after six matches.
Three points better than Italian side AS Roma, and they are expected to put up an impressive performance to secure their passage to the next round of the championship.
Santiago Solari's men recently climbed to second position on the Spanish League table following their 3-1 win over city rivals Atletico Madrid over the weekend.
Though, they are six points adrift of Barcelona on the log, they will be hoping the Catalans drop points so they can catch up.
Having won the last three editions of the championship, Madrid are chasing their fourth triumph in Europe and that means they will have to conquer Ajax first before moving to the next phase.
Coach Erik ten Hag's men are also second on the Dutch League table and are not alien to the competition, after winning the title four times - their last being in the 1994-95 season.
They are however expected to give Los Blancos a run for their money owing to the fact that they will have the full compliments of their fans during the game.
Below are the possible ways the two teams could line up for the epic clash which will see one of the teams crash out of the tourney at this stage.
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Ajax: Onana; Mazraoui, De Ligt, Blind, Tagliafico; De Jong, Van de Beek, Schöne; Ziyech, Dolberg, Tadić.
With Boureima Hassane Bande totally ruled out of the game due to the calf injury he sustained earlier this season, while the duo of Tagliafico (knee) and Magallán (leg) remain doubtful.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Reguilón; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Vinícius.
Isco will miss the clash due to back injury and Llorente yet to recover from the adductor injury he suffered.
Captain Sergio Ramos stands a chance of missing the next game if he gets in the referee's wrong book while Vallejo (hamstring), Varane (flu) are unsure for the match.
- Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena
- Time: 21:00 (9pm) Nigerian time
- Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Real Madrid have reached semifinals eight consecutive seasons, while their hosts are just returning to the of 16 for first time since 2005/06.
The Galacticos have also won their last six matches against the Dutch side with their meeting in December 2012.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Real Madrid moved to second position on La Liga table following their 3-1 win over rivals Atletico Madrid over the weekend.
Casemiro, Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale scored a goal each to hand Los Blancos maximum victory with Antonio Griezmann's lone strike ended up a consolation.
They are now six points adrift of Barcelona who are topping the log with 51 points after 23 league matches.
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