Santi Solari’s side will also be after a degree of revenge, having lost 1-0 to the Russians back in October in one of the upsets of the tournament thus far.
CSKA failed to build on that victory, however, and have already been eliminated. Meanwhile, a shock loss to Viktoria Plzen two weeks ago means they have to take something from Spain to stand a chance of playing in the Europa League in the spring.
|Game||Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow|
|Date||Wednesday, December 12|
|Time||5:55pm GMT / 12:55pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
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|UK TV channel||Online stream|
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Squads & Team News
|Position||Real Madrid players|
|Goalkeepers||Navas, Courtois, Casilla, Zidane|
|Defenders||Carvajal, Vallejo, Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Reguilon, Odriozola, Adri, Sanchez, Lopez|
|Midfielders||Casemiro, Llorente, Kroos, Modric, Ceballos, Alarcon, Valverde, Seoane, Franchu|
|Forwards||Bale, Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio, Diaz, Junior, Perez|
Casemiro is working his way back to fitness after an ankle issue and could make his return in this match, but Toni Kroos is definitely sidelined.
Nacho and Mariano Diaz are also missing.
With top spot in the group already secured, a degree of rotation in the starting XI is likely.
Possible Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Llorente, Ceballos; Vazquez, Benzema, Bale.
|Position||CSKA Moscow players|
|Goalkeepers||Pomazun, Kyrnats, Akinfeev|
|Defenders||Fernandes, Chernov, Vasin, Nababkin, Magnusson, Schennikov, Becao|
|Midfielders||Vlasic, Dzagoev, Efremov, Sigurdsson, Kuchaev, Bistrovic, Bijol, Makarov, Pukhov, Tiknizyan, Gordyushenko, Akhmetov, Khosonov, Oblyakav|
|Forwards||Chalov, Hernandez, Nishimura, Zhamaletdinov, Zhironkin|
CSKA are troubled by a number of injury problems, including star midfielder Alan Dzagoev. Viktor Vasin and Ilzat Akhmetov are also missing.
Rodrigo Becao was stretchered off at the weekend and seems highly unlikely to play any role, but Ivan Oblyakov should return.
Possible CSKA Moscow starting XI: Akinfeev; Nababkin, Chernov, Magnusson; Fernandes, Bistrovic, Vlasic, Schennikov; Efremov, Sigurdsson; Chalov
Betting & Match Odds
Real Madrid are 2/9 favourites, according to bet365. CSKA Moscow are long shots at 12/1, while a draw is 13/2.
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A second-minute goal from Nikola Vlasic gave CSKA Moscow a stunning 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in October, and though that effort propelled the three-time defending Champions League winners into a state of crisis, they have now come out the other side.
Head coach Julen Lopetegui was a high-profile casualty, but the Spaniards are looking as strong as ever under new boss Santi Solari, who has overseen eight victories in nine matches.
Sunday’s 1-0 win over Huesca may have been described as “ugly” by Solari, but he praised his players for coming through a tricky “test of character”.
With Los Blancos’ Club World Cup campaign to start in a week in the UAE and a vital league match against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend, this dead rubber is unlikely to be top of the coach’s agenda.
Due to Madrid’s head-to-head advantage over Roma, their 12 points will be sufficient to seal top spot in the group regardless of what happens at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, but this is a team playing with renewed pride nevertheless.
CSKA, meanwhile, can focus their full attention on this encounter before Russian football shuts down for the winter, beginning again only in March.
Although Viktor Goncharenko’s side beat bottom side Yenisey 2-1 on Saturday, the performance level was poor, and only a missed penalty from their opponents prevented an embarrassing loss of points.
A positive result at the Bernabeu would quickly render that forgotten, however.