REAL MADRID v DYNAMO KIEV
Suspensions: Walter Samuel (one-match ban)
Injuries: David Beckham (ribs), Jonathan Woodgate (thigh)
Doubtful: Guti (thigh)
Suspensions: Maris Verpakovskis (one-match ban)
Real Madrid: 1-Iker Casillas; 2-Michel Salgado, 22-Francisco Pavon, 6-Ivan Helguera, 3-Roberto Carlos; 10-Luis Figo, 14-Guti, 5-Zinedine Zidane, 7-Raul, 11-Michael Owen, 9-Ronaldo
Dynamo Kiev: 1-Olexander Shovkovsky; 3-Serhiy Fyodorov, 17-Tiberiu Ghioane, 26-Andriy Nesmachny, 32-Goran Gavrancic; 4-Rodolfo, 8-Valentin Belkevich, 14-Andriy Husin, 15-Diogo Rincon, 37-Ayila Yussuf; 9-Kleber
Referee: Gilles Veissiere (France)
Wins: Real Madrid 2 Dynamo Kiev 1 Draws 3
EC: QF 7.3.73 Dynamo Kiev 0 Real Madrid 0
21.3.73 Real Madrid 3 Dynamo Kiev 0
CL: QF 3.3.99 Real Madrid 1 Dynamo Kiev 1
17.3.99 Dynamo Kiev 2 Real Madrid 0
CL: G2 24.11.99 Dynamo Kiev 1 Real Madrid 2
14.3.00 Real Madrid 2 Dynamo Kiev 2
* Raul's two goals against AS Roma in the last match have brought him to within two goals of former Real striker Alfredo Di Stefano's European Cup record of 49.
* Dynamo have never lost in the Champions League in Spain where they have twice drawn with Real and also defeated Barcelona 4-0.
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BAYER LEVERKUSEN v AS ROMA
Suspensions: Andriy Voronin (one-match ban).
Injuries: Radoslaw Kaluzny (head), Daniel Bierofka (back).
Suspensions: Philippe Mexes (second of two-match ban).
Injuries: Ivan Pelizzoli (groin), Olivier Dacourt (knee), Cristian Chivu (foot), Damiano Tommasi (knee).
Doubtful: Mido (back)
Bayer Leverkusen: 1-Hans-Joerg Butt; 25-Bernd Schneider, 5-Jens Nowotny, 3-Roque Junior, 35-Diego Placente; 28-Carsten Ramelow, 10-Paul Freier, 7-Robson Ponte, 16-Jacek Krzynowek; 9-Dimitar Berbatov, 11-Franca
Roma: 12-Carlo Zotti; 2-Christian Panucci, 8-Matteo Ferrari, 31-Traianos Dellas, 25-Leandro Cufre; 30-Mancini, 4-Daniele De Rossi, 20-Simone Perrotta; 10-Francesco Totti, 9-Vincenzo Montella, 18-Antonio Cassano.
Referee: Eric Poulat (France)
No previous meetings
* Bayer have a modest record against Italian clubs and have lost at home to two of their last three Italian opponents - Inter Milan and Udinese.
* Roma's only draw in 21 games against German opponents was more than 45 years ago against Hanover in the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1959.
Champions League matches in Group C
LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Team news and probable line-ups ahead of Tuesday's matches in Champions League Group C:
JUVENTUS v BAYERN MUNICH
Injuries: David Trezeguet (shoulder)
Doubtful: Alessandro Del Piero (tendonitis)
Injuries: Alexander Zickler (leg), Roque Santa Cruz
(knee), Claudio Pizarro (back)
Probable teams: Juventus: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 27-Jonathan Zebina, 21-Lilian Thuram, 28-Fabio Cannavaro, 19-Gianluca Zambrotta; 16-Mauro Camoranesi, 8-Emerson, 20-Manuele Blasi; 11-Pavel Nedved; 9-Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 25-Marcelo Zalayeta.
Bayern Munich: 1-Oliver Kahn; 4-Samuel Kuffour, 3-Lucio, 25-Thomas Linke, 20-Hasan Salihamidzic; 16-Jens Jeremies, 8-Torsten Frings, 13-Michael Ballack, 11-Ze Roberto; 9-Vahid Hashemian, 10-Roy Makaay
Referee: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (Spain)
Head-to-head record: No previous meetings
* Incredibly, Juventus and Bayern, two of the giants of European soccer, have never before met in a European club competition. Juventus have played 338 European games and Bayern 296.
* It is only the second time Bayern have been drawn against an Italian team since losing to AC Milan in the 1989-90 European Cup semi-finals.
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AJAX AMSTERDAM v MACCABI TEL AVIV
Injuries: Tomas Galasek (back)
Doubtful: Rafael van der Vaart (thigh), Nigel de Jong (bruised breastbone), Wesley Sneijder (shin); Mauro Rosales (groin), Yannis Anastasiou (thigh)
MACCABI TEL AVIV
Ajax Amsterdam: 1-Bogdan Lobont; 2-Hatem Trabelsi, 3-Johnny Heitinga, 16-Nigel de Jong, 5-Maxwell; 8-Steven Pienaar, 12-Anthony Obodai, 18-Wesley Sneijder, 10-Rafael van der Vaart; 7-Mauro Rosales, 17-Yannis Anastasiou
Maccabi Tel Aviv: 1-Liran Strauber; 17-John Pantsil, 23-Marcio Giovanini, 2-Avi Strool, 3-Salem Abo-Siam; 7-Bruno Reis, 5-Moshe Mishaelof, 19-Tamir Cohen, 11-Erez Mesika; 18-Ishmael Addo, 25-Emile Mbamba.
Referee: Eduardo Iturraide Gonzalez (Spain)
No previous meetings
* Ajax lost their only previous home game to Israeli opposition, going down 0-1 to Hapoel Haifa in the UEFA Cup five years ago - though they had already won the first leg 3-0.
* Maccabi still await their first Champions League goal. Excluding their 3-0 forfeit victory over PAOK Salonika in this season's qualifiers, Maccabi have scored just five goals in their last nine European games.
MADRID, Oct 18 (SW) – After a horrendous start to the season, Real Madrid will look to cast away their doubters when they host Group B leaders Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Despite a comeback 4-2 win over AS Roma in their last Champions League game, that was the only time this season that Madrid have scored more than one goal in a game. Kiev are coming off of a 4-2 win of their own over Bayer Leverkusen on the last matchday.
Real Madrid will be without midfielder and free-kick specialist David Beckham, who fractured a rib in England’s World Cup qualifying match against Wales. Also missing is central defender Walter Samuel, who is suspended after picking up his second yellow card of the competition against Roma.
There is one huge absence for Dynamo Kiev, who will be without Latvia striker Maris Verpakovskis. Verpakovskis, like Samuel, received his second yellow card against Leverkusen and is suspended. They will enjoy the return of captain Vladimir Belkevich after a back injury.
In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen play host to group cellar dwellers Roma in what could be a make or break game for the Italians.
The absences certainly do not favor the visitors who will be without defender Philippe Mexes, who will serve the second of his two-game ban. Also injured are goalkeeper Ivan Pelizzoli (groin) and Olivier Dacourt (knee). Egyptian midfielder Mido is also questionable with a back injury.
Leverkusen look to rebound from their loss to Kiev and another disappointing showing in the Bundesliga on the weekend, but will do it without Andriy Voronin who is suspended. Also absent will be Radoslaw Kaluzny (head) and Daniel Bierofka (back).
The match will be historic as the two teams have never faced each other in competition.
TURIN, Oct 18 (SW) – Two former European champions will square off on Tuesday in Champions League Group C as Juventus play host to Bayern Munich at the Delle Alpi with the winner going top of the group.
Amazingly, the two teams have never met in competition before despite their rich European tradition.
Serie A leaders Juve defeated Messina on Saturday to remain top of the heap in Italy, but Munich were defeated at home by Schalke over the weekend, not the result that Felix Magath wanted heading into this encounter.
Neither side has any suspended players, but Juve will be without the still-injured David Trezeguet and possibly striker Alessandro Del Piero, who is struggling with tendonitis.
Bayern have a trio of injury woes in Roque Santa Cruz (knee), Claudio Pizarro (back), and Alexander Zickler (leg). Also, neither team has anyone in danger of missing the next match if they are booked on Tuesday night.
There is another match in Group C on Sunday as Ajax play host to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, both in search of their first win of the Champions League season.
Much like Bayern and Juve, Ajax and Maccabi have never met prior to Tuesday and the Dutch will be desperate to overcome their 3-1 home loss to Heerenveen over the weekend.
While Maccabi will have a full-strength side to face Ajax, the Dutch champions will not be so fortunate. Tomas Galasek is for sure out with a back injury while Ronald Koeman is not certain over the fitness of Rafael van der Vaart, Yannis Anastasiou, Wesley Sneijder, Mauro Rosales and Nigel de Jong.
ISTANBUL/PRAHA, Oct 18 (SW) – In-form French outfit Olympique Lyonnais make a difficult trip to Turkish defending champions Fenerbahce while Sparta Praha host Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United on Tuesday night in the Group D of this year’s Champions League.
Unbeaten in both domestic and European competitions this term, Olympique Lyonnais will be looking for yet another good result away to Turkish side Fenerbahce. Boosted by their latest 4-0 league win at the weekend against Caen, nothing looks like stopping the French defending champions. But Paul Le Guen and his men will expect a tough encounter against a Turkish side they have never met before.
Thrashed 6-2 by Manchester United three weeks ago, Fenerbahce are far from out of the competition, only trailing Man United and Lyon by a single point. And the hosts will be counting on the support of 46,000 fans and the vital experience of Pierre van Hooijdonk and Marcio Nobre to really turn the heat on the Rhone side.
Meanwhile, Manchester United will be willing to extend Sparta Praha’s losing streak, the Czech side having yet to collect any point in this 2004/05 Champions League. Having secured their top spot in the Czech domestic table with a convincing 2-0 win over Slavia in the ever-commited Praha derby, Tuesday’s Champions League hosts know a defeat against Manchester United would rule out any chance of progressing in the competition.
But the task ahead of the Czechs is likely to be a tough one, as Manchester United, who will have to do without Rio Ferdinand (attending a family funeral) and Roy Keane (ill), welcome back into action Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, all unavailable at the weekend during their side’s goalless draw away to Birmingham City.
England international prodigy Rooney will be looking for a repeat performance, having made his United debut more than a winning one by scoring a hat-trick against Fenerbahce three weeks ago.
LIVERPOOL/MONACO, Oct 18 (SW) – Rafael Benitez’ Liverpool host current table bottom Deportivo La Coruna while Monaco host Greek outfit Olympiacos on Tuesday night for the third round of this Champions League Group A.
The Reds’ European campaign having kicked off with a convincing 2-0 win over Monaco, Liverpool were left disappointed as they were defeated a fortnight later by current table leaders Olympiacos (1-0).
Back in action on Tuesday night against a side he knows so well, Rafael Benitez will be hoping his team can collect all three points against a Deportivo side desperate to get a result in Anfield. Semi-finalists in the same competition last year, the Spaniards could have wished for a better start, as they only collected a point out of their first two games.
But since Deportivo’s humiliating 1-5 defeat against Valencia in the Spanish league, Deportivo have been unbeaten domestically, sealing their last two games with wins including a 1-0 win away to Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.
But it will be far from easy for the Spanish outfit to tackle a Liverpool side, supported by a full Anfield stadium and more than confident after a convincing 2-4 win away to Fulham at the weekend in the Premiership.
Meanwhile, Monaco will be hoping they can repeat their Deportivo performance (2-0 three weeks ago) on current table leaders Olympiacos at the Louis II stadium. Held 1-1 by Metz at the weekend, Monaco will however welcome the return of Zikos, Maicon and Rodriguez all unavailable in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday night. Saviola will also make his return to action, and should remain the main danger upfront. French international defender Gael Givet is likely to be rested against the Greek side.
Olympiacos will have to do without Tasos Pantos, the defender serving a suspension during the Monaco clash. Goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis and defender Grigoris Georgatos make their return to action after domestic suspension.
Winners 1-0 at the very same Louis II stadium back in 1992, Olympiacos will be looking for a surprise result away to Monaco, to comfort their current Group A leaders’ status.(Alphasoccer, Soccerway)