Gareth Bale will look to add to his goal tally against Copenhagen. Reuters
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Real Madrid will look to finish the Champions League group stages, which they have dominated, on a winning note when they travel to FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti's men are the runaway leaders in Group B and have already ensured progress into the last 16 as winners. Copenhagen cannot qualify for the knockout rounds, but will aim for a third-place finish and with it a place in the Europa League.
The second spot is a straight battle between Galatasaray and Juventus, with the latter only needing a draw to join Real in the pre-quarters.
"We are delighted to be sure of a place in the next round as group winners," Ancelotti said. "I know there are two Italian coaches [Roberto Mancini [Galatasaray] and Antonio Conte [Juventus]] battling for second place, but I have no preference as to who goes through. I am only focused on Real Madrid and this match.
"Copenhagen are a good team with excellent organisation and very strong at home. The results they have managed here in Copenhagen against Juventus and Galatasaray have been very impressive."
Those two results, a 1-1 draw against Juventus, and a 1-0 win over Galatasaray, have not been enough to offset the Danish side's poor away form, which has seen them lose all three of their games.
Real Madrid eased to a 4-0 victory in the reverse tie at the Bernabeu, but Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken is hoping the Spanish giants will take their eye off the ball a little with qualification already sealed.
"It could both be an advantage or a disadvantage that Real Madrid have already qualified," Solbakken said. "They can play without the pressure of needing a win but it could also mean that they lose a bit of concentration. Perhaps it is a small advantage for us, since they are only human.
"If we can keep Real Madrid from hitting us on the break, it will be much harder for them to score. It is easy in theory but harder in practice. I am fairly confident they will field a very strong team since they rested quite a few players this weekend but then, I saw what their 'second string' did against Galatasaray winning 4-1, so they are strong no matter what."
Team news: Copenhagen: Rurik Gislason is a doubt while Daniel Braaten is not expected to feature. Nicolai Jorgensen, though, has a "fair chance" of making it against Real.
Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return from a thigh injury, while Gareth Bale might also feature, after recovering from flu which kept him out of the goalless Copa Del Rey draw against Olimpic, with Xabi Alonso another player who could come back into the side.
Sergio Ramos is suspended, while Fabio Coentrao, Raphael Varane and Sami Khedira are all sidelined.
Where to Watch Live
The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start on early Wednesday morning with live coverage on Ten HD in India. You can live stream the match by clicking HERE. Viewers in the U.S. can catch the action via live streaming HERE. To watch the match in the U.K., click HERE. Viewers in North Africa and the Middle East click HERE.
Expected lineups: Copenhagen: Wiland, Jacobsen, Sigurdsson, Mellberg, Bengtsson, Delaney, Claudemir, Bolanos, Toutouh, Vetokele, Santin.
Real Madrid: Lopez; Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Alonso, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Prediction: 3-0 to Real Madrid
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