Real Madrid host CSKA Moscow in the second leg of the Round-of-16 Champions League match on Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu after a 1-1 result on Feb. 21.
The match starts at 3:45 EST and can be seen on FOX Soccer Channel, and online at FoxSoccer2Go.
In the first leg, Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid ahead in the first half with a 28th minute strike that really deserved a better effort from goalkeeper Sergey Chepchugov.
The score would remain that way until the dying moments of the match when Pontus Wernbloom volleyed the ball into the net from about seven yards out.
This time CSKA Moscow will have the daunting task of trying to score on Real Madrid's turf. Los Galacticos have been on a roll lately, having won their last 11 La Liga matches.
CSKA Moscow have been successfull on the road. The Russian club have just one loss in their 12 road matches, having three wins and eight draws.
Still, head coach Leonid Chepchugov is not optimisitic about his chances.
There's a low probability [of victory],'' Chepchugov told Sport-Express. But sometimes miracles happen, and we hope that we will be able to produce a miracle like that.''
Real Madrid has had it's share of distractions lately. There is speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho may return to the Premier League should Real Madrid win La Liga and make a great run in Champions League. The Special One left Inter Milan following an unexpected Champions League title two years ago.
Our confidence is high and we fear nothing and no one,'' Mourinho told a press conference.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has recovered from a groin injury and is exected back in the lineup. However, full back Fabio Coentrao and winger Angel Di Maria remain sidelined.
CSKA Moscow will have star playmaker Keisuke Honda back in the lineup. The 25-year-old Japanese star is the main catalyst for the club's attack.
G: CasillasD: Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, MarceloM: Khedira, Alonso, Ozil, Kaka, RonaldoF: Benzema
G: ChepchugovD: A Bere'ski, V Bere'ski, Igna'vich, Schennikov M: Wernbloom, Mamaev, Dzagoev, Honda, MusaF: Doumbia
PREDICTION: Real Madrid will attack early and often and it will be Kaka who should garner the most attention as the Brazilian is always eager to prove his worth in international matches. Expect Real Madrid to score a pair of first half goals, and settle into a counter attack mode in the second half. CSKA Moscow have a legitimate scoring threat in Alan Dzagoev, and he will need to receive some quality chances if he expects to get by Iker Casillas and a pair of hard-nosed central defenders.
PREDICTED SCORE: Real Madrid over CSKA Moscow, 3-1