Real Madrid will welcome debutants Sheriff to Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night for the matchday 2 clash of UEFA Champions League 2021-22.
We look at a few stats for the match prediction.
Real Madrid have won their first big challenge in the Champions League as they defeated defending Serie A champions Inter Milan in their backyard. It was not a very convincing victory for sure as Madrid had to wait till 89 minutes for the solitary winner. They managed only two shots on target for the whole match and Inter Milan were the team who came closer to scoring most times only to be kept at bay by Thibaut Courtois.
Rodrygo has been the only scorer for Real Madrid while the Spaniards have yielded a low xG of 1.37 from the match.
Sheriff have had a great start to their Champions League journey with a 2-0 victory over Shaktar Donetsk. They had an xG of 1.21 but overperformed it by scoring two goals by a bit. They will face their biggest challenge against the 13 times UCL winners on Tuesday.
Sheriff were defensively very strong over the pitch in the first match-winning a total of 65 defensive duels, the most in the tournament yet. If they can defend well, they can try to hit Madrid on the break.
Madrid were a little vulnerable in the first match with Inter Milan creating four clear goal scoring chances. Thibaut Courtois had an impressive match on the goal line and had to bail them out on all occasions.
Real Madrid were not very comfortable in attack and failed to enter the penalty area against a strong Inter defence but since then they have scored five goals against Celta Vigo and hammered Mallorca 6-1 at home in the mid-week La Liga match. Karim Benzema is in the form of his life and Sheriff defence have to give more than 100% to stop him.
There are no injuries in the squad of Real before the Villarreal match on weekend except Toni Kroos and if there are no major injury scares, all of the players will be available for selection in the Champions League for Carlo Ancelotti.
Looking at the fiery form Real Madrid are in, we predict a 3-0 victory for the hosts.