Lyon v Real Madrid
Raul – rested for the club’s 3 – 2 league defeat at home to Celta Vigo over the weekend- is expected to return to Reel’s starting line up for tonight’s Group F clash, in the absence of the suspended Ronaldo.
Les Meringues will also be without Zinedene Zidane, who is recovering from a groin strain, and there are lingering doubts over the fitness of both David Beckham and defender Francisco Pavon, both of whom were substituted during the Celta match.
Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo is expected to hand Champions League debuts to three of his new summer signings: Brazilian duo Julio Baptista and Robinho, and ex-Sevilla defender Segio Ramos.
Despite scoring two goals at the weekend, Lyon’s new striker Fred looks set to drop to the bench, making way for Sylvain Wiltord, who will probably partner John Carew in a 4-4-2 formation.
Last season’s quarter finalists have only one injury concern, that of defender – and captain -Cris, who has recently sustained a knee injury.