Real Madrid to face Anderlecht

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Spain's Real Madrid travel to Belgium on Tuesday to face Belgian champions Anderlecht in a Champions' League Group A match. The Spanish club will be hoping to leave their poor domestic away form behind them as they seek to qualify for the next stage. Real Madrid have shown dismal away form in the Spanish Primera Liga so far this season. They were held to a goalless draw over the weekend by Alaves, which sees them in at 16th place in the first division. But they obviously transform themselves for the Champions' League - they have a 100 per cent record after three games. Their last match against Anderlecht at home saw them win 4-1. But in the second leg, Anderlecht may well spring a surprise. The Belgian champions have an amazing record of never having been beaten by a Spanish club at home. And Real can't get any comfort from the statistics at all. The Spanish champions have failed to score a single goal in Belgium in six visits. But if they do break that jinx, then a place in the second round is confirmed. Liverpool have a tough task ahead when they take on Dynamo. And things could not be worse for them as they will be without manager Gerrad Houllier, who is still recuperating from his heart surgery this weekend and of course Michael Owen. The Reds though have the psychological advantage after a their 1-0 win against the Ukrainian side at home. Arsenal will be on a high after their away win to Southampton this weekend in the Premiership. But they are hanging on for dear life in the Champions' League and a loss to Panathinaikos at home on Tuesday could well be the end for them in the first stage. The Greek side had beaten Arsenal 1-0 in Greece in the first leg. Arsenal have had two losses and one win from three matches. Lazio have had a disastrous start to this season, losing all their Champions' League games till now. They are also in 12th place in the Italian Serie A. They face the Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday knowing that anything short of a victory will spell the end of their European campaign. But Lazio will be in a better frame of mind, after their first win of the season over the weekend. The other matches have Lokomotiv Moscow playing host to AS Roma. Portuguese champions Boavista travel to Dortmund and a win for them would confirm their place in stage two. Spanish side Mallorca take on Schalke, while Turkish side Galatasaray play host to French champions Nantes.

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