Liverpool host Real Madrid at Anfield in the second leg of this massive Champions League quarter-final tie. The Spanish champions may hold a clear advantage ahead of this game, but the champions of England have an away goal and are still very much in with a chance of reaching the last four.
Where and when: Anfield – 14 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: BT Sport
Last time: Liverpool briefly rallied through Mohamed Salah’s goal just after half-time, but Vinicius Junior added a second to his earlier opener and Marco Asensio’s strike, as Madrid secured a 3-1 win at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in the first leg.
Liverpool v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Whoever wins this tie between Liverpool and Real Madrid will be presented with a wonderful chance to reach the Champions League final. Porto or, more likely, Chelsea, will await in the semi-finals, but neither of these teams can take their eye off the ball ahead of this return leg.
Madrid showed their superior European experience in the first game in the performances of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, even though it was promising youngster Vinicius who bagged a brace. Real were happy to cede possession to Liverpool at times, but Zinedine Zidane’s tactics of getting the ball forward quickly seemed to take Jurgen Klopp and his players by surprise.
Los Blancos have often excelled as a counter-attacking team in recent years, and this Liverpool side is susceptible to fast breaks, even without more defensive mistakes costing them dearly. Despite seeing less than 46% of the ball, Madrid managed 16 shots on goal to Liverpool’s seven, with Salah’s goal the Reds’ only attempt on target.
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Real Madrid to win 2-1
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Liverpool must improve significantly if they’re to progress on Wednesday night. They’re more than capable of beating this Madrid side 2-0, a result that would see them through with a minimal amount of drama. However, the Anfield factor is almost completely negated by the absence of any fans inside Liverpool’s famous arena.
Klopp’s side have struggled for form all season, with their league form putting their place in next season’s Champions League in doubt. They may need to win the competition to get back into it next term, with participation in the current climate of the pandemic more vital than ever. Whether that creates additional pressure on Wednesday night remains to be seen.
The bookmakers don’t seem to think it’ll deter the hosts too much, with the Premier League outfit the 10/11 favourites in these Liverpool v Real Madrid predictions. Los Blancos are 14/5, while the draw is 3/1 and would of course see Zidane’s team through to yet another semi-final.
Liverpool must win by at least two clear goals to get through, and they are 5/1 to win by exactly two goals. Whether that sees them reach the last four will depend on exactly what score it is, with the home team 21/2 to progress courtesy of a 2-0 victory.
A 3-1 Liverpool win is 14/1 and would take this game to extra-time and potentially penalties. With that in mind, the Reds are 31/10 to qualify for the semis by any method, while Madrid are the 3/11 favourites in that particular market.
One to watch for Liverpool: Mo Salah is one of the few Liverpool players who’s been performing at a level representing something close to his best this season. The Egyptian has a score to settle with Madrid after his injury in the 2018 final, and he is 3/1 in the first scorer market.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the final three years ago, and he is 5/1 to do the same in these Liverpool v Real Madrid tips. The French striker is having a superb season, with his league form helping Madrid back into the La Liga title race.
Long shot: We could be in for some game on Wednesday, especially if there’s an early Liverpool goal. The Reds rarely do things the easy way, and you can back a Salah to score first and Liverpool to win 3-1 scorecast at 56/1, sending the tie to extra-time.