This Champions League quarter-final is a clash of champions, as kings of Spain Real Madrid meet Premier League rulers Liverpool. The first leg at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in Madrid will set the tone of the tie, with both teams hoping to build an advantage ahead of the return at Anfield next week.
Where and when: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – 6 April, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Liverpool: BT Sport
Last time: These clubs haven’t met since their clash in the 2018 Champions League Final, when Real Madrid won an action-packed encounter 3-1.
Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions and Preview
Two European giants come together in this quarter-final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, with a place in the last four against either Porto or Chelsea at stake. If these two legs have half the drama of the final three years ago, we’re going to be in for a treat.
From Sergio Ramos felling Mohamed Salah to Loris Karius’s howlers and Gareth Bale’s breathtaking overhead kick, the 2018 final was an astonishing game of football. It was also Madrid’s third successive victory over Liverpool, after Los Blancos beat the Reds home and away in the Champions League group stages in 2014.
Liverpool are a very different proposition these days, having won this tournament in 2019 and lifting their first ever Premier League crown last term. Jurgen Klopp’s side have suffered a real dip in form and fortunes over the last few months though, winning just seven of their 19 fixtures prior to the recent international break, losing nine.
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That run left the Reds a massive 25 points behind league leaders Manchester City over the break, while Liverpool were also five points behind in-form Chelsea who currently occupy fourth place. The Reds may need to win the Champions League to get back into it next season, piling the pressure onto them coming into this game.
Madrid’s struggles over the course of the campaign pale in comparison to their visitors this week. Zinedine Zidane saw his team start the season poorly after recapturing the title last term, but Los Blancos recovered to move within six points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid during the break.
Real only lost one of their 21 La Liga and Champions League fixtures prior to their home game against Eibar on Saturday, winning 16. That run includes a 3-1 second-leg victory over Atlanta in the last 16 of this competition, following a 1-0 win in the away leg. Madrid are the 17/10 favourites to take an advantage into the second leg of this tie by beating Liverpool on Tuesday.
The visitors are 9/5 in these Real Madrid v Liverpool predictions, which would stand them in great stead ahead of next week’s return on Merseyside. The Reds beat RB Leipzig 2-0 home and away in the last round, and remain a dangerous proposition despite their recent struggles. A draw wouldn’t be a big surprise, and that’s priced at 12/5 with William Hill.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has been a central figure in Madrid’s revival, netting eight goals in six appearances just before the international break. He opened the scoring in the second leg against Atalanta and in the 2018 Champions League Final, and is 15/4 to repeat the trick on Tuesday night.
One to watch for Liverpool: Mo Salah’s shoulder injury was a key moment in that final three years ago. The Egyptian is Liverpool’s top scorer by some distance this season, and he’ll be keen to exact his revenge over Madrid over these two legs. Salah is 7/2 for the opening goal here.
Long shot: Madrid are looking for their fourth straight victory over Liverpool this week. Los Blancos have scored exactly three goals in two of their previous three wins, and they are 21/1 to repeat the 3-1 victory from 2018. With Benzema scoring first again, those odds rise to 94/1 in our Real Madrid v Liverpool tips for this game.