Champions League: Liverpool vs Real Madrid match Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at Anfield (Liverpool).
Real Madrid lead 3-1 against Anfield but the draw is far from over. Liverpool did the impossible against Barcelona in the same place in the 2019 semi-finals.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi were the stars of the show that night with two goals apiece, helping the Reds end the draw 4-3 after a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou. So there is still hope that Real will miss their top three defenders Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal and now flamboyant Lucas Vazquez has made the list.
Jürgen Klopp has to use his tactics here though, as Madrid like to play second fiddle regardless of their opponents and this type of goal line suits their style of play. We have seen a ‘defense first’ approach from the Spaniards. in recent months, the attack starting with penetrating bullets from the middle via Modric and Toni Kroos. The young Brazilian Vinicius Junior is another player who has established himself in recent weeks. His speed was crucial in opening up Liverpool and Barcelona’s defense last week.
Believe the monkey fell off his back after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa this weekend. The Reds fought at Anfield and haven’t won a home win since December 16, 2020.
Still, it’s exciting content for us neutrals, expected targets with the equation to qualify for the next round, with plenty of attacking power on both sides.
Liverpool face to face against Real Madrid
The Reds have secured the second-best place in the last h2h meetings with Real after losing the final in Kiev in 2018 and last week’s first leg to Alfredo Di Stefano 3-1. In the 2014 group stage, they also lost two tackles to the Spanish giants, 1-0 at Santiago Bernabéu and 3-0 at Anfield. There have been four straight H2h wins for Los Blancos.
Liverpool’s triumph came in their first three games, first 1-0 in the 1981 Champions Cup final, then 4-0 at home and 1-0 away in the 2009 round of 16.
Overall, Liverpool have a moderate record against Spanish clubs in La Liga, 15 wins, 12 draws and 16 losses in 43 games. The record remains more or less the same at Anfield with 6 wins, 7 draws and 6 defeats out of 19.
Real Madrid have faced Premier League clubs 41 times, recording 17 wins and 11 draws and losing 13. Away from home the record is a good 6W, 4D, 7L out of 17.
Prediction Liverpool vs Real Madrid
A potential thriller looms and Liverpool have no choice but to score the goals as early as possible. High scoring play with the opponent has made a habit of punishing teams with the fast passing direct attack style. Therefore, the 2.5+ full-time goals are again our top pick for this Champions League duel.
The full-time result can go either way and we won’t touch it even though we feel like the Reds have the upper hand here. But it’s the kind of game when you have two teams with contrasting football style and high quality game winners in their arsenal.
So we take another bet on the goals market and it’s the two teams that score in the second half. We have seen this repeatedly when Madrid face attacking teams. And in the Champions League this year against Inter, Gladbach, Atalanta and the Reds in the first leg.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting tips
Over 2.5 goals to 1.57 odd
Both teams score a goal in the second half with a rate of 2.88.