Liverpool makes the journey to the Spanish capital to face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday. Our sportsbook offers the best markets and bonuses for the UCL.
Real Madrid: Clinical in Front of Goal
Three weeks ago, Real Madrid inflicted a record European home defeat on the Reds when they ran out 5-2 winners at Anfield. The scoreline was all the crazier when you remember Liverpool went up two goals in a rocket-fueled start to the game. The second half was a one-way demolition as Real went ahead through a combination of Eder Militao’s header and shambolic Liverpool defending.
Seemingly exhausting all of their match-winning energy at Anfield, the reigning La Liga champions failed to prevail in their three subsequent domestic showdowns, including a 1-0 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal. They returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 win over Espanyol at the weekend.
From the last 27 times that Real has won the first leg of a Champions League tie away from home, they have progressed in 26 of them. Los Blancos have shown a bit of vulnerability at the back of late and have just one clean sheet in their last five, and they conceded first in a 3-1 win over Espanyol at the weekend.
This tie may struggle to match the seven-goal tally from the first leg, but we should still see plenty of goal-mouth action. So if you’re betting online, you should once again expect many goals. Missing out against Espanyol as a precaution due to an ankle concern, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has since re-joined his teammates for full training and is expected to lead the line at Anfield.
Liverpool: One Hot, One Cold
This season could be one of the worst in recent years for Liverpool. They are sitting sixth in the standings in the English Premier League, with a realistic chance to miss the continental European competitions next season. Currently, Liverpool has two points less than Newcastle but has played one more game.
The Reds are already knocked out of the EFL and FA Cup and have no chance of winning the Premier League. The Champions League is the only competition where they could win the title. After losing 5-2 in England against Real Madrid, those chances look very slim. The Reds will have to score at least three goals, so we can expect a very offensive approach since they have little to lose in this match.
Liverpool destroyed Man United two weeks ago, showing how dangerous they can be, but they immediately lost to Bournemouth. The lack of consistency is why we won’t include them in our soccer picks and parlays. Jurgen Klopp still has the absences of Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara, Calvin Ramsay and Joe Gomez to factor in for the trip to the Bernabeu. The former could return to team training this week but will not be considered for selection until after the international break.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Head-to-Head
There were seven goals in the first leg as Real claimed a 5-2 win. The Reds have only conceded once in four games since that humbling at Anfield as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth over the weekend. They have scored nine themselves, however, and seven of those came in their incredible 7-0 victory over Manchester United. Real Madrid scored eight goals in the last three La Liga home games. On the other side, Liverpool scored at least two goals in five of the previous seven games.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Match Information
- Match: Real Madrid (5-1-1) vs Liverpool (5-0-2)
- Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid
- Day/Time: Wednesday, March 15, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Real Madrid vs Liverpool Live Stream: fubo TV
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Betting Lines
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Picks and Prediction
Los Blancos enter this clash as slight favorites being priced at +130 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
With Liverpool forced to enter this clash all guns blazing, Los Blancos should get chances on the break and they will welcome back Benzema, who scored twice in the first leg after he missed the win over Espanyol with an ankle injury.
Real deserved to win at Anfield, but the margin of victory perhaps flattered them a bit and we should see a better showing from the Reds in the Spanish capital. We expect a high-scoring match with goals from both sides.
Real Madrid are listed at +130 in our Vegas Champions League lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Real Madrid, you have a chance to win $130. The Liverpool are +185, offering a chance to win $185 on a $100 wager. The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Real Madrid a 43.48% chance to win, with Liverpool at 35.09%.