Real Madrid vs Liverpool – Betting Preview
With a three-goal lead after the first leg of this exciting Round of 16 match, Los Blancos welcome The Reds to the Santiago Bernabeu.
It’s usually a highly anticipated and dramatic matchup when Real Madrid and Liverpool square off. Each time these two European superpowers have faced off, the result has been an exciting spectacle!
Real Madrid Preview
Having won the Champions League a record 14 times, Real Madrid is one of the most successful football teams in history.
Besides from that, they are the current champions after defeating Liverpool by just one goal in 2022, they also won the competition in 2018 and 2020. Despite the fact that the first game was a bit of a lopsided affair, both clubs will be aiming for the win and the tie is far from finished.
Fans from all over the world will be eagerly expecting this match due to the calibre of players on both teams, which promises to be an exciting contest. A victory at home would help Real Madrid advance.
The most serious problem for Madrid is that Benzema is facing an Ankle injury and will most probably miss the encounter. Also due to a groin injury, the squad has been without the central defender David Alaba since the 5-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
Both sides have experienced varying levels of success at home this season. Despite being in second place in the league, Real Madrid displayed their class in the first leg of this match at Anfield, while Liverpool are not playing at their best.
So you see the Real Madrid backline can be penetrated, so even if Liverpool is trailing by three goals after taking the lead early in the last game, they will still be in a rather upbeat frame of mind going into this encounter.
But, Jurgen Klopp must pick his strongest team possible, and that lineup must be configured in a way that will seriously disadvantage their opponents!
Darwin Nunez scored the first goal in the first leg, and despite his erratic play, his style and willingness to play on the spur of the moment may be just what Liverpool needs to come back into the match considering what lies ahead of them.
If nothing else, the Real Madrid backline will know they’ve been in a game. Can Nunez be the latest Liverpool star to drag his team to a historic comeback?
1×2 Betting Odds
Let’s begin analysing the 1×2 market
Last time, despite a promising beginning, Liverpool ultimately lost to Real Madrid at Anfield in the first leg, and given both sides’ previous records, we expect a repeat performance this time around.
Real Madrid are the slight favourites in this @ 2.40.
Real Madrid has lost just one of their last 10 games and has gone undefeated in their last six, whereas Liverpool has only won three of their last ten games.
Liverpool to win this 2nd this leg stands @ 2.96. But even a win might not be enough for the Reds.
The market odds of a stalemate which would see Real Madrid qualify, stands @ 4.10.
Total goals over/under
Let’s check the over/under scenario
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.60.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.50.
Real Madrid has a strong recent record of going north of the 2.5 goal mark, and three of their previous five head-to-head matches have gone over 2.5 goals.
Also, Liverpool will need to come here with an all-out assault approach because they lost the first leg 5-2, which increases the likelihood of a high scoring game.