A matchup that we’ve seen go down during in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League finals returns. This time, it’s for a pass to the finals. Can Real Madrid punch their ticket to another final? Or can Liverpool take down the most successful team in the history of the tournament?
The last encounter between this two ended 3-1, with Real Madrid taking their 13th title of the competition. But for the 2018-19 season, Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0, giving them their 6th championship. They stand in third as most titles won, tied with Bayern Munich and just one less than Milan, who currently have seven.
It’s time do dive into Game 1 of Real Madrid vs. Liverpool, along with the latest 2021 Champions League odds, betting trends and expert preview. You can check out this and many more soccer odds in our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Game Info
- When: Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 | 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Anfield, Liverpool, England
- TV: Fox Sports / ESPN / Facebook
- Live Stream: UEFA.tv
- Champions League Odds Odds: Real Madrid +149 / 0.0 (-130) / Over 2.5 (-111) | Liverpool +169 / 0.0 (+106) / Under 2.5 (-111) | Draw +239
Why is Real Madrid a safe bet in Game 1?
This is the 51st campaign for Los Merengues. It also marks Madrid’s 17th appearance in the quarterfinals, making them Spain’s lone representative in the last eight campaigns during this century.
They come into this game having won the first leg in eight of the last nine Champions League knockout ties. The only one they lost was against Manchester City during the Round of 16 last season.
Players such as Karim Benzema has scored in three encounters against Liverpool during the Champions League, with a total of four goals. Luka Modric has been able to assist in each of the last two tournament matches. If he does it again in this matchup, he’ll become the oldest plater to do so in three consecutive games since Ryan Giggs in April 2011 when playing for Manchester United.
- Form: DWWWW
- Latest: Win, 2-0 vs. Eibar (03/04)
- Current Standing:: 2nd Place of La Liga
Why is Liverpool a safe bet in Game 1?
The Reds head into this game having lost the last three matchups against Real Madrid. It was only in the previous two encounters during the 2008-09 campaign where they obtained a win against them during the Round of 16, which ended 5-0 in the aggregate.
In fact, Liverpool has only won two of the last 12 games against a Spanish team, with two draws and eight losses. This includes a 3-1 loss against Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League finals and the 2018 Champions League finals, which we mentioned previously.
Sadio Mané is the player to watch for, as he’s scored 19 goals in 40 games. He could become the third player in club history to score 20 goals during a Europa League or Champions League. The other two player to complete that feat are Mohamed Salah with 24 goals and Steven Gerrard with 21.
- Form: LLWWW
- Latest: Win, 3-0 vs. Arsenal (03/04)
- Current Standing:: 6th Place of Premier League
- Thiago Alcántara
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Champions League Betting Trends
- Real Madrid has won all three previous encounters.
- Real Madrid has scored two or more goals in the last three games.
- Real Madrid has scored eight goals in the last three games.
- Liverpool has conceded one goal in the last three games.
- Liverpool has won only one of the last six home games.
- Atletico has won the last three away games.
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Betting Prediction
After coming off a great performance in the Round of 16, both teams definitely have the power to score plenty. Though the group phase benefited Liverpool, since they had slightly better performance.
Taking into consideration their recent history, there’s no doubt Liverpool wants to even the score in their series. Real Madrid seems to have more difficulties to prevent goals scored against, so the Reds could have the extra edge in this home, especially playing at home.
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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.