Liverpool vs Real Madrid predictions for Wednesday’s Champions League contest at Anfield. Can Liverpool produce another European miracle to overturn a first-leg deficit against Real? Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Both Teams To Score and Over 2.5 Match Goals
- Over 2.5 goals were scored and both teams notched in five of Real Madrid’s last six matches.
- Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first-leg last week.
- Liverpool have won only two of their last ten matches at Anfield.
- Real Madrid are unbeaten in 13 games in all competitions.
Liverpool have a mountain to climb
Supporters at Anfield have witnessed some remarkable turnarounds and incredible evenings of Champions League action in recent seasons, but with the Kop empty and Liverpool bang out of form, the chances of another miracle on Merseyside against Real Madrid on Wednesday look slim.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were out-classed in their 3-1 first-leg reverse in Spain last week, and in truth, Liverpool were a little fortunate to avoid an even heavier defeat after a display heavily dusted with individual errors.
The Reds’ entire campaign hinges on Wednesday’s return fixture in what is undoubtedly their biggest game of the season, however, a patched-up defence incapable of keeping clean sheets could scupper their chances again.
Real in confident mood
Real Madrid meanwhile, will travel to Liverpool armed with buckets of self-belief following an impressive run of 11 wins and two draws from their last 13 assignments.
Los Blancos followed up their 3-1 first-leg triumph over the Reds with a confidence-galvanising 2-1 El Classico victory over bitter rivals Barcelona on Saturday, where German pass-master Toni Kroos was once again the star of the show.
Real have defensive absentees of their own to contend with ahead of Wednesday’ second-leg, though they showed in their win over Liverpool in Spain that they can cope better with injury issues a little better than their English opponents.
Stick to goals markets at Anfield
Liverpool’s defensive injury problems have been well-documented this season, and stand-ins Nathanial Phillips and Ozan Kabak looked worryingly below standard in the Reds’ first-leg defeat in Madrid last week.
That same centre back pairing is likely to be deployed by Jurgen Klopp in Wednesday’s return fixture, and that spells trouble for the hosts.
A clean sheet is imperative if Liverpool are to stand a chance of clawing their way back into the tie, though the Reds have shut-out visitors to Anfield just twice in their last 11 attempts in all competitions.
Klopp’s charges have the guile to and class to create chances against Real on Wednesday, though their lacklustre defending at the other end could undo any good work produced further up the pitch.
Liverpool’s high-calibre attack and leaky backline is a recipe for goals, and the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score combination jumps out at a price worth backing as a result, while our 2-2 correct score prediction tips the Reds to endure more Anfield heartache.
The Merseysiders have won just twice in their last ten fixtures on home soil, and in-form Real should be able to take advantage of their host’s deficiencies at the back to avoid defeat. That, along with the potential for plenty of goals, is the theme of our 21/1 Liverpool vs Real Madrid bet builder.