Tip Liverpool - Real Madrid
Liverpool eased their pressure at home with a labored win over Aston Villa and will be in a better mental state for their home match against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarters. The Reds needed a last-minute Trent Alexander-Arnold goal to complete a 2-1 comeback win over Villa. Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Liverpool will hope they can step up in a clash against the Spanish champions. The win signals recovery from the earlier slump, being the fourth in a run of five matches and as they seek another big comeback, Mohamed Salah will be very crucial. The Egyptian international scored his fourth goal in five matches in the Villa win and has six in the nine Champions League matches this season. Liverpool needs at least a 2-0 win to advance; they’ve won by two clear goals in just four of their last 13 matches. A first win at Anfield this year will build the needed belief but they need to play better than they did against Villa. They’ve won two of the last five Champions League matches at Anfield – against Midtjylland (2-0) and Ajax (1-0) and these are their only clean sheets at Anfield in the last seven Champions League matches there.
Real Madrid are coming from what could pass as their biggest win of the season, a 2-1 victory in the El Clasico, which sent them to the top of La Liga (at least until Atletico play on Sunday). They’ll be in even better spirits ahead of this game than Liverpool, having picked top form at the most important time of the season. The Spaniards have six straight wins, and are unbeaten in the last 13 matches in all competitions. They’ve lost just once in 15 matches and scored in each of their last 17. However, in their win over Barcelona, they suffered an injury blow with the versatile Lucas Vazquez picking what looked like a knee injury in the first half. With his defensive attributes, at a time Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are out injured is a major blow. Zinedine Zidane had Vinicius Jr, Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema rested after 72 minutes while Marco Asensio came from the bench and are all expected to be fresh enough for the game. Benzema and Asensio have been crucial in attack, jointly scoring nine in the last five matches. Real started their Champions League campaign shakily, but have stabilized well and go here with four straight wins though with just two clean sheets in the nine matches this season. They’ve failed to score in just one of the last seven away matches in the Champions League.
Key points Liverpool - Real Madrid
Real Madrid have one loss in 15 matches.
Liverpool have one win in nine matches at Anfield.
Liverpool have two clean sheets in seven Champions League matches at Anfield.
Real Madrid have two clean sheets in nine Champions League matches.
Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 13 matches.
Conclusion Liverpool - Real Madrid
Both teams posted positive results in their weekend matches and will head here expecting a big fight. Liverpool are getting their act together, and have won four of their last five matches. They are scoring more regularly now and will want to carry this against Real Madrid. Scoring twice and keeping a clean sheet against Real is where the big problem is. Real have been consistent scorers too and here we expect both to score. With the stakes in this game, go for over 2.5 goals.
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Liverpool Real Madrid Prediction published on April 11, 2021