Liverpool vs. Real Madrid – Champions League, April 14, 2021
Real Madrid carries a 3-1 lead to Anfield on Wednesday, April 14, meaning Liverpool needs to score at least two goals to qualify for the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Jurgen Klopp’s men netted an important away goal in Spain last week, but the Spanish champions ultimately outclassed them. Can the Reds perform another UCL miracle?
In this Liverpool vs. Real Madrid betting preview, I look at the odds for the second leg and assess both teams’ chances. You will find my Liverpool vs. Real Madrid prediction and pick at the end.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Odds
I’m not going to lie – I was surprised when I saw the prices that 10bet has rolled out for this clash. Sure, Liverpool (1.95) has the home-field advantage, but Anfield is no longer the fortress that it once was.
At first glance, the long odds for both the draw (3.95) and the away win (3.45) stand out to me. Before I make my prediction for Liverpool vs. Real Madrid, let’s take a closer look at the teams.
Can Liverpool Fight Back?
It looked as though Liverpool was heading for yet another home defeat in the Premier League at the weekend. The Reds had lost each of their six EPL matches at Anfield leading up Saturday’s visit of Aston Villa, but they finally managed to stop the rot.
Having gone behind just before half-time, Klopp’s men rallied after the break, with Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s goals eventually turning things around.
Following a dismal run of just three wins in 14 Premier League games, the Merseysiders have now won each of their previous three – pointing towards an upturn in form.
Salah scored with the Reds’ only shot on target in Spain, while their defense was exposed on numerous occasions.
Diogo Jota’s return has clearly given the team a lift, but let’s not forget that Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and Divock Origi remain on the sidelines.
Real Madrid Team Analysis
Los Blancos backed up their dominant display in the first leg by defeating bitter rivals Barcelona on Saturday. Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos bagged the goals in the 2-1 win, giving Madrid the Classico bragging rights.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have only lost one of their last 20 La Liga games, plus a ten-match unbeaten streak – eight wins and two draws – has thrust them back into the title conversation.
Vinicius Junior was the star of the show against Liverpool last week, bagging a brace in the first leg. Marco Asensio also got on the scoresheet, with Real Madrid registering 16 shots against the reining EPL champs.
Having suffered two surprise losses to Shakhtar Donetsk earlier in the campaign, it’s fair to say that the Spanish champions haven’t had it all their own way in the Champions League this term.
That said, Real eased past Atalanta in the previous round (4-1 on aggregate) and will surely be confident of completing the job against Liverpool.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Betting Pick
Real Madrid to Win3.45
Don’t get me wrong, Liverpool’s performances have improved in recent weeks, especially in the EPL. But in my opinion, the relatively low price for the home win offers very little value here.
Real Madrid was by far the better team in the first leg, so I’m backing Zidane’s men to claim another victory on Wednesday. Odds of 3.45 for the away win feel like an opportunity too good to miss.