UEFA Champions League – Liverpool vs Real Madrid – 22/10/14

UEFA Champions League

Today, 22nd of October, 2014, Liverpool will host Real Madird at Anfield, Liverpool, on Match Day 3 of the UEFA Champions League.

The two sides have met twice before in the Champions League, in 2009 in the Round of 16, with Liverpool defeating Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate.¬†Before that they met in 1981 in the Final of the European Champions Clubs’ Cup, with Liverpool defeating Real Madrid 1-0 on that occasion.

Liverpool come in to this match with a form guide of L,W,D,L,W,W across all club competitions, while Real Madrid have won their last 6 matches across all club competitions.

Liverpool will be without defender Jon Flanagan and forward Daniel Sturridge due to injury, while another defender, Mamadou Sakho, will undergo a fitness test.

Real Madrid have a host of players likely to be unavailable, most notably midfielder Gareth Bale. Also missing from their match day squad will be defender Abner and forward Jese, with two noted defenders in Fabio Coentrao and Sergio Ramos under a fitness cloud.

Liverpool’s recent form has been indifferent to say the least, and their win on Sunday against bottom placed EPL club Queens Park Rangers came in the 95th minute. Their enigmatic forward Mario Balotelli needs to start delivering for the Reds if he is to have a long term future at the club.

The Real Madird juggernaut rolls on, with the club going undefeated in their last 7 matches across all competitions. The reigning UEFA champions are looking to become the first ever team to successfully defend their title, and a win here will be another step forward towards that goal.

Prediction & Tip

Liverpool fans will be hoping for a good performance, but we feel if either team here has an advantage it is Real Madrid. Bet365 are offering 1/5 for a Real Madrid Win/Draw, which is where our money will be.