The Champions League doesn’t get much more glamorous than Liverpool v Real Madrid, the two sides boasting 15 wins between them and a further five finals to boot. Real Madrid start as favourites here but they haven’t beaten the Reds in three games in this competition, losing all three without mustering a single goal.
Few would expect that final stat to continue here, such is the embarrassment of riches Real boast in the attacking positions. The home side are without a clean sheet in six games at Anfield this term and have conceded in both their Champions League games thus far, so it’s hard to imagine how they cope with Cristiano Ronaldo and his goal-hungry colleagues. Anfield creates a brilliant atmosphere on these big European nights though but even so, the home side seem up against it here.
Back in 2009 these sides played twice in the Champions League, Liverpool winning 4-0 at home on a memorable night and upsetting Madrid 1-0 in the Spanish capital. Despite home advantage and a strong record against their opponents, Brendan Rodgers’ men are priced at 3/1 here, compared to just 4/5 for Madrid and 14/5 for the draw. Liverpool have been poor thus far this season but they are still fifth in the Premier League so many fans are sure to fancy they can upset the odds here, which could make this offer well worth considering.
Neither side is strong at the back and so whilst the result may be unpredictable, few would back against goals in this one. Madrid only know one way to play and unless Rodgers decides to try and hold out for a draw we would expect this to be a hugely entertaining game with goals aplenty, quite probably for both sides.
Sky Bet are taking Liverpool on here and their traders are clearly confident that the home side don’t have enough to claim the win. If they are wrong, and the Reds do record yet another famous victory over Real Madrid, Sky will refund losing bets on a range of markets.
The refund will come as a free bet and will apply to bets of between £5 and £25. Only bets placed pre-match, with real cash on the following markets will be eligible for the refund: first/last scorer, correct score and scorecast singles, whilst Price Boosts are excluded. Free bets will be added within 24 hours of full time, are stake not returned and are valid for three days once issued.
We can only see one result here in truth and that’s a solid Madrid win. Their attacking prowess, coupled with Liverpool’s ongoing defensive weaknesses, means that we can’t see a way in which the home side can prevent Ronaldo and co from finding the net… several times. Of course, history and the mythical power of Anfield are in the home side’s favour and given the nature of football anything can happen. If you think the Reds will do well the draw could be a good option at 14/5, with the refund as a back-up if Liverpool surpass your expectations.
However, on balance we feel a better option would be to back a large away win, with 3-0 available at 14/1 and 3-1 on offer at 12/1, whilst a safer option is Ronaldo to score first at 3/1.