Champions League round of 16 action continues on Wednesday with the stellar second leg game between Real Madrid vs Liverpool. In the first leg, Los Merengues came out on top after a historic comeback at Anfield that ended in a 2-5 win for the Spaniards and are favorites to qualify for the next stage. Without further ado, at JefeBet we bring you the best preview of this captivating clash between Real Madrid vs Liverpool.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Real Madrid vs Liverpool Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg Game on March 15, 2023
- Where: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium – Madrid, Spain.
- When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 4:00 PM E.T.
- Moneyline: Real Madrid (+132) / Draw (+310) / Liverpool (+188).
- Asian Handicap: Real Madrid (-0.25, +100) / Liverpool (+0.25, -122).
- Over/Under (3.5): Over (+135) / Under (-167).
- Both teams score: Yes (-200) / No (+155).
All odds are provided by Unibet.
Betting on Real Madrid
Real Madrid’s aspirations of winning La Liga look a bit complicated, so securing the series against Liverpool in the Champions League must be a priority for them. The Madrid club recorded a historic comeback in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at Anfield after going 2-0 down in the first 25 minutes of the match.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men were a whirlwind in the last 65 minutes of the match, scoring five goals and practically sealing the tie, and now will have to play the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, where they have only lost one game this campaign.
During the three group stage games, Madrid scored nine times at home and conceded just two goals, while in the Spanish championship, in front of their home fans, they scored 26 times and conceded just nine goals in 12 games. As if that weren’t enough, Los Merengues have won the first leg at home in 35 of the 37 qualifiers in which they have won the first leg at away stadiums.
Probable lineup (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, Éder Militão, Nacho Fernández, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinícius Júnior.
Betting on Liverpool
Depending on the Liverpool we see on Wednesday in Madrid, we could be in the presence of a legendary comeback or a historic ridicule on the part of Jürgen Klopp’s team. The Reds showed for 25 minutes what they are capable of when they are focused, just as they did two matchdays ago in the Premier League with a 7-0 thrashing of Manchester United.
However, in the final 65 minutes against Madrid they also showed the intermittency that they have had throughout the campaign and which led them to lose on the last day of the English championship against Bournemouth, second to last in the standings.
If Liverpool finds its best performance, it is capable of repeating what they did in 2018-19, when against Barcelona it became one of only four teams in Champions League history to come from behind in a tie after losing the first leg by three goals. Or in 2008-09, when they handed Madrid their heaviest defeat in the history of the tournament by beating them 4-0.
The problem for them, in addition to the three-goal deficit, is that they have lost seven of 13 away games in the Premier League and have scored just 13 goals and conceded 20.
Possible lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent-Alexander Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Stefan Bajcetic; Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Darwin Núñez.
The tie should be easy for Real Madrid. The reigning champions know how to play this type of game and at home it is almost impossible for Liverpool to turn the deficit around. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that we won’t have a few goals like we did at Anfield.
Liverpool is the fifth-best offense in the Premier League with 47 goals scored, and in seven games played in this Champions League has scored 19 times. For their part, Real Madrid are not at their best offensively, but in the Champions League their attack takes on other revolutions, especially in the face of a defense like that of their opponents, who have struggled in away games.
Prediction: Both teams score (RMA 2 – LIV 2).