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06 April 2021 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET Champions League Estadio Alfredo di Stefano

All eyes will be on Alfredo di Stefano Stadium when Real Madrid and Liverpool go head to head in the Champions League quarter-finals, first leg. 


Los Blancos did well to beat Atalanta in the double-header, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Jurgen Klopp’s troops. 

Considering that all Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal, and Federico Valverde are sidelined with injuries, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts.

The Reds, on the other hand, continue life without key defender Virgil van Dijk, but they impressed in a 3-0 win over Arsenal at the weekend. 

Liverpool are more of a team than Real Madrid, and even though Origi, Matip, Kelleher, Henderson, and Gomez remain in the recovery room, we are tempted to put our money on the Reds, who are eyeing their seventh Champions League trophy.


Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Head-to-head

The last time these two fought was in the earlier-mentioned 2018-19 final, and then, Zinedine Zidane’s men recorded a 3-1 victory.
They are also on a three-match winning run.
Three of the past four encounters had three or more goals.
The latest clash at home for the Los Blancos had ended in a 1-0 win for th

Team News:

Madrid will be without the services of inspirational captain Sergio Ramos on Tuesday due to a calf problem, while the match is also expected to come too soon for Dani Carvajal and Federico Valverde.

Eden Hazard has made huge steps forward in his recovery from a muscular problem, though, and the Belgium international is expected to be a part of the squad for the Champions League fixture.

Raphael Varane was rested against Eibar on Saturday but will be back in the side for this match, while Toni Kroos and Vinicius Junior are also expected to start, with Zidane likely to set his side up in a 3-5-2 formation.


As for Liverpool, Klopp will largely have the same squad available from the Arsenal match, with Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk all definitely out.

There is a chance that Caoimhin Kelleher and Divock Origi could return to the bench on Tuesday, while Georginio Wijnaldum might replace James Milner in the middle of the park.

Jota came off the bench to score twice against Arsenal, meaning that Klopp has a big decision to make in the final third of the field, but it would not be a surprise to see the Portugal international start on the bench once again, with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino lining up as the front three.


Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Militao, Nacho; Vazquez, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Mendy, Asensio; Vinicius, Benzema

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane


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