Liverpool vs Real Madrid predictions and betting tips on February 21, 2023
On February 21, Anfield (Liverpool) will host the 1/8 final match of the Champions League, in which Liverpool will compete with Real Madrid. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The team seems to have its worst season under the rule of Jurgen Klopp. It goes without saying that there is still a lot of time ahead, and there is no exact favourite for the 4th place in the English Premier League right now. Still, there are more than enough clubs that play just more stable and even more meaningful between it and “the Merseysiders”. It is quite possible that the German manager and his players will focus on the Champions League now. “The Reds” were knocked out of the cup tournaments, only a miracle will help in the Premier League. And the way to the European Cup is pretty difficult, but short, especially taking into account that there have been enough finals during recent years – one of them even became successful. To tell the truth, twice, including in the previous draw, the decisive battle was lost by the British grandee to the opponent with whom it is going to struggle now in the 1/8 match. There is a chance to get revenge!
The club was definitely not stronger than Liverpool in the final of the previous season. The same was with the previous opponents, up to PSG at the 1/8 stage, it could have stopped its European way, and that would be called more than natural. Still, the class of “Los Blancos” as a team and the level of each player, from Courtois to the “joker”, Rodrigo, made a difference. Nowadays, Ancelotti needs a similar success much more. If in 2022 the “internal background” of the struggle for the European Cup was a confident (an early victory in the Primera), now “the Galacticos” are behind Barcelona there, and only they are to blame themselves for the higher mentioned result – the misfires were very frequent, especially in the winter part of the tournament. Moreover, they also lost to “the Blaugrana” in the Super Cup – it goes without saying that the trophy is not too appreciated by both, but a 1-3 defeat in El Clásico definitely did not cheer up neither an average fan nor Florentino Perez. No wonder, they have already started talking about a possible replacement of the coach in Madrid.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The higher mentioned 1-0 success that happened in the May final of the previous cycle became the 5th victorious one for Real Madrid out of 6 head-to-head matches.
Bookmakers consider the opponents to be equal. Thus, let’s focus on “total: under 3.0” (odd: 1.81).