Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Date and Time: Wednesday, April 14,2021 8PM (UK Time)
Venue: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano
Prediction: Real Madrid 1-1 Liverpool
Bookmaker: 1xbet

Two of the most successful teams in the history of the European Cup will lock horns in the Spanish capital as Real Madrid welcome Liverpool for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Madrid, who are 13-time winners of the competition, will be looking to secure an advantage at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium ahead of the reverse fixture on April 14.

Madrid are comfortably the most successful team in the history of the European Cup, winning the competition on 13 occasions, including four times in the last seven years, but they have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of the last two years, losing to Ajax and Manchester City respectively.

Madrid have had their problems this season, but they have won nine of their last 11 matches in all competitions, including a 2-0 success over Eibar, which moved them to within three points of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, who are in action against Sevilla.

Madrid have won eight and lost five of their previous 13 two-legged knockout ties with English clubs and had been victorious in three in a row before the loss to Man City last season; the Spanish giants will be full of confidence entering Tuesday’s clash, but there is no question that they will be wary of a Liverpool team seemingly revitalised after a difficult period in the early stages of the year.

Liverpool put in one of their finest performances of the season away to Arsenal on Saturday evening, with Diogo Jota scoring twice in a 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. The result moved the Reds into fifth position, just two points off the top four, and they appear to be back on track, posting three straight wins in all competitions.

There is no question that it has been a disappointing season for the Merseyside outfit, having been unable to launch a defence of their Premier League title, but claiming a top-four spot and winning the Champions League would certainly go down as a successful campaign.

Liverpool have actually won 15 of their last 23 European fixtures but have only been victorious in two of their last 12 matches against Spanish opposition, suffering eight defeats in the process.

Liverpool’s form has improved, and the Reds appear to be heading in the right direction once again. Madrid have also been finding their groove, though, and we are not comfortable backing the home side to lose. It should be a very interesting game in the Spanish capital, and we have ultimately settled on a 1-1 draw.

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