MARK O’Haire examines the heavyweight Anfield clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid on Matchday 3 of the Champions League…
Liverpool v Real Madrid | 19.45 | Sky Sports 5
Liverpool had won just one of their past five Premier League fixtures following an international break but somehow managed to escape from Loftus Road with three points.
But after struggling to cope with the demands of Bobby Zamora on Sunday and without the goalscoring exploits of Steven Caulker and Richard Dunne, they’ll need a huge improvement to get anything from Wednesday night’s mouthwatering clash with Real Madrid.
The Reds do boast the only 100% record against the 10-times European champions, winning three from three in the Champions League era. That record includes a 4-0 mauling handed out to Los Blancos five years ago. Heady heights, eh?
But there should be no disputing; the 17/20 from BetVictor for an away win is very generous and most tempting. Real have won each of their last six games in Europe, smashing 18 goals and conceding just three. They’ve also come out on top in five of their past seven away continental clashes and since 2008 boast a W13 D4 L2 record in 19 away group-stage games.
However, I loathe putting odds-on prices up as recommendations. So how about a 9/5 shot? That’s what Coral are offering on Cristiano Ronaldo to score + Real Madrid to win.
Love him or hate him, Ronaldo has been in record-breaking form this season. Including international appearances, the winker has netted in his last 10 matches and smashed 15 goals in his past seven outings in a Madrid shirt. Frightening stuff.
What’s more, Ronaldo is closing in on the all-time Champions League goalscoring record. The Portuguese superstar is only two behind Raul’s record 71-goal haul and you can expect the former Manchester United hitman to be chomping at the bit in a bid to impress back in old rivals territory.
Liverpool v Real Madrid – Cristiano Ronaldo to score + Real Madrid to win (9/5 Coral)
4/1 Real Madrid Score V Liverpool
Meanwhile, Coral are offering new customers a huge 4/1 on Real Madrid scoring a goal against Liverpool at Anfield. The visitors have netted in 40 of their last 41 European games, hitting 2.73 goals-per-game on average. And that’s without even mentioning Liverpool’s woeful defensive record.
The Reds have yet to record a clean sheet from six home games this season and managed just one shutout from 12 matches in 2014/15.
With bets capped at £5, it should be the easiest £20 you can make! Thanks Coral!
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Real Madrid 4/1 to score a goal v Liverpool