This season has not gone according to plan for Liverpool. The Merseyside club thought they would make a triumphant return to the Champions League, while continuing their upward trajectory in the Premier League. So far this season, they have done neither. Their Champions League campaign is hanging by a thread, while they are barely making the top four in the league.
In contrast, Real Madrid have had a strong start to the season. There were some early season jitters after Angel di Maria was sold to Manchester United, but Carlo Ancelotti has adjusted his tactics and got them firing again. James Rodriguez seems like an inspired signing, while Cristiano Ronaldo continues to score goals at a frightening rate. The Portuguese attacker is close to averaging a hat trick every game in club colors.
Ronaldo will be looking forward to taking on Liverpool after his time at Manchester United. The English side will have their work cut out if they are to stop him right now. Bookies agree. Ronaldo is the favorite to open the scoring, while Real are at 19/20 to get a win at Anfield.
Liverpool winning and a draw are both priced at 3/1. This shows that the bookies do not think Liverpool are favorites at home, but they are not ruling them out either. Liverpool have a habit of causing upsets against Real Madrid in the Champions League. During Rafael Benitez’s tenure, they were a bogey club for Real. They even managed to get a win at the Santiago Bernabeu, something few English teams have managed.
This will be a difficult task for Liverpool. They should have Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling fit for this clash. If those two can click on the counter attack, they could cause Real’s dodgy defense a lot of problems. Real Madrid might be European Champions, but they are not without weaknesses. It will be up to Brenden Rodgers to pick apart those weaknesses.