When the 10time Champions of Europe will meet the 5time Champions of Europe today, more than 150 of the FIFA countries will be watching this spectacle. While Real Madrid have all but qualified for the next round in UEFA Champions League, pride is at stake for Liverpool who are going into the fixture as massive underdogs. And while the last time both these sides met a fortnight ago, 3 goals in the first 45 minutes settled the fixture with half of a match to go. And while Liverpool are hoping to get out without a battering from this fixture, they won’t be expecting a repeat telecast of what happened at Anfield.

Last time both these sides met at the Bernabeau, a Yossi Benayon goal settled the match in favor of reds.

Team news

While Real Madrid were flying in the absence of their Welsh maestro Gareth Bale in the El-Clasico a week ago, the former Tottenham player is back in the squad and has trained fully with his team-mates. Apart from that, injury fears are surrounding the Real Madrid side which has already passed the half century of goals this season in just 15 matches.

Sami Khedira is also expected to miss this match as the German is suffering from a leg injury that might keep him out for this match. Midfielder Jese is surely out while Carjaval is also a doubt after suffering an injury in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win last week.

Real Madrid will be on an 11 match winning streak when they’ll host the reds into the magnificent Santiago Bernabeau

Liverpool, on the other hand, are bruised with injuries, to say the least. Having made a horrid start to the season in the Premier League with just 14 points in 10 games to their and standing on 7th in the table, Liverpool are not in their best shape to go into the most important fixture of this season for them.

Although Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the squad, the Englishman is far from full recovery as he’s to take part in a match after the incoming International break. Youngster Jon Flanagan along with the likes of experienced Sakho are still on the sidelines. However, in a somewhat positive news for the porous Liverpool defense, Jose Enrique might take part in the match subjecting to a late fitness test.

Stat attack:

  • These two sides have met 4 times before, Liverpool lead with 3 wins to 1.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo needs 2 goals to surpass the record of Raul for becoming the leading goal-scorer in LA LIGA history
  • Liverpool has kept just 1 clean sheet in their last 18 games
  • Real has scored 44 goals in their current 11 match un-beaten run
  • Real Madrid have kept 3 clean sheets in last 5 games overall.

Prediction

Real Madrid to run riot over a passenger Liverpool side today. 4-0 to the hosts.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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