Liverpool FC v Real Madrid tips – Reds can avoid defeat

An inspired Liverpool side should create plenty of chances against a Real Madrid side missing Gareth Bale

Liverpool FC v Real Madrid tips – Reds can avoid defeat

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Andy

October 21st, 2014

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Thinking of backing Real Madrid at odds-on to win at Anfield? Before you do, consider these five points:

Gareth Bale is missing for the European champions
Real don’t need to win this game with six points on the board already
Madrid have the small matter of El Clasico on Saturday
Real only just beat Ludogorets in their last Champions League game
Liverpool have several quality players who can cause problems of their own

If you still haven’t been persuaded by the above points, then go ahead and back Real Madrid at 17/20 with William Hill although don’t say you weren’t warned!

Perhaps Gareth Bale missing won’t be a disaster for the Spanish side, with Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez sure to feature heavily on the ball in this game, although it’s probably more of an evenly-matched contest than the odds suggest.

While Real can crush their opponents when they get in the ascendancy, Liverpool aren’t in the habit of losing matches at Anfield and actually come into this game off the back of a couple of victories against West Brom and QPR.

Brendan Rodgers knows that improvement is required and the Reds are a 15/4 chance with bet365 to claim three precious Champions League points which would thrust them back into contention for a place in the last sixteen.

Rodgers will assume that Basel can land six points from their double header against Ludogorets and he will also assume that getting anything at the Bernabeu is a tall order which means this game is win at all costs.

Mario Balotelli needs to come to life in this game and the Italian is an 8/1 chance to score the opening goal, although Steven Gerrard might be a better bet considering he’s the penalty and free-kick taker, with the captain a 14’s poke to break the deadlock.

We are going for a 2-2 draw in this game, with Raheem Sterling set to light things up on a European stage and Liverpool throwing caution to the wind against a side who will ultimately find the net.

BETTING TIPS
2-2 draw @ 14/1 with William Hill
Cristiano Ronaldo to score @ 5/6 with betfair

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