Liverpool welcomes Real Madrid to Anfield Tuesday in the 1st of 2 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET. (CBS Sports Network) Below, we preview Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Liverpool vs. Real Madrid odds, and make our best Champions League bets, picks and predictions.
This will be a rematch from last season’s league final, won 1-0 by Real Madrid.
Liverpool, who lost star F Sadio Mane in the offseason, have struggled in Premier League play, sitting 8th. However, Liverpool did win 5 of 6 group stage games and had a +11 goal differential. They finished 2nd in Group A to Napoli, who also had 15 points yet a +14 goal differential.
Real finished atop Group F with 4 wins, a loss and a draw, ending the 6 games with 15 goals for and 6 against. Real sits 2nd in La Liga and has won 9 of 12 road games. F Karim Benzema has led Real this season, scoring 11 goals in 13 matches, but missed Saturday’s match and did not participate in Monday’s practice.
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Liverpool vs. Real Madrid odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 7:09 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline: Liverpool +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Real Madrid +215 (bet $100 to win $215) | Draw +260
- Over/Under: 2.5 (O: -135 | U: +115)
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Liverpool vs. Real Madrid picks and predictions
Real Madrid 1, Liverpool 1
LEAN DRAW (+260).
Liverpool has drawn 2 of their last 3 home games and 3 of their last 6. They haven’t played up to standard with those draws coming against Derby County, Wolves and Chelsea.
While Benzema may be out, Madrid has received production from F Federico Valverde, who has 7 goals. The road side has also been solid in this situation, posting 9 wins in 12 away matches. They were 1-1-1 on the road in Champions League Group Stage matches.
These teams are close on paper and familiar with each other. Picking a winner is difficult, and the DRAW (+260) has value.
BET UNDER 2.5 (+115).
All 4 of the Round of 16 games played so far has gone Under 2.5 goals with 3 of them ending 1-0. While both teams have dynamic attacks, the defenses will be just as good. D Virgil van Djik, D Jordi Alaba and D Daniel Carvajal are some of the best in the world at their position.
Real has gone Under this total in their last 3 road games while Liverpool has gone Under in 2 straight road matches. Considering the Round of 16 trends mixed with different attacking styles, back the UNDER 2.5 (+115).
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