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Preview of Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the Champions League round 16

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Prediction for Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the Round of 16 of the Champions League on March 15.

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Preview of Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the Champions League round 16

Three weeks ago, Real caused a shock by defeating Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield. This was even more surprising considering that Liverpool had led by 2 goals in a match that the Reds had dreamed of winning.

This defeat, combined with a recent 0-1 loss to Bournemouth, has exposed Liverpool's lack of stability. Even with their Premier League victory over Manchester United by a score of 7-0, their task of overturning the first-leg defeat against Real Madrid to advance to the quarter-finals seems almost impossible.

This is because, even at their peak form, defeating Real Madrid has always been a challenge for Liverpool. It is important to note that since 2014, Real Madrid and Liverpool have faced each other 7 times, with the Spanish giants winning 6 times and drawing once. Furthermore, two of the six losses were in the 2018 and 2022 Champions League finals.

If Liverpool were to field their strongest team and still lose to Bournemouth, then in Spain, a Real Madrid without Karim Benzema easily defeated Espanyol to continue their pursuit of Barcelona in the La Liga title race. Some confidence has been restored, and with a huge lead in the scoreline, Los Blancos can afford to adopt a more cautious approach, waiting for Liverpool to make a mistake and strike back.

Latest team news for Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Real Madrid will be without both Ferland Mendy and David Alaba for the second leg due to various reasons, forcing coach Carlo Ancelotti to turn to Eduardo Camavinga or Nacho, as he has done recently. Additionally, captain Karim Benzema is set to return.

Liverpool's long injury list is gradually getting shorter, with Thiago, Arthur, and Luis Diaz all having recovered. The only player missing from the away team is Calvin Ramsay.

Expected line-ups for Real Madrid vs Liverpool

  • Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Rudiger, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Modric, Kroos; Vinicius Jr., Valverde, Benzema.

  • Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson; Bajcetic, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-2 Liverpool.

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