Real Madrid’s latest Harlem-globetrotting incarnation arrive at Anfield to take on Liverpool in spectacular form, yet they can be backed for victory at a sizeable 9/10.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men visit a team in the midst of a post-Luis Suarez identity crisis having won their last seven games in succession.
Liverpool by contrast relied upon two own goals to overcome a toothless QPR side 3-2 at the weekend and lost their last European outing to Basel.
The Merseysiders are 3/1 for victory on their own patch, with the draw an 11/4 shot, but the European champions are expected to reward their backers.
Los Merengues have hit 30 goals in their first eight La Liga outings this season, with Cristiano Ronaldo plundering an enormous 19 strikes in 12 appearances across all competitions so far.
Such a predatory outfit will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a defence that has kept two clean sheets in its last 20 games.
Not that Liverpool simply batten down the hatches, Brendan Rodgers having already suggested his side will look to hurt the opposition:
“We have to make a plan for our team first to ensure that we cause Real Madrid problems”.
Doing so will leave their anything but pacey defensive midfielder Steven Gerrard and his equally ponderous centre-halves cruelly exposed to Real’s sound-barrier busting counter attacks.
Meanwhile, in the build up to the match much has been made of the special atmosphere at Anfield, with Real’s former Red Alvaro Arbeloa paying tribute to its intoxicating sensations.
However, away win backers shouldn’t be put off unduly on this account, with three of Anfield’s last five Champions League visitors leaving with the laurels atop their domes.
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