Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Preview, How to watch and Betting odds
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The 2020-21 edition of the Champions League has entered the business end of the competition and there is very little room for error in the knockout rounds. There are now just eight teams remaining as the quest to be crowned European kings goes on.

Real Madrid and Liverpool, two of the European Cup's most successful clubs meet in a repeat of the 2018 final. Madrid won that one before Liverpool went one better 12 months later; neither side has been going great guns in 2020/21, particularly the Reds, but both have a habit of pulling a top performance out of the bag, particularly in this competition.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool Quarter-Final Date

The Reds were paired with the Spanish club during Friday morning’s draw for the last eight and the semi-finals in Nyon, Switzerland.

Jürgen Klopp’s side will be away from home for the first leg before the return match takes place eight days later.

The quarter-final games against Real are scheduled to be played on April 6 and April 14, both kicking off at 8 pm BST.

The winners of the clash will progress to a semi-final showdown with the winners of the tie between FC Porto and Chelsea on Tuesday 27 / Wednesday, 28 April, with the second leg set to take place on Tuesday 4 / Wednesday, 5 May, reported This Is Anfield.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool: Preview, How to watch and Betting odds
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Real Madrid vs Liverpool: H2H

• The teams last met at Kyiv's NSC Olimpiyski on 26 May 2018, Zinédine Zidane's Madrid becoming the first team to win three successive European Cups twice with a 3-1 victory against a Liverpool side managed, as now, by Jürgen Klopp. Karim Benzema's 51st-minute opener was canceled out within four minutes by Sadio Mané, but two goals from substitute Gareth Bale (64, 83) – including a stunning overhead effort – took the trophy to Madrid again, according to UEFA.

• That was the sides' sixth meeting, all in the European Cup, and made it three wins and seven goals apiece.

• The teams also crossed paths in the 2014/15 group stage, Madrid winning both games with Benzema scoring twice in the first, a 3-0 away win. The Frenchman also got the only goal as Madrid won 1-0 in Spain two weeks later.

• Liverpool beat Madrid 5-0 on aggregate in the 2008/09 round of 16. Rafael Benítez's Reds won the first leg 1-0 in Spain, Yossi Benayoun getting the only goal with eight minutes left, before completing a comfortable aggregate victory with a 4-0 success back on Merseyside – Madrid's biggest UEFA Champions League defeat – thanks to two Steven Gerrard goals (28pen, 47) and further strikes from Fernando Torres (16) and Andrea Dossena (88).

• Bob Paisley's Liverpool also beat Madrid, coached by Vujadin Boškov, 1-0 in the 1981 European Champion Clubs' Cup final in Paris, Alan Kennedy scoring the only goal nine minutes from time.

How to watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool

If you are in the UK, BT Sport is the only place to watch all the Champions League action as it happens. With exclusive matches all the way to the final, you’ll be able to watch on TV, online, and on the BT Sport app for mobiles, tablets, smart TVs, and games consoles, Real Sport 101 cites.

You can purchase a Monthly Pass which gets you 30 days of BT Sport, contract-free.

The Monthly Pass will cost you £25 - you don’t need BT broadband, and you can watch instantly using our app or web player. Your Monthly Pass will renew automatically but you can cancel it whenever you want.

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BT Sport Real Madrid vs Liverpool Schedule:

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg - From 7 pm on Tuesday, 6th April (BT Sport 2)

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg - From 7 pm on Wednesday, 14th April (BT Sport 2)

How to watch UCL in the USA

In the USA, you'll be able to watch all the UCL matches including Real Madrid vs Liverpool on CBS All Access, which is the network's online streaming service. A select few, including the Champions League Final, will be shown on TV via CBS Sports Network.

CBS All Access starts at $5.99 a month, but it is offering a one-month free trial promotion for new subscribers through mid-August. Users can cancel subscriptions at any time.

CBS All Access can be streamed on Android, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon FireTV, LG, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung, Visio, and Xfinity.

Betting

Real Madrid make the trip to Ukraine looking to further cement their status as the most successful side in Champions League history. They play in their 16th final on Saturday, and with 12 of their 15 endings in victory, they are clearly specialists in the big games. Should they win this they will have won an unprecedented three in a row, but they have opposition used to upsetting the balance of things in Liverpool.

Zinedine Zidane’s side aren’t in the best of shape either, to be honest. They threw away a two-goal lead on the final day of the La Liga season to make it just one win from their last five competitive matches. One of these was their 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich at the beginning of the month, a result which made it 4-3 on aggregate, to send Real Madrid to the final.

However, these issues in defense will certainly be a worry to the traveling Spaniards. They have conceded at least two goals in four of their last five games, and have only managed one clean sheet in their last 11 competitive matches. Now they come face to face with the most devastating attacking trio in the world. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane have scored 31 goals between them in the Champions League this season, so they will fancy their chances against the fragile Real Madrid backline, reported Free Super Tips.

It’s Firmino that we’re most interested in. The Brazilian center-forward has had an excellent season this year, despite being somewhat overshadowed by the heroics of Salah. He has scored 11 Champions League goals, including four in the knockout stages, and at such a good price we like the look of him as our anytime goalscorer predictions.

Liverpool aren’t exactly defensively stalwart either though. They have won just two of their last six competitive games and shipped four to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie. In fact, they have conceded nine goals in their last six competitive games, and they haven’t faced a side quite like Real Madrid in that time.

This has all the makings of an absolute classic, and we could be in for a footballing treat on Saturday night to get us salivating for the upcoming World Cup. Liverpool’s front three and Real Madrid’s talisman forward Cristiano Ronaldo have scored 46 goals between them in the Champions League this season. In total, Liverpool and Real Madrid have scored 70 goals in the competition this season, with Liverpool taking 40 of those and Zidane’s men the other 30.

Obviously, along with both sides’ rather troublesome back lines, means there have been a lot of high-scoring affairs. Seven of Real Madrid’s 12 Champions League games this season have seen at least four goals, as have eight of Liverpool’s 14 outings in the competition. Not only that, but five of Real Madrid’s last six games in all competitions, and four of Liverpool’s last six, have also seen four goals or more. This makes an Over 3.5 Goals bet look very good value indeed, so we’re backing that.

In the end, though, we expect Real Madrid to triumph. They have won 12 of their 15 European Cup and Champions League final appearances, and led by Cristiano Ronaldo, have won the competition three times in the last four years. Ronaldo has 15 goals in the competition this season and has netted a ridiculous 43 goals in his last 37 games in the competition. He should be able to lead them to yet another trophy, so we’re backing Real Madrid to Win and Both Teams to Score alongside a 3-2 correct score predictions.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Courtois; Vázquez, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro; Valverde, Modrić, Vinícius; Benzema

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Phillips, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara; Jota, Salah, Mané

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