Back Real Madrid at 6/4 to beat Liverpool without conceding on Tuesday night
Brendan Rodgers must be racking his brain as to how he approaches this week’s match at the Bernabeu.
When the Champions League draw was made, the Liverpool boss would have been looking forward to tackling the best team in Europe although poor domestic form and the fact they were humbled 3-0 at Anfield by the same opponents means Tuesday’s match looks like a damage limitation exercise.
Liverpool aren’t without a chance of making the last sixteen of the competition although that will come down to whether the Reds can beat Basel and Ludogorets in their final two matches of the group stage.
The bookies are prepared to offer big prices about the away win in this match, with 12/1 the going rate as punters look to pack their accumulators with the 1/4 banker that are the European champions.
However, rather than back them at short odds like this, instead consider the 6/4 with William Hill that Real can win this game without conceding.
Ancelotti’s team have kept a clean sheet in four of their last six games and they will be confident of another shut-out, having won 3-0 in the reverse fixture and welcoming Sergio Ramos back to the defence.
Liverpool will look to pack the midfield and nick a goal, although it’s a tall order considering they have failed to score against Hull and Newcastle in their last two Premier League games.
“We have lost goals,” said Rodgers. “We scored 101 last year but take away nearly 80 per cent of that [Suarez and Sturridge] and it can become difficult, alongside the introduction of lots of new players. It is not rocket science.
The Liverpool boss said: “It has been a difficult start, not ideal. We can only continue to work well, that’s all you can do. If you work hard it gives you extra confidence, and ultimately confidence will then bring you success. It is certainly something we will strive towards.
“You’re always analysing, but I don’t think it’s so much about stripping it down and starting again with ourselves. But you need to find the answers and that is my job as manager and coach.”
Real Madrid win to nil @ 6/4 with William Hill