Our prediction for this Champions League match:
All eyes will be on Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when Real Madrid and Liverpool face each other in the Champions League last 16, return leg. Los Blancos proved their worth in the 5-2 crushing of Jurgen Klopp’s troops at Anfield, and they are now on a quest to defend their lead. Antonio Rudiger is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in a 3-1 win over Espanyol, while Karim Benzema has recovered from an ankle problem. David Alaba is widely expected to start from the bench.
Meanwhile, the Reds face an uphill task in the second leg as they need to overcome a three-goal deficit in Madrid. Anyhow, over 2.5 goals betting option should be considered as Liverpool are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Wednesday’s encounter. All Luis Diaz, Thiago Alcantara, Calvin Ramsay, and Joe Gomez remain on the sidelines with injuries, while Naby Keita is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Karim Benzema):
Striker Karim Benzema came through his youth club Bron Terraillon in Olympique Lyon were he went through all the youth teams.
On January 15, 2005 Benzema made his debut for the first team of Lyon that season but did not have much playing time. In the 2007-2008 season he was indeed a permanent fixture in the team and he got his break . He grew that season right into a crowd favorite and clubs like Arsenal, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid and AC Milan showed interest in him.
Benzema in 2008 (like 2005, 2006, and 2007) was in the champions with Olympique Lyon and had no interest in leaving France. In 2008, Karim was named best French footballer.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby.
The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title.
Liverpool won one of their last Champions League trophy's in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched six European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs.
The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.