CL Top Trumps: Real Madrid sweep the board with Liverpool
Before a massive Champions League game there are numerous ways to assess the chances of each side and how to bet accordingly, and the Top Trumps format is as good a measurement as any.
As you’ll see from our five chosen categories, Liverpool are certainly worthy of their 10/3 outsiders status despite home advantage.
Meanwhile our bet of choice for the Group B encounter would be the 11/8 about a Real Madrid wincast featuring who else but Cristiano Ronaldo.
All categories are scored out of 10:
Form: Liverpool 5 / Real Madrid 9
The fact that Liverpool have scrambled to back-to-back Premier League victories either side of the international break, courtesy of a Steven Caulker own goal last time out papers over chasm-like cracks.
The Reds have already lost four times in all competitions this season, while Real arrive in the throngs of a seven-game winning streak, which includes thrashing Liverpool’s last Champions League conquerors Basel 5-1.
Defence: Liverpool 4 / Real Madrid 7
Only one clean sheet from 11 games tells us that far from solving Liverpool’s troubles at the back last season, Brendan Rodgers is yet to find the right defensive formula and his team look vulnerable against any opposition.
Meanwhile, Los Blancos have kept three of their last four opponents at bay in all comps before heading to Anfield as Pepe and Sergio Ramos continue to hold court in the centre of defence.
The fact that the latter won’t be available through injury is one piece of good news for the English club.
Star man: Liverpool 7 / Real Madrid 10
Had this been last season then the scales would have been almost even such was the force of nature that was Luis Suarez during 2014/15.
However, against the very best in the world in Ronaldo – who travels to Anfield having notched a mind-boggling tally of 18 goals for club and country in his last 10 appearances – Raheem Sterling is left trailing in his wake.
The Ballon d’Or holder cannot be matched by Liverpool’s teenage sensation in any department just yet.
Attack: Liverpool 7 / Real Madrid 10
Again, had this been the ‘SAS’-inspired Liverpool of last season then this category would be a far closer call.
However, the swashbuckling, 100+ league goals-Liverpool of last season has vanished in favour of a disjointed attacking force which has yet to click bereft of Suarez or the injured Daniel Sturridge, relying instead on a misfiring Mario Balotelli leading the line.
Flip the coin and Ronaldo-inspired Real have hit at least five goals in five of their last seven games. The only drawback for the holders is the absence through injury of Wales star Gareth Bale for the trip.
Coaches: Liverpool 5 / Real Madrid 9
There really is no contest in the dug-out department either. In the blue corner Carlo Ancelotti has got the badge, the t-shirt and most importantly three Champions League winners’ medals to his name, including the last one UEFA had pressed.
In the red corner, Rodgers has impressed in many respects, not least by guiding Liverpool so close to the title last season, but the Northern Irishman still has many stripes to earn, especially at the highest level.
Totals: Liverpool 23/50 / Real Madrid 45/50
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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