Sports Mole provides score predictions and previews for all of today’s Champions League fixtures, including Real Madrid vs. Liverpool.
Needing to conjure up a slice of Bernabeu magic to prolong their European journey, Liverpool make the journey to the Spanish capital to face Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
Carlo Ancelotti’s continental veterans fought back from 2-0 down to record a phenomenal 5-2 win in the first leg at Anfield three weeks ago, and only the most calamitous of calamitous collapses would see the tickets to the quarter-finals change hands.
We say: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool (Real Madrid win 8-3 on aggregate)
Perhaps treading with caution given what happened to their Catalonian counterparts four years ago, Real Madrid can rest easy in the knowledge that Klopp’s current Liverpool crop do not strike the same fear into the hearts of opposing teams, especially with their measly away record in 2023.
Ancelotti’s side cannot expect to keep a vengeful Reds team at bay, especially given their own patchy spell, but Los Blancos in the Champions League is normally always a foregone conclusion, and the return of Benzema should only make their second-leg win all the more emphatic en route to a place in the last eight.
Following a 2-0 win in Germany, the Scudetto favourites start the second leg of their last-16 tie in the driving seat, but their visitors can draw upon last year’s Europa League heroics for inspiration.
We say: Napoli 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt (Napoli win 3-1 on aggregate)
Eintracht have built an impressive European record under Oliver Glasner and are not afraid to take the initiative away from home, yet they now face one of their sternest tests of the season. Napoli’s record at Stadio Maradona is truly formidable, and the home side can seal a place in the quarter-final draw, even without reaching top gear.