Free Soccer Picks & Predictions: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid

Steven Suarez

Monday, October 20, 2014 6:17 PM GMT

This soccer betting odds analyst points out that although Liverpool has not been convincing whatsoever this season, at least they'll be at home when they battle Real Madrid in this UCL clash. 

Odds Overview
It's not very often you see Liverpool as a big-time underdog when playing at Anfield, but that's certainly the case for Wednesday's match, and few would argue. The Reds are listed in the +300 to +350 range to surprise and get a home win over the formidable Galacticos.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, is quoted as a -125 favorite on the soccer odds board, with a draw listed at approximately +300.

 

Liverpool
Though they're managing to get results, the performances have left a lot to be desired for the Reds this season.

Right before the international break, Liverpool topped West Brom 2-1, and in the side's first match since, they escaped with a lucky 3-2 away win over QPR over the weekend. 

The Reds were fortunate to get all three points, as they didn't play well for a large majority of the match. They had two own goals go their way, with Coutinho's finish also helping the cause. Still, the fact Liverpool had so much trouble with a QPR side that's been very poor this season gives reason to worry for Brendan Rodgers.

In the Champions League, the Reds have recorded one win and one loss through two fixtures. They topped Ludogorets but then fell at Basel, putting them in third place in the group heading into Wednesday.

This Liverpool outfit is still having trouble defensively, and the absence of striker Daniel Sturridge has proven to be a big blow. Mario Balotelli has failed to impress so far for the Reds, and they desperately need him to find his form if the team is to have any chance of keeping up with the high-flying Galacticos. Raheem Sterling has been the standout, but hasn't been getting much help going forward.

 

Real Madrid
There seems to be no stopping Real Madrid right now. Not only have they won seven straight matches across all competitions, they've scored 32 goals in the process, good for an average of almost five goals per match. Incredible.

We last saw the Galacticos in action over the weekend in what was another league drubbing. They smashed Levante 5-0 despite being away from home, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice and Javier Hernandez, James Rodriguez and Isco also getting a goal apiece in the rout.

The good times have been there in Champions League action too. Real Madrid has earned the maximum six points so far and has looked good in doing so, topping Basel 5-1 before having a more difficult time in a 2-1 away win over a surprisingly good Ludogarets squad.

Of course, we can't talk about Real Madrid without clamoring over Ronaldo, who's been nothing short of brilliant all season long. Sure, he's "only" scored twice in two Champions League matches thus far, but get this: he's found the back of the net 15 times in seven La Liga matches, quite the staggering return. He's showing no signs of slowing down either.

Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale for this trip to Anfield, but with the way Ronaldo's playing, that may not matter much. Plus, there's also the likes of Rodriguez, Hernandez, Isco, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and a host of other quality talents from which Carlo Ancelotti can choose from to fill the gap.

 

Champions League Pick
The Reds are not easy to beat at Anfield, but with their recent form in mind, it's hard to recommend anything other than a fairly comfortable win for Real Madrid in this situation.

Ronaldo and company have simply been on a tear, and it hasn't really mattered who the opponent is.

We expect Liverpool to play up to their competition here, but ultimately it's going to be hard for their leaky defense to contain the Spanish giants. Take Real Madrid to win by two or more goals to get more value for your soccer picks.

Free Soccer Pick: Liverpool 1 Real Madrid 3 at Pinnacle