The Champions League quarter-finals see a repeat of the 2018 final on Tuesday night, with Real Madrid hosting Liverpool.
While it was the Spanish side who triumphed on that occasion in Kyiv, the Reds went on to lift the same trophy just one year later – and both clubs won their domestic titles last season, with silverware again a regular occurrence for these two giants. For them to be celebrating in 2020/21, however, it’s going to mean a flawless run-in: Liverpool to get the top four, Madrid to pip the title in LaLiga or either one of these sides to upset the favourites and triumph in Istanbul.
Both have rediscovered winning form of late, with three straight victories for Jurgen Klopp’s side and four for Zinedine Zidane’s, so this tie should prove well-matched and exciting across the two legs.
Liverpool won in the Santiago Bernabeu in Rafa Benitez’s day after a Yossi Benayoun winner, but Real have since triumphed over the Reds in both the group stage of the Champions League and that aforementioned final itself. This match, meanwhile, will be played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.
When is the match?
The game kicks off at 8pm BST on Tuesday, 6 April.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2. Subscribers can also stream the match via the BT Sport app and desktop website.
What is the team news?
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Eden Hazard will miss out through injury, while Sergio Ramos is also sidelined and Fede Valverde is a big doubt. Dani Carvajal is also a long-term absentee.
Liverpool remain without their three centre-backs who are out for the season in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, while Jordan Henderson is also not expected to feature again this term in midfield. Divock Origi and Caoimhin Kelleher are doubts, but neither would have started the game.
RMA – Courtois; Militao, Varane, Nacho; Lucas, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Mendy; Vini Jr, Benzema
LIV – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mane
Real Madrid – 13/7
Draw – 28/11
Liverpool – 48/29
The Reds’ improved form could prove vital as they look for an away goal, especially given the injury absences for the home side. Real Madrid 1-2 Liverpool.