06 Apr 2021 1:03 PM +00:00

It's the battle of the injury lists as Los Blancos welcome Liverpool

It's crunch time as the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals commence this week.

The first ties are Real Madrid vs Liverpool and Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool's clash with Los Blancos is a mouth-watering two-legged repeat of the 2018 Champions League final.

The Reds will be looking for revenge.

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Latest - Varane ruled out

Real Madrid already had to deal without captain Sergio Ramos, but Zinedine Zidane is now without his other defensive lynchpin in Raphael Varane.

The official statement from Los Blancos reads: "Real Madrid C. F. informs that our player Raphaël Varane tested positive in the COVID-19 test he underwent this morning."

Real Madrid vs Liverpool Date & Kick-Off Time

All four of the quarter-final matches will be played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home.

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The first leg between Real Madrid and Liverpool will take place at the world-famous Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday, 6 April at 3pm ET / 8pm BST.

The return leg will be played at Anfield on Wednesday, 14 April, which will also be an 3pm ET / 8pm BST kick-off.

Whichever side makes it through to the semi-finals will play Chelsea or Porto on Tuesday 27 / Wednesday, 28 April, with the second leg set to take place on Tuesday 4 / Wednesday, 5 May.

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How to watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool

If you are in the UK, BT Sport is the only place to watch all the Champions League matches.

You can watch on TV, online and on the BT Sport app for mobiles, tablets, smart TVs and games consoles.

For more information on how to watch Real Madrid vs Liverpool, click here!

BT Sport Real Madrid vs Liverpool Schedule

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg - From 7pm on Tuesday, 6th April (BT Sport 2)

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg - From 7pm on Wednesday, 14th April (BT Sport 2)

How to watch UCL in the USA

In the USA, you'll be able to watch all the UCL matches including Real Madrid vs Liverpool on CBS All Access, which is the network's online streaming service.

A select few, including the Champions League Final, will be shown on TV via CBS Sports Network.

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Predicted Lineups

With both teams hampered by injury all season long, we could see some interesting line-ups.

Real Madrid Predicted Starting 11

Real Madrid will need to complete a solid performance against an attacking-minded squad without key starters Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal.

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SAFETY FIRST: Zidane may go cautious without Ramos and Varane

Zinedine Zidane has many options to choose from but it seems that he could go with a 3-5-2 lineup with Eder Miltao, Nacho Fernandez and Ferland Mendy as the centre-backs.

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Vazquez and Marcelo would operate on the flanks as wing-backs, where they can provide defensive cover and an offensive threat.

Out: Sergio Ramos (calf), Raphael Varane (Covid), Dani Carvajal (hamstring) Eden Hazard (hip)

Liverpool Predicted Starting 11

Liverpool remain without 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.

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Jurgen Klopp will likely start with in-form Diogo Jota over Roberto Firmino, with Brazilian Fabinho providing defensive cover in midfield.

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Out: Jordan Henderson (groin), Joel Matip (ankle), Joe Gomez (knee), Virgil van Dijk (knee)

Doubtful: Coaimhin Kelleher (abdominal), Divock Origi (muscle)

Form Guide

Both clubs won their respective domestic titles last season yet are unlikely to defend them successfully in 2020/21.

Despite being slightly adrift in the title race, Real have clocked up four wins on the bounce across league and Champions League matches either side of the international break and are unbeaten in 11 since January.

Last six games: WWWWDD
Latest outing: Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar, 03/04

The Reds are battling for a top-four finish in the Premier League - keeping themselves in the running with a weekend win over Arsenal - while Los Blancos currently sit at second in LaLiga, with Barcelona hot on their heals.

Liverpool had a very poor start to the calendar year, but have recently picked up form winning three straight games.

Last six games: WWWLLW
Latest outing: Arsenal 0-3 Liverpool, 03/04

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Prediction

The Reds’ improved form could prove vital as they look for an away goal, with Diogo Jota set to make a big impact going forward, especially given the injury absences for the home side in defence.

Real Madrid 1-2 Liverpool.

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