It was just last Saturday when Los Blancos put 5 goals past Levante to secure a comprehensive victory. Therefore, it seems that Real have picked up where they left off in thrashing Bilbao 5-0 before the international break and thus are ready to challenge Liverpool.
Liverpool themselves haven't been in the best of form lately and are clearly missing their talisman from last season, Luis Suarez, who may or may not be playing Real Madrid this coming weekend. The Reds only narrowly beat bottom-of-the-Premier-League-table QPR at the weekend, thanks largely to two own-goals.
Liverpool will be hoping that they have enough firepower to trouble Madrid's defence as their marquee summer signing Mario Balotelli has currently only scored 1 goal in all competitions this season whilst the prolific Daniel Sturridge will miss the game due to injury.
Meanwhile, attack is not an area in which Real Madrid should struggle as they have scored 5 goals or more in 5 matches this season. Los Blancos should be aware of the threat that Liverpool pose but should go into the game with plenty of positive energy, having scored 32 goals in their last 7 games in all competitions at an average of 4.57 goals per game whilst looking for their eighth successive win.
A few players are still unavailable due to injury such as Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos & Fabio Coentrao, yet this shouldn't be too much of a problem because of the strength in depth that the squad holds. Isco for instance, could come in like he did against Levante at the weekend.
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- Goalkeepers: Casillas, Navas and Pacheco.
- Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa and Nacho.
- Midfielders: Khedira, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Illarramendi, Medran & M. Llorente.
- Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema and Chicharito.
Projected Line-up: Casillas, Arbeloa, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, James, Ronaldo & Benzema.
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Prediction: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid