Friday October 17th, 2014

In the marquee matchup of Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League, English club Liverpool hosts Spanish giant Real Madrid at Anfield. Entering Matchday 3, Real Madrid sits atop Group B with an unblemished record. Real Madrid holds wins over Ludogorets and FC Basel. Liverpool, meanwhile, beat Ludogorets and fell to Basel.

Liverpool and Basel are tied for third in the group behind Los Blancos. Ludogorets is in last place with zero points. 

Gareth Bale will notably sit out of the match for Real Madrid due to a muscle injury. For Liverpool, Daniel Sturridge remains out of the lineup as he recovers from a calf injury. 

Details for Wednesday's match are below. 

How to watch

Match time: 2:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: You can watch the match online here.

TV coverage: Fox Sports 1

Liverpool facts

Liverpool has managed only two goals through the first two matches, with recent signing Mario Balotelli netting one of the goals. 

The Reds won four European Cup titles in seven years before the tournament name was changed to the UEFA Champions League. Since the name change, Liverpool has won one Champions League title back in 2004-05.

Liverpool has won its previous two matches against Real Madrid, outscoring the Spanish side 5-0. 

In domestic play, The Reds sit in ninth-place in the Premier League table. Raheem Sterling leads the way for Liverpool in EPL play with three goals. 

Liverpool has won more European titles than any other English club: five European Cups, three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. 

Real Madrid Facts

Last season, Real Madrid advanced out of the group stage in the Champions League and went on to defeat rival Atletico Madrid in the finals. Along the way, Real Madrid earned wins over three German sides: Schalke 04, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. 

Los Blancos have won a record 10 European Cups/Champions League titles.

In the 2014 tournament, Real Madrid has outscored opponents 7-2. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema lead the team in scoring with two goals apiece. 

Real Madrid also leads its domestic league in scoring, with 25 goals. That number bests Barcelona by six goals. Ronaldo has an impressive 13 La Liga goals through seven games. 

Real Madrid, worth $3.4 billion, has been declared the most valuable sports team in the world by Forbes

 

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