2018 Champions League Final Betting Predictions and Tips
Date: May 26, 2018
|26th May||Ladbrokes||William Hill||10Bet|
Real Madrid face Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final. The match will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev on May 26th and will kick off at 7.45pm.
The game will be broadcast on BT Sport in the UK and will be watched by football fans around the world. Serbian official Milorad Mazic will referee the contest with the 45-year-old vastly experienced in this competition.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Betting Predictions
It should be a fantastic game in Ukraine and Real Madrid have been installed as the 6/5 favourites with William Hill. The Spanish side have already knocked out Juventus and PSG this season but they have been far from convincing domestically and there are questions about their defence. Liverpool can be backed at 11/10 in the ‘To Lift the Trophy’ market and the Reds are great value to secure their sixth title. It’s hard to write off Jurgen Klopp’s side who are always extremely dangerous going forward and here at BettingTop10, we think the value lies with the Merseyside club.
The Premier League side are extremely entertaining and their matches in the UEFA Champions League have been goal heavy this season. Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 4/9 but a more palatable price of 6/5 is available on Over 3.5 Goals and this would have landed in two of the last three finals.
Mo Salah has enjoyed a wonderful first season at Liverpool and the Egyptian has excelled in this competition. He should be able to cap off a hugely memorable campaign with a goal in Kiev and is priced at 23/18 with 888Sport to find the back of the net during the 90 minutes.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Preview
Real Madrid will be competing in a record 16th UEFA Champions League final and despite a disappointing season in the Spanish top flight, they will start as favourites. This is their third consecutive final and the holders will be hoping to retain their title once again. They remain the most successful team in the history of the competition and they are potentially just 90 minutes away from recording their 13th success in the competition.
Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate which helped secure their place in the final. Zinedine Zidane’s side also knocked out Juventus and PSG en-route to the final.
This will be Liverpool’s eighth UEFA Champions League final, although, it will be their first since 2007. They have been successful on five occasions with their last triumph arriving 13 years ago. The Reds were the last side to defeat Real Madrid in a European Cup final when beating Los Blancos 1-0 back in 1981.
Liverpool’s topsy-turvy two-legged affair with Roma ended in favour of the Reds with Jurgen Klopp’s side emerging 7-6 winners on aggregate. They also eliminated FC Porto and Manchester City earlier in the competition and scored an eye-catching 17 goals during the knock-out rounds.
Champions League Final Statistics
Both Liverpool and Real Madrid are part of a collection of teams who have received a multiple-winner badge. This is awarded to sides who have either been victorious in the competition on three consecutive occasions or have triumphed five times overall. Ajax, Milan, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are the other four teams who have received this honour.
Juventus have appeared in the final nine times but hold the record for the highest number of defeats, having lost on seven different occasions, whilst Atletico Madrid remain the only team to have reached the final three times without lifting the trophy.
Spanish clubs have been successful in the Champions League final on seventeen occasions with Italy and England tied on twelve.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer with 120 strikes. His most prolific season in the competition came in 2013/14 when he netted 17 times in the Champions League. The Portuguese international has reached double-figures for seven consecutive seasons.
Head to Head Form
These two sides have met five times in this competition, with Liverpool boasting a 3-2 head-to-head record, although, Real Madrid were successful during the two most recent meetings in 2014-15. They won both games to nil.
- Keylor Navas
- Sergio Ramos
- Daniel Carvajal
- Raphael Varane
- Luka Modric
- Toni Kroos
- Lucas Vazquez
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lorius Karius
- Dejan Lovren
- Virgil Van Dijk
- Andy Robertson
- Trent Alexander-Armstrong
- James Milner
- Georgino Wijnaldum
- Jordan Henderson
- Roberto Firmino
- Mo Salah
- Sadio Mane