Real Madrid vs Liverpool Final Preview, Odds and Betting Tips

Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool

Champions League Real Madrid Liverpool

The NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev plays host to the Champions League final as the most successful team in the history of the competition, Real Madrid face Liverpool on May 26th. The game kicks off at 7:45pm and will bring the curtain down on another fantastic year of football. It will be broadcast on RTE in Ireland and it looks set to be a mouthwatering clash between two fantastic teams.

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Serbian official Milorad Mazic has been selected as the referee for the game. He is a Champions League regular and this game will be the fifth time he has officiated in this competition this season.

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Real Madrid vs Liverpool Preview

Real Madrid have endured an underwhelming season domestically but they always perform in this competition and they squeezed past Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. Los Blancos won 4-3 on aggregate with two Karim Benzema goals helping secure their place in the final. Benzema wasn’t selected for the first leg with the striker starting on the bench but his exploits have surely helped him secure his participation in this game.

Cristiano Ronaldo was strangely subdued against the Bundesliga outfit but the Champions League all-time leading goalscorer usually turns up for the big occasion and has been excellent in the competition this season. He has helped his side eliminate Juventus and PSG during the knock-out rounds.

Liverpool have been thoroughly entertaining this season and their 7-6 aggregate success against Roma was the joint-highest 180-minute result in the competition’s history. They may have lost 4-2 at Stadio Olimpico but their five-goal haul at Anfield was enough to see them through. They have already knocked out Premier League champions Manchester City and FC Porto in the competition and whilst they’ve relied on the brilliance of their front three: Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah, it’s been a significant team effort which has helped book their place in the final.

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Real Madrid vs Liverpool Betting Predictions

Real Madrid understandably start as the favourites for this match and given their pedigree in the competition, it’s hard to argue with their price of 5/4. However, Liverpool cannot be written off with the Reds displayed a never-say-die attitude. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be ready to attack their opponents and are extremely dangerous going forward. They are priced at 11/10 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy and we recommend backing the Premier League side in this market.

Liverpool’s Champions League matches have been full of goals with many of them arriving before the break. Over 1.5 First Half Goals at 6/5 looks a superb price and it would have landed in four of the last six games featuring the Reds. Both Teams to Score in Both Halves landed in each of two semi-final games and is a hugely-tempting 8/1 with William Hill to strike again.

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Champions League Final Statistics

This is the first time that the Champions League final has been held in Ukraine. The highest ever attendance was recorded back in 1960 when Hampden Park welcomed 127, 621 spectators for Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt.

Los Blancos are the most successful team in the history of the competition with twelve Champions League victories to their name. Spain has produced 17 winners in total with Barcelona responsible for the other five.

English clubs have been victorious in the Champions League on twelve occasions with Liverpool leading the way with five successes. They will be hoping to add to that haul on May 26th.

Cristiano Ronaldo remains the all-time leading goalscorer with 120 goals in the Champions League and he is hoping to find the net in back-to-back finals. He has hit double figures in the competition for seven consecutive seasons, although, he didn’t notch during the semi-final against Bayern Munich.

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Head to Head Form

These two teams have only ever met on five occasions with Liverpool leading 3-2 on the head-to-heads. Real Madrid have won the last two meetings, which came during the group stage of the 2014-15 Champions League.

The pair have never played out a match in which both teams have found the back of the net.

Liverpool were the last team to beat Real Madrid in a European Final. That success arrived in 1981.

Possible Line-Ups

Real Madrid

1. Keylor Navas

12. Marcelo

4. Sergio Ramos

2. Daniel Carvajal

5. Raphael Varane

10. Luka Modric

8. Toni Kroos

14. Casemiro

22. Isco

17. Lucas Vazquez

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

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1. Lorius Karius

6. Dejan Lovren 

4. Virgil Van Dijk

26. Andy Robertson

66. Trent Alexander-Armstrong

7. James Milner

5. Georgino Wijnaldum

14. Jordan Henderson

9. Roberto Firmino

11. Mo Salah

19. Sadio Mane