Real Madrid v Liverpool – 26.05.2018 – Betting Tip
The whole season comes down to a single affair, the grand finale which is about to provide the answer to which team will take the Champions League glory. Real Madrid may not have had the best of campaigns in domestic competitions where they lost the battle for the Primera Division title in the first half of the season. Nevertheless, the team did well in the continental competition earning their third consecutive final there. Los Blancos have already written the history when they became the first team to defend the Champions League title last year beating Juventus 4-1 in the final. Can they go even further and make it three trophies on the bounce here?
The opposition comes in the likes of Liverpool who have not played such a big role in the European football ever since performing the amazing comeback against Milan in the magical night in Istanbul back in May 2005. Keep reading and find out what sports betting strategies our betting experts advise for the big clash.
Zinedine Zidane’s men could have hardly had a more complicated route to Kyiv. They had to go past the likes of PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach the final of the competition, and one simply has to respect the run they made past such heavyweights.
Los Blancos defeated the star-studded PSG side on both occasions in the R16 showing the amazing character to bounce back from conceding an early opener in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu (when Unai Emery still had Neymar in the squad). They went on to destroy Italian champions 0-3 away in Turin making the rematch only a formality. It proved out to be everything but formality as Bianconeri annulled the huge deficit to gain the 0-3 lead in Madrid before the referee Michael Oliver pushed Real through awarding them with a last-gasp penalty successfully converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Finally, Madrid were the luckier side in the semi-final tie with Bayern Munich as they ended up edging past the German champions 4-3 on aggregate. Interestingly, it was Karim Benzema who bagged a brace for Los Blancos in the second leg at Bernabeu. Did these goals earn the Frenchman a place in the starting XI for the final with Liverpool?
Liverpool’s form may have seen a couple of stumbling blocks throughout the season, but Jurgen Klopp definitely has reasons to be proud of what his men have done so far. The Reds battled it out to earn the top-four finish in the Premier League and book a place in the most elite football competition next year, regardless of the outcomes of Saturday’s final with Real Madrid.
The team has shown some spectacular displays over the campaign, but the most impressive one came in the quarter-final against Manchester City,. To be more precise, in the first half of the first leg at Anfield when the Reds destroyed Pep Guardiola’s machinery with goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane. More importantly, Klopp’s defense proved it has what it takes to hold even the most powerful attacking lines out there, shipping just one goal in two matches against the likes of Manchester City.
Virgil van Dijk brought the much-needed solidness to the defensive line and he might likely prove out to be the decisive factor for team’s success here. The attacking trio will no doubts do the job at the other end, but van Dijk and Lovren ought to be at their best if Liverpool is to lift the trophy past Madrid giants.
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Head to Head and Stats
Teams have two wins apiece ahead of their fifth head to head encounter. Interestingly, none of past four saw both teams on the scoreline. They first met in the last 16 round of the 2008/09 campaign when Liverpool trashed Real Madrid 5-0 on aggregate, led by the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
Los Blancos got some sort of revenge by beating Liverpool twice in the group stages of the 2014/15 season. Real Madrid won all of six games in the group with Basel, Liverpool and Ludogorets, as the Reds only came third at the end clinching just five points in six fixtures.
Out Tips and Predictions
Now, the final can go either way which is why we won’t keep the main accent on the outcome betting tips. You’ll just make no mistake backing goals here as both managers fancy attacking football and possess players to perform such style. Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS is priced at 4/6 (1.66) and we see it as a genuine banker worth taking with higher stakes.
Alternatively, the anytime goalscorer market just can’t be skipped with the names such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah on the pitch at the same time. Neither of the two managers can be particularly proud of their sides’ defensive efforts throughout the campaign and it’s really hard to see Ronaldo or Salah stopped here at the biggest stage. Betting sites in Nigeria pay Ronaldo to score anytime at the 4/6 (1.66) odds, while you can get even higher 4/5 (1.80) odds for Mohamed Salah to do the same for Liverpool.