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Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final Betting Tips
Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from disappointment last weekend when they were pipped to the Premier League title by Man City. They have though already won two trophies (the FA Cup and League Cup) and will be confident they can complete a remarkable treble here on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have enjoyed a phenomenal season and have seemingly got better as the campaign has gone on. Some may say they’ve had an easier than usual route to the final, but the Reds have been relatively comfortable in swatting Inter Milan, Benfica and Villarreal aside in the knock-out stages.
Real Madrid are the competition’s most decorated club and indeed the last team to beat the Merseysiders in a Champions League final. Los Blancos have already enjoyed some success this season too, securing the La Liga title with games to spare a couple of weeks ago.
It’s been a dramatic Champions League campaign under Carlo Ancelotti, with Madrid needing to come from behind against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City in the knock-out stages. Can they pull off another upset in the final?
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final match stats
Liverpool may have been high-scoring this season, but their two final clashes against Chelsea in the FA Cup and EFL Cup have finished goalless after 90 minutes and the last three Champions League finals have seen fewer than three goals scored. Real Madrid, though, tend to find the back of the net, firing just one blank in this season’s Champions League, and sitting just a goal below Man City (29) and two below Liverpool (30) in this season’s competition scoring charts — with Bayern leading the way on 31.
Mohamed Salah has been Liverpool’s main goal threat this season, racking up 31 in all competitions eight of which have come in 12 Champions League appearances. He has been in a buoyant mood ahead of the final too, recently declaring himself to be the best player in the world in his position. In fact, only two players have scored 30+ goals and provided 10+ assists in the UCL since the Egyptian made his debut in the competition for Liverpool — Salah (33 goals, 11 assists) and Lionel Messi (31 goals, 10 assists).
Given his seemingly insatiable desire for revenge, following Liverpool’s 2018 final defeat to Real and his ill-fated first-half withdrawal, the Egyptian superstar will be champing at the bit to make a tangible impression on the Parisian showpiece this weekend.
Vinicius Junior meanwhile could prove a bit of a difference-maker for the Spanish champions. He has created more chances than any other player in the Champions League this season (31), while no player has provided more assists (six) or been fouled more times (24) than him. And certainly don’t sleep on Trent Alexander-Arnold when it comes to creativity. Only four defenders have provided 20+ assists in Europe’s top five leagues and the Champions League since the start of last season — TAA (24), Filip Kostic (23), Andy Robertson (20) and Juan Cuadrado (20).
Karim Benzema has had a remarkable season with 44 goals in 45 games and 15 from 11 alone in the Champions League. He also has 14 assists for the campaign and looks value with Betfair to score or assist in 90 minutes.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final odds
Liverpool vs Real Madrid: Champions League Final Head-to-Head
Full head-to-head record
Liverpool wins: 3
Real Madrid wins: 4
Last five meetings
22 Oct 2014 – Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid- UEFA Champions League
04 Nov 2014 – Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool – UEFA Champions League
26 May 2018 – Liverpool 1-3 Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League
06 Apr 2021 – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool – UEFA Champions League
14 Apr 2021 – Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League
Liverpool had won their first three meetings with Real Madrid, but the tide turned with a 0-3 win for Los Blancos at Anfield in 2014. Since then, the Spanish side are unbeaten in five meetings with the Reds.