The Champions League final of the 2017/2018 season takes place later this week. Real Madrid are the defending European champions in Saturday’s final in Kiev.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool | Champions League final 2018 | May 26, 7:45pm BST | NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium
Real Madrid beat Juventus in last year’s final to retain the Champions League and take their tally of wins in the competition to 12 – a tournament record.
The Reds are into the final for the first time since 2007. They won the CHampions League back in 2005, it was their fifth Champions League title.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool Historical Matches
Real Madrid and Liverpool have only met 5 times since 1981. Liverpool won the first 3 of those matches, in recent years Real Madrid have come away with a win. The two teams have never played a match that ended in a draw.
The last time they met, Real Madrid won 1-0, the odds of a repeat 1-0 win for Real are 12/1 (odds available at bet365, odds correct 22nd May 2018). The last time Liverpool beat Real was back in 2009, when they beat Real 4-0. A repeat 4-0 win for Liverpool is 50/1 (odds available at bet365, odds correct 22nd May 2018).
Real Madrid are experienced at European Finals, they have won 12 European titles. They are ttempting to win their third straight Champions League, in Saturday’s final in Kiev.
Every member of the Real side is a superstar, Real Madrid are hungry to win a third Champions League title in a row. If Liverpool stand a chance of winning they need to have a game plan to try and stop Real Madrid’s strength. Liverpool will need to look at every member of the Real squad, not just one player.
Liverpool are no novices when it comes to the Champions League, they have won it five times and Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side’s “desire, attitude and work-rate” can help them beat Real Madrid and make it a six title.
Liverpool, who have scored 46 European goals this term, last won the competition in 2005 – the fifth time they had secured the trophy.
Andy Robertson says Liverpool’s confidence in their ability to score could be crucial in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid are more experienced when it comes to the Champions League final but Liverpool have a lot going for them as well. If Liverpool want to win they need to play the perfect match. Liverpool will need to analyse all the strengths and weaknesses of Madrid and how to tackle them. Preparation will be the key to Liverpool scoring more goals than Real.
Whilst Liverpool have had an excellent side this season, who have shone from start to finish, Real Madrid have reserves that can come on the pitch if they need to change the pace of the game. Liverpool have no team ‘B’
The match may well be a competition between the two most valuable players in the squad. Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is valued at £148m by CIES Football Observatory, £54m more than four-time Champions League winner Ronaldo. Salah vs Ronaldo?
Betting Preview and Tips
ODDS CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLISHING – ODDS CORRECT ON THE 22ND MAY 2018 – ODDS TAKEN FROM BET365
Real Madrid are bet365’s favourites to win with them priced at 6/5 to win the match or 4/6 to lift the trophy.
Many punters and UK football fans, who don’t support Liverpool will be praying and betting on Real to win the match.
Liverpool are 21/10 to win the match or 11/10 to lift the Champions League trophy.
The draw is 11/4.
Who will score the first goal? Will it be Rolando who is priced at 3/1 or Salah who is 7/2 to score the first goal.