Champions League Final
Real Madrid vs FC Liverpool
It has been 37 years since Real Madrid and Liverpool last faced each other in the final of the European Cup. Back then the Reds defeated los Blancos in the title game, but the star-studded Spaniards are seen as favourites to win Saturday’s clash. A lively contest is on the cards and, no doubt, there will be fireworks when the two teams face each other in Kiev.
Despite failing to impress in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign, Real Madrid did well to book their place in the Champions League final for the third consecutive time. Los Blancos rolled over Juventus in the last season’s final and they will be looking to repeat the success when they face high-flying Liverpool in Kiev. The Reds, on the other hand, have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season, but Saturday’s clash against Zinedine Zidane’s troops will be anything but a walk in the park for the Premier League side.
Real Madrid aim to save the season with a win over Liverpool in the Champions League final. Los Blancos are not enjoying a season to remember, but they will, as always, be at their sharpest when they take on Jurgen Klopp’s team in the final of the elite competition. Cristiano Ronaldo has been scoring goals for fun in 2018 and all eyes will be on the Portuguese ace when the two teams face each other at NSK Olimpijs’kyj on Saturday evening. Real Madrid are after their 13th European Cup trophy, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit, with Dani Carvajal likely to recover in time to face Liverpool as well.
Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job with Liverpool. By beating the likes of Porto, Manchester City and Roma the Reds set up a meeting with Real Madrid in the Champions League final, but they will have a big fish to fry in the clash against the title holders. Mohamed Salah looks unstoppable at the moment and there is every chance the opposition defenders will have their work cut out for them when facing the pacey winger. James Milner returned to training and he could play some part in Saturday’s showdown, whilst Emre Can is rated doubtful. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains in the recovery room.
When the two teams met in the Champions League group stages in the 2013/2014 season Real Madrid recorded two victories over Liverpool, but in their last meeting in the European Cup final back in 1981 the Reds emerged triumphant.
Odds and Predictions
Liverpool have been producing splendid performances in all competitions this season, but given Real Madrid’s experience, it is no surprise they are 11/10 to lift the trophy. Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit for the clash and you should bear in mind that he is 4/6 to score anytime. Seeing that both teams are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the title game, bookmakers are offering 4/9 for over 2.5 goals.
Real Madrid vs FC Liverpool tip: Real Madrid to win
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested key players in the La Liga season finale and considering that the French tactician has a full squad to choose from ahead of Saturday’s encounter against Liverpool, home win, which is available at 6/5, should be considered.