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UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool slight underdogs against Real Madrid

9:10 PM MYT 24/05/2018
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid La Liga 2018
Liverpool have won the title five times, the most recent triumph coming in 2005 when they edged out AC Milan

 

It’s the biggest prize in club football across the entire planet. This Saturday (26 May) Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet in Kiev to decide the final of this season’s UEFA Champions League and you can bet here with Oddsshark.com.

There are several soccer bets to be considered this weekend: the pair are two of the most successful clubs in the history of Europe’s premier club competition. Liverpool have won the title five times, the most recent triumph coming in 2005 when they came from three goals down to edge out Italian giants AC Milan on penalties.

Real Madrid, by way of comparison, are on the most impressive run of form in the tournament in recent history. Zinedine Zidane’s charges have won the Champions League in three of the last four seasons and could make it a hat-trick of wins with victory over Liverpool in Ukraine this weekend.

Under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool have thrust themselves into the limelight once again and have put in some of the most scintillating performances in this year’s edition of the continental competition. They beat English Premier League champions Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate before edging past Italian outfit Roma in a 13-goal thriller over two legs.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, got the better of German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in the last round, although their domestic form was less than convincing over the last nine months. Disappointing displays in La Liga allowed Barcelona to romp to the title, but the side from the Spanish capital can make up for that mishap with a win over Liverpool.

Ad when it comes to a head-to-head comparison between these two sides, there is absolutely nothing to split them. Both teams have won two games apiece, and the match this Saturday promises to be a close affair, albeit between two sets of players who love to play bold, attacking football.

Neither team can be accurately described as being famed for their defensive strength, and for that very reason you can expect both to score at least once. Real are priced at 1.44 to score with Liverpool at 2.62, but a clean sheet for either goalkeeper does not look like a probability.

Liverpool have scored a record 46 goals in the Champions League this season, thanks in no small part to their attacking trio of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. On their day they play some of the fiercest football you are ever likely to see, and with gaping holes in Real’s defence ready to be exploited, the Egyptian forward Salah, who netted 32 goals in 38 Premier League games, could have a field day.

However, there is no denying the fact that Liverpool come into this game as the underdogs, given Real’s recent pedigree in the competition. With Oddsshark.com, the Reds are currently 3.05 to lift their sixth European title, which would see them pull ahead of both Bayern Munich and Barcelona in the history books.

But what with the amount at stake this weekend and the fact this is a one-off game rather than a two-legged affair like the other knock-out rounds, this may well be played at a slower tempo, certainly in the opening exchanges. And given how evenly these two sides are matched, there is more than a strong chance of this tie going to extra time.

Liverpool have lost just one game in the Champions League this season, although it came in their most recent outing, against Roma, 4-2. Before that they had blown away both FC Porto and Manchester City, but defensive frailties have been a constant concern throughout the season.

The semi-final against Roma was a case in point. Liverpool raced into a 5-0 lead after just an hour in the first leg at Anfield. But they allowed the Italians to net two late goals and give themselves a sliver of a chance of making it through to the final.

And in the return leg in Roma, Liverpool scored twice yet conceded four goals to only go through via a single goal. Their ferocity and bravery in attack, however, may be the perfect tonic to Real’s own offensive prowess of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

The Spanish club did not end the season in the greatest of form, winning just one of their last five outings, and it is fair to say that victory is of vital importance for them to save their season. Whether Liverpool will give them the space to breathe, however, is another matter entirely.

In short, this looks to be a great contest between two of the strongest sides of the continent. There will almost certainly be goals in this one and owing to Liverpool’s attack, which has bagged 90 goals this campaign, many are backing the English to cause an upset. with Liverpool priced at 3.05 to lift the crown.

 

2017/2018 Champions League Final – Odds provided by Oddsshark

(2.20) Real Madrid x Liverpool FC (3.05); Draw (3.60)