Champions League 2018 Final: Real Madrid v Liverpool Odds and Betting Preview
Top level European club football for the 2017/18 season comes to a conclusion on Saturday evening at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev – kick-off: 19:45 – as Real Madrid look for Champions League win number 13 against England’s most successful European club side, Liverpool, who can improve on their five previous victories.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are looking for their third consecutive Champions League title – and fourth from five attempts – but face the difficult task in overcoming a Liverpool side full of energy, confidence and attacking intent.
This game has all the ingredients of a potential classic; neither team knows how to take a backward step and goals look to be highly likely. We can look forward to a feast of attacking football with two of the most in-form players in world football on show as Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah look to carry their respective team to Champions League glory.
Path to The Final
Zinedine Zidane’s side took the unusual path of qualifying for the Knockout Phase of this season’s Champions League by finishing in runners-up spot in Group H behind Tottenham. Madrid ended their campaign with an admirable 13 points from six games, but the manner of Spurs’ 3-1 win over Madrid at Wembley back in November will give Jurgen Klopp‘s side real belief they can repeat such efforts at the weekend.
Real Madrid were paired with the unenviable task of facing PSG at the Last-16 stage, but their passage was made easier following their 3-1 home win at the Santiago Bernabeu. PSG’s star-man Neymar was subsequently injured during domestic duty before the return fixture and that loss ultimately ended their chances, as Madrid won 5-2 on aggregate.
After destroying Juventus 3-0 in Turin, it seemed as though Real Madrid had already qualified for the Semi Final stage, but the Italian outfit had other ideas for the return fixture. Juve miraculously levelled the tie in Madrid, but a controversial penalty, scored by Ronaldo and a sending off for keeper Gianluigi Buffon in injury-time ended the Italians’ hopes in a crazy tie.
Madrid’s semi-final clash with Bayern Munich had a distinct similarity with their previous win over Juventus. Zidane’s side won 2-1 in Munich, but Bayern fought with great credit to draw 2-2 in Madrid, but ultimately succumbed 4-3 on aggregate.
Liverpool topped a relatively weak Group E by Champions League standards with twelve points, which masked their potential as a real force this season. The Reds cruised to the Last-eight stage with a 5-0 aggregate win over FC Porto, with all five goals coming in the first leg at Anfield.
Klopp’s boys faced Manchester City in the Quarter-Finals, as Liverpool rose to the occasion on home soil with a resounding 3-0 victory. A sky blue onslaught was expected for the return leg in Manchester, but Liverpool held firm, despite conceding early and ultimately eased to a 5-1 win over two legs.
Roma were the next victims at Anfield as the rampant Reds swept aside the Italian outfit with five goals in a sumptuous performance. Roma gave themselves a glimmer of hope with two late strikes to leave Merseyside with a 5-2 defeat. Liverpool led 2-1 in Rome at half time of the second leg, but three late Roma goals led to brief nervousness as Liverpool qualified for their eighth European Cup / Champions League final.
Following Atletico Madrid’s win in the Europa League final last week, the bookmakers believe that Real Madrid can make it a Spanish double with a Champions League win on Saturday. William Hill offer the best industry price of 13/10 on Real to win the game in normal time.
Liverpool are narrowly preferred as the second-best option in the Match Odds market at 111/50 with MarathonBet, while a Draw and extra time can be taken with 10Bet and Sport Pesa at 37/13.
My view on this game is I expect Liverpool to give Real Madrid huge problems due to their high-pressing game. The predicted weather conditions in Kiev for Saturday evening are conducive to help Liverpool suffocate Madrid’s style and that could be the key to this game. Man-for-man, Real Madrid are the better side of the two, without question, but my belief is that the Reds can overcome their more illustrious opponents. 188Bet’s offer of 15/11 for Liverpool to Lift the Trophy is the play to cover all bases.
Individual Goal Scorers
This market will be inundated with wagers on both teams’ star men in Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah and rightly so after having such wonderful campaigns.
Ronaldo is this season’s Champions League top goal scorer with 15 and he can enhance that tally by notching the opening goal with Unibet and William Hill at the top price of 16/5. Salah has 10 in European competition so far and the Egyptian star is narrowly behind at 23/5 with 888Sport and Unibet.
Welshman, Gareth Bale has recently forced his way back into Zidane’s thoughts and the Madrid man could be worth chancing at 13/2 with William Hill. Bale has scored five goals in his last five outings, and he offers some better value than those at the head of the betting.
Mohamed Salah has garnered most of the plaudits for Liverpool this season, but Roberto Firmino’s performances for Liverpool have been highly impressive. The Brazilian has scored ten Champions League goals and provided eight assists, which highlights his incredible efforts this season. The 15/2 on offer again with William Hill is also worthy of consideration.
Other Side Bets
Looking towards other markets for the Champions League final, we look at Both Teams to Score, but the odds are rather prohibitive – just 4/9 with Sun Bets for each team to find the onion bag. It is a very likely winning selection, but it is passed over for something more lucrative.
For our next selection, we look towards the Goals Over / Under market, as Over 3.5 goals in the game at the odds of 31/25 with MarathonBet should be taken. Liverpool only know one way to play – and that is all-out attack. Real Madrid have extensive firepower themselves, and goals will be the common denominator here in a highly-entertaining game.
As usual, our final selection is a Correct Score offering. This time we plump for a 2-2 Full Time Result at the juicy odds of 11/1 with William Hill. This game promises to be an absolute classic. My advice is book your place on your sofa early with a cold beverage of your choice and enjoy!
- OVER 3.5 Goals in the game at 31/25 with MarathonBet (90 minutes play)
- Liverpool to Lift the Trophy at 15/11 with 188Bet
- 2-2 Correct Score bet at 11/1 with William Hill (90 minutes play)