Kick-off: Saturday, May 26 @7:45 PM GMT
Venue: NSK Olimpijs’kyj (Dinamo Kiev)
Head to head record
Real Madrid vs Liverpool 1-0 (2015/2014 Champions League)
Liverpool vs Real Madrid 0-3 (2014/2015 Champions League)
Liverpool vs Real Madrid 4-0 (2008/2009 Champions League)
Real Madrid vs Liverpool 0-1 (2008/2009 Champions League)
Liverpool vs Real Madrid 1-0 (1981 European Cup)
Real Madrid vs Liverpool prediction
Real Madrid and Liverpool meet in the Champions League final for the first time ever. The Reds outplayed los Blancos in the 1981 European Cup final and, no doubt, the Spanish giants are hungry for revenge.
Third in a row
Real Madrid failed to impress in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign, with the team finishing the process in third place in the standings. Los Blancos struggled in the Copa del Rey as well and, no doubt, fans are hungry for trophies. Zinedine Zidane’s troops did well to crush Juventus in the 2016/2017 Champions League final and they are now on a quest to clinch their third consecutive trophy in the prestigious competition. Zinedine Zidane has a number of high-profile players to choose from and the good news for Real Madrid supporters is that Cristiano Ronaldo is fully fit for the title game. Los Blancos set up a meeting with the Reds in the Champions League final by beating the likes of PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munchen and that is probably the main reason why they are considered favourites to win Saturday’s clash.
Dani Carvajal has recovered in time to face Liverpool in the Champions League final, meaning that Zinedine Zidane has a full squad to choose from.
All eyes on Salah
Despite being regarded as underdogs in the double-header against Manchester City, Liverpool did well to roll over Pep Guardiola’s troops in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. To make things even better for the fans, the Reds defeated Roma in the semis and booked their place in the final of the prestigious competition. Mohamed Salah just can’t stop scoring and the Egyptian attacker is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Jurgen Klopp’s troops are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Real Madrid, but they will have to improve defensively if they are to lift the trophy. It has been 13 years since Liverpool won their last Champions League title. Back then the Premier League side came from three goals behind to beat Milan on penalties, but defeating the star-studded Spaniards is easier said than done. Anyhow, Jurgen Klopp’s men will, as always, leave their hearts on the field.
Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joseph Gomez are all sidelined with an injury, whilst James Milner and Emre Can are both rated doubtful and the duo will be assessed on the match day.
- Liverpool failed to score in previous two meetings with Real Madrid
- Reds have been averaging 3,33 goals per match this season
- Cristiano Ronaldo has already scored 15 goals in the Champions League this term
- Real Madrid are eyeing their 13th CL title
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in each of previous 9 Real Madrid games in CL
Real Madrid vs Liverpool betting pick
Both Real Madrid and Liverpool are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in the NSK Olimpijs’kyj clash and a lively contest is on the cards. Mohamed Salah is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line, but given Los Blancos’ experience, I believe that Zinedine Zidane’s men are going to defend their Champions League trophy on Saturday evening.
Pick: Real Madrid to win