Real Madrid vs Liverpool (7:45pm) – Champions League final 2018
- Real Madrid to win the match
- Over 2.5 goals in the match
- Cristiano Ronaldo to score at anytime
- Sergio Ramos to get a yellow card
- Over 9 corners in the match
This Saturday, May 26: Champions League Final Bet Builder has five selections in what will undoubtedly be a final to remember.
This is the big one. The Champions League is commonly accepted as one of the measures for the title of ‘the best club side in the world’. Liverpool, who have won the European Cup five times, beat AS Roma in the semi-finals to advance the final. The reigning champs, Real Madrid, who edged past Bayern Munich in the semis, are hunting an unprecedented hat-trick of Champions League triumphs after winning it in 2016 and 2017.
There’s been a lot said about the outrageous ticket prices to get into watch at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, but surely having a flutter on it is a better way to go about your evening. We have gone for a bet builder that returns a big wedge.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Vasquez, Ronaldo, Benzema
Who will win?
Let’s tackle the big question first. Real Madrid are naturally favourites. They have the quality throughout their side and have experience of winning this trophy. A lot. In terms of head-to-heads, they last met in 2014 when Real beat Liverpool twice, 1-0 and 3-0. Quite a few of that Real side are still in the squad, which tells you a lot about their experience. Liverpool side is completely different from that 2014 lineup.
Liverpool had a decent enough Premier League season but it is easy to get carried away with their success. Truth is they finished fourth below City, United and Spurs. Of those four sides, only City would be backed to beat Real Madrid. Another home truth is, apart from playing City, they had a fairly comfortable route to the final. Porto, Man City and Roma are no comparison to Real’s opponents, PSG, Juventus, and Bayern.
Real’s La Liga season was less than impressive by their standards, finishing third behind Atletico and miles behind Barcelona. And a new feature to their side was their shaky defence. They conceded 44 goals in 38 games, which is ten more than last season, and more than they have in the previous nine seasons. It is double the amount of goals that their rivals Atletico conceded this La Liga campaign. Liverpool will be taking solace in the fact that Real are questionable at the back but will know that their own defence isn’t Fort Knox.
These two sides have a history of scoring tons of goals and conceding them too. Just look at the semi-final aggregate scores, 7-6 and 4-3. The top four goal-scorers in this year’s competition are all playing in this game – Ronaldo, Firmino, Salah and Mane. These two sides are the leading scorers in the competition, Liverpool with 40 goals and Real Madrid with 30. In fact, Liverpool have scored more this Champions League season than any other side in the history of the competition. With a game to go! Both sides average well over three goals per game in all competitions so an over 2.5 shout should be straightforward.
But who will score?
Salah might seem like the obvious shout because of his ridiculous form this season. However, you’d be a fool to not back the man who scores in every big match for Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo. He has pumped in 15 Champions League goals this season, five more than any other player. Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the competition for 5 consecutive seasons: 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16 and 2016–17, and he looks like he’s going to make that six on the bounce.
If Real Madrid are to win this, it seems more than likely that Ronnie will be on the scoresheet.
Who will get booked?
Ramos has picked up a whopping eleven yellow cards and two reds this season, the highest at Real. Carvajal pushes him close with eleven bookings and one red so either would be a good shout for getting a card. For Liverpool, the main offenders this season have been Emre Can (8 cards) and Dejan Lovren (4 cards) but that pale into comparison with Real. Ramos is the master of the tactical foul and if Real take a lead, he’ll be doing his best to upset the flow of the game.
Surely over 9 corners!
The last leg of the bet builder seems like a no-brainer. There were 30 corner kicks combined in Real’s two legs against Bayern in the semis and 21 in Liverpool’s versus Roma. Real Madrid are yet to have a game under 9 corners in the competition. Both sides average over 9 corners per game in the domestic divisions. Come on!
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