Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Tips – 26th May 2018
This season’s Champions League will live long in the memory. We’ve been treated to some of the best European ties of all time and it’s fitting that two of the most entertaining teams will face off in the final.
Real Madrid had to ride their luck at times and have been far from faultless but the two-time defending Champions League winners have drawn on all their experience to book their place in the final.
Liverpool were relative outsiders in the Champions League betting at the start of the season and had to qualify for the tournament proper. But they set out their stall when putting six past Hoffenheim in the playoff round of qualifying and arrive in the final with a reputation as one of the most fearsome attacking sides in Europe.
Real Madrid’s experience makes them the odds-on favourites in the betting to lift the Champions League trophy but will Liverpool’s fairy tale continue and see them crowned European champions for a sixth time?
Too Close to Call in Kyiv
Real Madrid have long been one of the favourites in the outright Champions League betting but you have to say that they look a little short ahead of the final at 8/11 with William Hill.
Yes, Zinedine Zidane and his players know exactly what it takes to win the biggest tournament in club football but they’re more than a little fortunate to make it to the final, just ask fans of Juventus or Bayern Munich.
Experience is important when it comes to dealing with the pressure but it will take much more to stop Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino. Those three have combined for 29 Champions League goals and 54 in the Premier League this season and have the quality to ensure that Liverpool are never out of a game.
Real Madrid have a wealth of goalscoring option themselves – spearheaded by the best Champions League marksman of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo – and they do have the edge in terms of quality all over the pitch.
But, Liverpool are more than a match for every time in Europe when at their best and we don’t think they’re going to fluff their lines. In fact, we believe this is too close to call but there are still several routes to profit with your betting.
Goals the Way to Go with Your Champions League Bets
Given the amount of attacking quality that will take to the field at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, it makes sense to expect plenty of goals on Saturday evening.
From a betting perspective, start with what should be a safe bet on both teams to score at 4/9 with SunBets.
If you fancy a little more of a risk, bet on over 3.5 goals which is 6/5 with Betfred.
Real Madrid took the lead inside 20 minutes when comfortably beating Juventus in last season’s Champions League final. They’ll be targeting a similarly fast start against Liverpool but, as we’ve seen, the Reds are just as capable of scoring an early goal or two.
Therefore, a bet on over 1.5 goals being scored in the first half is tempting at 22/19 with 888Sport.
Classy Firmino the Man to Break the Deadlock
Such is the attacking intent of Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp’s management that it’s no surprise to see Salah, Mané and Firmino all sitting just behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the running to be the Champions League’s top goalscorer.
Firmino doesn’t get the same number of chances as Salah and Mané but he remains Liverpool’s main striker. The Brazilian is a class act in the box and looks the best betting value to score the game’s first goal at 15/2 with Boylesports.