Real Madrid has a record of Champions League excellence that is truly astounding. They are 13 time winners and are chasing a third consecutive title. No team in history has ever won three consecutive championships. Liverpool has quite a history in their own right. They have five Champions League titles on the resume. No team has scored more goals in this competition than Liverpool. Real Madrid is a small UEFA Champions League betting odds favorite. Respect for both teams is strong. And history may beckon for both of these clubs.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Final
Date and Time: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev Ukraine
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Odds at SBG: Real Madrid – ½ (+124), Liverpool + ½ (-139), Over (-134), Under (+119), Liverpool +216, Real Madrid +127, Draw +281
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid TV Coverage: ESPN, Fox Sports
UEFA Champions League History
Few UEFA Champions League teams can match the historic cache of this year’s finalists. Liverpool defeated Real Madrid the last time they met for the championship. It was a 1-0 triumph back in 1981. What is ironic about that Real Madrid defeat is intriguing. It was the last time they ever suffered a loss in the Champions League Final. Liverpool and Real Madrid have met five times in the past. Liverpool took three of the fixtures. Real Madrid won twice. Liverpool tallied six goals in those games. Real Madrid scored four goals in those matches.
Most Appealing Matchups in Soccer
Many factors make this one of the most appealing matchups in memory. Among them are that Real Madrid and Liverpool are two of the most famous names in football. Liverpool has had a brief dip with the UEFA Champions League betting odds. This is their first final appearance in 11 years. Head coach Zinedine Zidane is another draw for Real Madrid. He is among the most respected leaders in the game. In his career with Real Madrid he has posted 103 wins. Zidane has lost just 16 out of 148 matches with 29 draws. The Royal has never achieved the level of respect that Zidane has led them too.
And of course, there is no bigger name than Cristiano Ronaldo. Real Madrid’s marquee man is aiming for a fifth championship. He would be only the fifth player in history to do so. Ronaldo has posted 311 goals with 292 apps for Real Madrid. Ronaldo’s success is based on his versatility. He can excel anywhere on the pitch, and is a capable scorer from any foot. He is considered with Lionel Messi to be the top player of this generation. Ronaldo has a competition best 15 goals. No player is a greater sportsbook asset.
Important Liverpool Names
Liverpool has dangerous threats on their own right. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Saudio Mane will keep Real Madrid fully occupied. Salah and Firmino have 10 goals each. Mane has added nine.
Matchup to Watch
Liverpool certainly has the goal scoring potential to take this game. But the matchup advantage belongs to Real Madrid and their defense. The renowned Liverpool attack may be checked by Real Madrid like few other opponents can do. In most cases defense wins championships. And that is why Real Madrid is the UEFA Champions League betting odds chalk.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Betting Odds Picks
Look for Real Madrid to achieve an historic triumph. Real Madrid should win. And become the first team to win the Champions League title for a third consecutive season.
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Betting Online Pick: Real Madrid
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid Betting Online Score Prediction: Real Madrid 2, Liverpool 1
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