Champions League Final 2018: Real Madrid vs Liverpool
Real Madrid and Liverpool proved to be the best European teams that will fight for the most prestigious continental trophy — the UEFA Champions League Cup 2018. It promises to be a great and thrilling final with Los Blancos hoping to claim a third crown in a row and the Reds striving to win their first European title since 2005.
UEFA Champions League 2018 Finalists
Real Madrid and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League final 2018, meeting most experts and football fans’ expectations expressed after semi-final first-leg matches. Zinedine Zidane’s men managed to finish the return-leg semi-final match against Bayern Munich in a 2-2 draw, achieving the 4-3 aggregate score in the Spanish team’s favour. Without a doubt, Real Madrid are in the middle of their era of European success. Apart from Bayern, the team left behind Paris Saint Germain and Juventus — teams that won their domestic championships last season. Now, Los Blancos have a chance to win their fourth European Champions League trophy over the last five years. It’s needless to say that they will bend over backwards to fulfil this task.
Liverpool, in their turn, also have remarkable Champions League football campaign. Although they were beaten by Roma 4-2 in a breath-taking encounter at the Stadio Olimpico, the Merseyside team still managed to advance to the final. The Reds didn’t allow the Italians to overturn a 5-2 deficit, winning them 7-6 on aggregate. Apart from Roma, Liverpool also crashed new English Premier League champions Manchester City in both quarter-final matches. It’s definitely not an easy task even for the strongest European clubs. It’s worth mentioning that Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino hit the record by scoring 29 goals in a single Champions League campaign. It is one more than scored by their opponents from Real Madrid — Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale during the 2013/2014.
When is the UEFA Champions League Final 2018?
The Champions League final 2018 will be held at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. If you’re searching for the Champions League final time, you want to know that the match will kick off at 20:45 (CET) on Saturday, 26 May.
Road to the Final: Real Madrid and Liverpool
UEFA Champions League Results
Let’s recall how Real Madrid and Liverpool made their journey during their 2017/2018 campaign. Here, it’s important to mention that as a result of UEFA Champions League draw, Real Madrid and Liverpool had probably the strongest competitors in their quarter-finals — Juventus and Manchester City. For Los Blancos, the Champions League draw was particularly tough. Apart from the Old Lady, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co competed with Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint Germain, and Bayern Munich.
So, let’s have a look at Real Madrid and Liverpool’s Champions League games results:
Round 1: Real Madrid 3-0 APOEL Nicosia
Round 2: Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Real Madrid
Round 3: Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Round 4: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Real Madrid
Round 5: APOEL Nicosia 0-6 Real Madrid
Round 6: Real Madrid 3-2 Borussia Dortmund
Round of 16
Real Madrid 3-1 Paris Saint Germain;
Paris Saint Germain 1-2 Real Madrid;
Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid;
Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus;
Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid;
Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich;
Round 1: Liverpool 2-2 Sevilla;
Round 2: Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool;
Round 3: Maribor 0-7 Liverpool;
Round 4: Liverpool 3-0 Maribor;
Round 5: Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool;
Round 6: Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow;
Round of 16
FC Porto 0-5 Liverpool;
Liverpool 0-0 Porto;
Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City;
Manchester City 1-2 Liverpool;
Liverpool – Roma 5-2;
Roma – Liverpools 4-2;
Champions League Winner Odds
Let’s also take a peek at the Champions League betting odds provided by online bookmakers for both teams to win the final and lift the cup:
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With the shorter Champions League odds, Real Madrid are the bookmakers’ favourites to win the upcoming final in Kyiv. The experience of leading Zinedine Zidane’s players was likely to be the key factor which determined prices in betting lines. With that, let’s analyze the strong and weak points of both sides and evaluate the chances of competitors to lift the trophy.
UEFA Champions League Betting Preview
Although Real Madrid weren’t at their best during the quarter-final and semi-final matches against Juventus and Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane’s men are absolutely confident about their abilities. Los Blancos impatiently crave for hitting the new record and winning the third League Champions Cup in a row. Moreover, this can be the fourth continental trophy taken by the Spanish side over the last five years.
With that, Real Madrid have been looking vulnerable at times, and Merseyside’s hunters will definitely try to get most of it. Los Blancos conceded three goals during the thrilling home quarter-final against Juventus, and the same number on aggregate against Bayern Munich. Without a doubt, such performance should be a matter of concern, especially before the clash with furious Liverpool. The English outfit resembles a powerful scoring machine during this year’s tournament, so, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co shouldn’t be overoptimistic about the upcoming game.
Liverpool scored five goals and conceded twice in the remarkable semi-final first-leg match against AS Roma. In the return leg, Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum’s shots allowed Jurgen Klopp’s men to achieve the positive aggregate score. Remarkably, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino belong to three of the four top scorers in the current Champions League campaign. More confidence for Liverpool should come from the Spanish side not being quite as invincible as it was when Real Madrid won the title in 2016 and 2017. Many football experts and analytics believe that the Merseyside side has more than enough power to outcompete shaky Los Blancos. Other pundits, however, consider that the Champions League draw was just more favourable for Jurgen Klopp’s men who had Porto and Roma for rivals.
Liverpool undoubtedly have an amazing season, however, their success is determined by the outstanding performance of their three forwards. The other part of the team has problems, and the fact that they give away goals in nearly every match is a vivid evidence of this. The Reds conceded two goals in a recent game against Premier League outsider West Bromwich Albion, six goals on aggregate against AS Roma, so Los Blancos will certainly be happy to see such Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv.
To sum it up, we will most likely be witnessing a thrilling encounter with goals from two sides. Football results Champions League shown by both outfits give reason to expect a real goalfest. Both teams will try to get most of their great goalscoring form and exploit opponents’ mistakes in defence. That’s why, we think, it makes sense to consider the Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 goals selection a good choice for this game.
Now, it’s your time to pick the right betting outcome and place a winning bet!