Kick-off: 2000, 28/05/2022
Stadium: Stade de France
TV: BT Sport
Real Madrid have enjoyed an incredible run through to the Champions League final and it may just be written in the stars for them to lift the trophy.
The Whites were outplayed for long periods by PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City but somehow found a way through each of those tough ties.
They are underdogs again in the decider but 2.45 for the Spanish giants to secure a 14th outright success is tempting enough to be our first Liverpool vs Real Madrid prediction.
Liverpool made smooth progress through to the knockout rounds, winning all six group-stage games, but there have been some bumps in the road since then.
The Reds were beaten at home by Inter Milan and only drew with Benfica at Anfield, but had done enough in away first legs to progress.
A 2-0 win over Villarreal on Merseyside set them up to reach the final, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were given an almighty scare in Spain.
Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin cancelled out that advantage before half-time, but Liverpool regrouped with goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane after the break.
Klopp described making a third Champions League final in five years as: “Massive. Outstanding.”
He added: “A completely normal thing like the first half can happen but how we reacted and how it happened is special.”
Mohamed Salah has already expressed a desire to avenge a 3-1 loss to Real in the 2018 decider and the Reds are always a threat going forward.
However, they can be exposed at the back by counter-attacks and the Whites have shown how dangerous they are on the break.
Looking at the 2.75 for both teams to score in normal time and the underdogs to win or draw at that point.
Real Madrid Odds
Real have had to overcome all kinds of trials and tribulations during their campaign, not least an early loss to Moldovan minnows Sheriff at the Bernabeu.
However, they won five other pool matches, including a couple of clean-sheet victories over Inter.
In the round of 16, the Whites lost 1-0 away to PSG and went behind on home turf before a quickfire Karim Benzema hat-trick turned things around.
Benzema bagged another treble in a 3-1 triumph at Chelsea in the quarter-finals but the Blues stormed into a 3-0 lead in Spain.
However, Rodrygo levelled the aggregate score on 80 minutes and then Benzema settled the issue in extra-time.
The drama only increased against Manchester City, who won 4-3 at Etihad Stadium and led 1-0 in the 90th minute in Madrid.
Rodrygo’s amazing double sent the tie into extra-time, though, and who else but Benzema could slot home a penalty to cap off another incredible comeback.
Carlo Ancelotti calmly commented: “The game was close to being finished but we managed to find the last energy we had.
“I cannot say we are used to living this kind of life, but what happened here happened against Chelsea and also against Paris.
“If you have to say why, it is the history of this club that helps us to keep going when it seems that we are gone.”
Benzema now has 15 goals in this competition, seven more than Liverpool’s leading marksman Salah, and the veteran striker is tipped to score the last goal at Stade de France.
Vinicius Junior could also wreak havoc as his pace is certain to trouble Trent Alexander-Arnold – and he did bag a brace when Real beat the Reds 3-1 in last season’s quarter-finals.
Given the way they have played to get this far, 14.0 for the Whites to come from behind and win is another bet worth adding to our Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting tips.
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