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Champions League final picks: Liverpool vs Real Madrid

FixtureLiverpool v Real Madrid
Date28/05/2022
VenueStade De France
Liverpool odds+100
Real Madrid odds+250
Draw+260

Liverpool:

Liverpool started their UEFA Champions League campaign in flying form as they scored 11 goals on the way to winning all three group games. The Reds entered the knockout phase of the competition with a 100% win record throughout, alongside Ajax and Bayern Munich. Liverpool’s attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Diogo Jota all scored in the group matches however it was the Egyptian who was in red hot form bagging seven goals in the first six games.

Liverpool showed signs they could go far in the competition right from the off as they breezed past Inter Milan 0-2 away from home in the round of 16 first leg. The Reds reached the quarterfinals after a nervy 1-0 loss at Anfield in the reverse fixture - their only defeat in the competition so far. In the next round, Benfica hosted Jurgen Klopp’s men in a match that ended 1-3 to Liverpool with January signing Luis Diaz slotting in a late goal to ease the pressure going into the second leg. The game at Anfield was a thriller that ended 3-3 and saw the home side seal their spot in the semifinals. Sadio Mane was on the scoresheet in both legs as Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0 at home before surviving a second leg scare from the Spanish side. They went into the break 2-0 up to level the tie. In a game of two halves, Liverpool ended up winning 2-3 to book their ticket to the final in Paris. However, this result showed the Reds have their defensive weaknesses and can be vulnerable when put under pressure.

After final day drama in the Premier League meant Manchester City were crowned champions, Liverpool’s quadruple hopes were over. Klopp will be insistent his side finish the 2021/22 season with a seventh Champions League victory for the club and a third trophy of the campaign.

Real Madrid:

Real Madrid’s road to the 2022 Champions League final has been a rollercoaster ride full of ups, downs and plenty of surprises. The Spanish giants found themselves in a relatively easy group. However in the second gameweek of the competition, Los Blancos were dealt a major shock when they lost at home to Moldovan side Sheriff. This result educated Carlo Ancelotti’s side to not take their spot in the competition for granted as they went onto win the rest of their games and top the group with 15 points.

From there, Madrid brought the entertainment whenever they played in the knockout stages. The 13-time Champions League winners showed why they are the most successful club in this competition. Los Blancos started their Champions League knockout stage journey against a star-studded PSG side. Real’s experience saw them turn around a two goal deficit in the second half of the second leg thanks to a sublime Karim Benzema hattrick. The Frenchman then stunned Chelsea with another hattrick at Stamford Bridge to give Real Madrid a 3-1 lead to take to The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Last year’s UCL winners were three goals up before a late Rodrygo goal took the quarter-final to extra time before a Benzema header saw Madrid into the semi-finals against last year’s runners up. The first leg at The Etihad saw a Champions League classic ending 4-3 to Manchester City. The second meeting was a tighter game with all the goals coming after the 70th minute, with Mahrez striking first before two stoppage time goals from Rodrygo meant the game spectacularly went to extra time, no prizes for guessing who scored to send Real to the final. Benzema kept his cool to convert from the spot in the 95th minute.

Liverpool v Real Madrid head-to-head:

The UEFA Champions League is at the core of both club’s identities. Between the two, the iconic title has been won 19 times. They have been able to attract the biggest names in world soccer due to their successful history in the prestigious competition and their realistic ambitions of achieving more glory.

Liverpool has had a successful domestic season winning the League Cup, FA Cup and placing second in the Premier League with 92 points. Similar to the Reds, Real Madrid are on course to win their third trophy of the season if they can overcome Liverpool in Paris. Los Blancos walked LaLiga winning the title with 13 points between them and second placed Barcelona whilst lifting the Spanish Super Cup in January.

The two most recently played each other in last year’s quarter-finals with the Spanish side progressing by winning 3-1 on aggregate with Salah and Vinicius Junior both scoring. However most fans will remember their infamous UCL final match in 2018. Real Madrid lifted the trophy that year thanks to a Loris Karius mistake and amazing acrobatics by Gareth Bale who is unlikely to feature in Paris.

Liverpool go into this match as favorites however as Real Madrid have shown this season, the game is not over until the referee blows the final whistle. We should be in for another entertaining spectacle.

Player to watch Liverpool: Mohammed Salah

Mohammed Salah has had another fantastic season for Liverpool and is etching his name into Merseyside folklore. The Egyptian’s first half of the season was electric, he had 15 goals before Christmas and scored in seven consecutive games including a hattrick against Manchester United. It was always going to be difficult for Salah to maintain that record in the second half of the year however he ended the domestic season with the Golden Boot, scoring a total of 23 league goals as well as providing the most assists.

The forward ended his goal drought with his goal against Wolves on the final day which will give him confidence going into the Champions League final. He’s the competition’s fourth top scorer with eight goals and is always looking to score as seen in his 34 total attempts. Salah recently revealed who he wanted to play against in the final. He said: “I want to play Madrid, I have to be honest.” The Liverpool star stated he wanted to beat Real as they won the 2018 final where he was forced into an early substitution after an injury. It’s safe to say the Egyptian is raring to go and we can see him scoring to cap off a great season.

Player to watch Real Madrid: Karim Benzema

After the season Karim Benzema has had, he’s made himself front runner for the 2022 Balon D’or award. Despite being 34 this season, the striker has had one of his best years in front of goal. In LaLiga, the French international won top goal scorer with his 27 goals whilst also leading the team in assists showing how valuable he is to the side.

The Frenchman has excelled in the UEFA Champions League this season, he has the most goals (15), the most shots on target (23) and most goal attempts (45). The striker has been a crucial part to the club’s success this season. We are backing Benzema to find the net again as he did against Liverpool in 2018.

Summary:

  • Poised to be a classic

  • Both sides battling for their third piece of silverware this season

  • Salah out for revenge

  • Benzema to round off an amazing season with his fifth UCL trophy?

Liverpool v Real Madrid free betting picks and predictions:

  • Over 2.5 match goals (-139)

  • Salah to score anytime (+110)

  • Benzema to score anytime (+130)

  • Both players to score in 90 minutes (+450)

UEFA Champions League Odds

Moneyline
Handicap
Total
Odds Settings
Game
Jul 5, 22 @ 5:45 PM UTC
PFC Ludogorets 1945
PFC Ludogorets 1945
Sutjeska
Sutjeska
Draw
Jul 5, 22 @ 6:00 PM UTC
TNS
TNS
Linfield
Linfield
Draw
Jul 5, 22 @ 6:00 PM UTC
Ballkani
Ballkani
Zalgiris Vilnius
Zalgiris Vilnius
Draw
Jul 5, 22 @ 6:00 PM UTC
Lech Poznan
Lech Poznan
Qarabag
Qarabag
Draw

Odds updated: Jun 28, 2:19 AM UTC

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