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Liverpool v Real Madrid betting tips: Reds favourites for Champions League glory

| 17.05.2022

Champions League final preview: Liverpool v Real Madrid betting tips

Quadruple-chasing Liverpool will unexpectedly take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris at the end of the month having recovered from an awful first half to beat Villarreal in the last four.

An all-English final seemed on the cards when Manchester City led the 13-time champions 2-0 on aggregate in Madrid heading into the final minute but a double from substitute Rodrygo took the game into extra time where Karim Benzema secured another remarkable comeback with a penalty.

The Reds are the 8/15 favourites to win the trophy in a repeat of the 2018 final and 21/20 to get the job done in normal time as we look at the talking points and odds in our Liverpool v Real Madrid betting tips.

Liverpool v Real Madrid form

No English team has ever won the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season, but Liverpool still have a chance of winning all four trophies.

The Reds beat Chelsea on penalties in both domestic cup finals , but they are also involved in a ding-dong battle with Manchester City in the race for the Premier League on top of their European adventure.

Jurgen Klopp’s side trailed 2-0 at half-time in the second leg in Spain, but thanks to some dubious goalkeeping from Geronimo Rulli they went through with a 3-2 win on the night for a 5-2 aggregate victory to become the first team to win all six away games in the Champions League.

Victory for the Reds would mean they go level with second-placed AC Milan on seven European Cup triumphs, although they would still be six adrift of recently-crowned Spanish champions Real Madrid.

Their group stage was arguably tougher than the knockout phase, yet despite being paired with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto, they emerged with the maximum 18 points and went on to score at least twice in all but one of their 12 games overall.

Liverpool are 7/5 to win and over 1.5 match goals, it’s 19/10 on a win with at least three or we go 13/5 on the Merseysiders winning and conceding.

Real Madrid’s last five matches in the knockout stage involved both teams scoring and at least four goals and that option is available at 15/8, while both teams to score, at least three goals and either team to win – which would have paid out in all of the aforementioned games – is 6/4.

Los Blancos were 20/1 to win this competition at one stage having lost their first home game in the group stage to Moldovan minnows Sheriff Tiraspol, but recovered to finish top of a pool also comprising Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk before the fun really began in a very tough knockout stage.

There, they trailed PSG 1-0 from the first leg in the round of 16 and fell further behind in the return, but a 17-minute second-half hat-trick from Benzema sealed a remarkable win.

In the quarter-finals, the France striker bagged another treble in a 3-1 win at Chelsea, who took a 3-0 lead in the return leg in Madrid only for Rodrygo to level the tie 10 minutes from time before Benzema won it in extra time.

Those players combined to pull off an astonishing win against City to reach the final for a fifth time in nine years, all of which they won.

Los Blancos are 12/5 to win inside 90 minutes, 9/2 to win and concede or 14/1 to win from behind as they have done so frequently in the two-legged phase.

In what should be another thriller, both teams to score and over 2.5 goals catches the eye at 19/20 in our Liverpool v Real Madrid betting tips.

Liverpool v Real Madrid head to head

These decorated clubs are no strangers to each other in European competition and this will be their third meeting in the final.

Left-back Alan Kennedy scored a dramatic 1-0 win in the 1981 showpiece to give the Reds a third title in five years, but four years ago Gareth Bale scored twice in a 3-1 victory in Ukraine to win it for a third successive season and 13th overall.

However, their most recent meeting came in last season’s quarter-finals when Liverpool lost 3-1 in Madrid followed by a goalless draw at Anfield a week later.

The match to be drawn is 5/2 and goals thrown into the equation is 16/5, but odds on wins in extra-time or via penalties for both teams will be published nearer the time.

Liverpool v Real Madrid team news

Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk went off with injuries during Saturday’s FA Cup final, but both players are expected to be fit for Paris.

Roberto Firmino returned from a month out with a foot injury by scoring one of the penalty shoot-out goals at Wembley as an extra-time substitute over the weekend.

However, the Brazilian forward is likely to be on the bench with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota ahead of him in the pecking order.

Real Madrid were missing injured centre-back David Alaba for the second leg of their semi-final, but the Austrian still has a couple of weeks to recover, with Nacho ready to deputise once more.

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard were also absent, although the latter played for the first time in three months at the weekend

Match info

Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris

When: 20:00, Saturday 28th May

How to watch: BT Sport

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Warren Barner