EPL, La Liga Powers to Clash in UCL Final
In a momentous Champions League Final, Liverpool and Real Madrid will meet outside Paris in just over three weeks. If the final is only half as exciting as the semifinals, soccer fans will be in for a treat. Early Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting odds list the English Premier League side as favorites.
However, Real Madrid knocked out the formidable trio of PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City, pulling off comebacks in each round. None was more improbable than turning around a two-goal deficit against Manchester City with just minutes remaining in Thursday’s match. Real will be looking for one last bit of magic to win a record 14th Champions league.
Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Real Madrid Preview
- Location: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
- Date & Time: Saturday May 28, 3 p.m. ET
- TV: CBS, Paramount+
Last five meetings:
- April 2021: Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid
- April 2021: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
- May 2018: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
- Nov 2014: Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
- Oct 2014: Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last five matches vs. Liverpool, including the infamous 2018 UEFA Champions League final. Liverpool keeper Loris Karius, likely concussed, made a couple of unfortunate . Gareth Bale also scored a bicycle kick and Real Madrid won 3-1, capturing their third straight UCL final in the process.
Last season, these teams met in the quarterfinal of the Champions League, but Liverpool were decimated by injuries to both of their starting center backs. Real advanced to the semis, winning 3-1 on aggregate before later falling to Chelsea.
Liverpool: Locked and Loaded
By the end of May, Liverpool could have three more trophies to add to their extensive cabinet if they complete an incredible quadruple. Already League Cup champions, the Reds will contest the Premier League, the FA Cup Final vs. Chelsea and the much-anticipated Champions League final vs. Real Madrid. In any case, it’ll be a very busy May for the Reds with six matches in the next three weeks.
Jurgen Klopp will have to do his best to rotate players while remaining as competitive as possible until the UCL finale. Liverpool’s stars need no introduction and the likes of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold could have their second Champions League title in the last four years. It’s likely that Liverpool will be the more popular pick for betting on the Champions League final.
Since winning their last final in 2019 over Tottenham, Liverpool have vastly improved the supporting cast. Forwards Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have added even more dynamism to an already formidable frontline. This will be Klopp’s fourth appearance in the Champions League final in his managerial career, only bested by Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti. Klopp is 1-2 so far but Liverpool are 6-2 all time in the final.
Real Madrid: Unforgettable Comeback
Real Madrid looked done and dusted late in the second half of the semifinal second leg vs. Manchester City. Riyad Mahrez’s goal had made it 5-3 in favor of Man City and Real Madrid failed to register a single shot on target. That was until Rodrygo was subbed on and made an instant impact.
The young Brazilian winger broke a record by becoming the only player to score two goals in the 90th minute of a knockout stage match. He stunningly sent the match into extra time after Madrid looked done. It was in extra time that Karim Benzema tied the record for most goals in a single UCL knockout stage by winning and converting a penalty past Ederson. It wasn’t always pretty, but Ancelotti’s men completed a massively improbable comeback just a few days after clinching the La Liga title.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting odds list Los Blancos as +275 underdogs. Real Madrid came back from first-leg losses to win in each of the previous knockout rounds. That is the only time that’s ever happened in the Champions League and this is a team with an enormous fighting spirit. Plus, Real Madrid have hoisted the trophy the last seven times they’ve appeared in a Champions League final.
Lofty Expectations for UCL Final
We were nearly headed for a third final in the last four years featuring two English clubs, but this matchup is as good as it gets. There are prolific goal scorers on both sides as Benzema and Real Madrid take on Salah and Liverpool. The Reds have lost just once since 2022 began, so it certainly makes sense why they’re favorites. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a scare or two along the way.
The Reds went into the second leg of the UCL semifinal at Villarreal with a two-goal lead that they blew in the first half. After Klopp’s halftime talk, Liverpool came storming back with three unanswered goals to win 5-2 on aggregate. Both teams in this year’s Champions League final seem to have that special quality of winning without playing anywhere near their best. In a sport of fine margins, it may just take one or two moments of brilliance to take home the trophy.
The Liverpool vs Real Madrid betting odds have Liverpool listed as ½-goal favorites, while the O/U goal total is set at 2½. Four goals have been scored in two of the last three meetings between Liverpool and Real Madrid, but the Reds haven’t beaten Real since 2009. That’s expected to change come Memorial Day Weekend and an incredible match should be on the cards.Follow us on Twitter