Wed, May 23, 2:14pm by Staff Writer
Date and Time: Sunday May 27, 4:45am AEST
Venue: Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, Kiev, Ukraine
TV: SBS, beIN Sports
Liverpool and Real Madrid will take centre stage for the biggest showpiece in European, if not world, club football. The Champions League is a tournament that brings together the best European clubs to battle it out for supremacy. These two giants have incredible histories in this format as well as the previous European Cup, although history will not decide the outcome of the final.
As the most successful English side in this competition, Liverpool are rightly proud of their five triumphs over the years. Yet that is dwarfed by the fact that Real Madrid have won it an unbelievable 12 times and will be appearing in their third straight final. On both those occasions they lifted the trophy at the end of the match.
Real Madrid have had an indifferent season with their failings in La Liga and the Copa Del Rey well publicised. Despite struggling domestically, they have been at their best on the European stage. The famous Champions League anthem appears to lift their entire squad to new heights and no one more so than Cristiano Ronaldo. At times this season he has been their leading light and they will be looking to him get the club over the line in the final.
The Spanish sides route to the final saw them put on their best display in the Round of 16, as they emphatically dispatched of Paris St Germain. It was a Ronaldo inspired performance that saw them overcome the high spending French club, before they then got the better of Juventus and Bayern Munich.
They are favourites heading into this match at $2.20 to win the game in 90 minutes and stand at $1.59 to lift the cup regardless of extra time or penalties.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool continue to play an exciting brand of football that has seen them score plenty of goals this season. With Mohammed Salah leading from the front, they have some serious goal scoring form with which to cause worries for Real. The EPL Golden Boot winner has made a name for himself in his first season with Liverpool and will go down in the history books if he can fire them to a Champions League victory.
Liverpool were guilty in the EPL of poor defending at times this year and will need to be at their best on that front if they are to keep Real at bay. Too often they let games slip away with lapses of concentration at the back that undermined their attacking threat.
They stand at $3 to win the game in regular time and at $2.31 to lift the cup.
Neither of these sides have had the best season in their respective leagues, but they have the chance to put some real gloss on their year with a win.
Bet of the Match – Half Time/Full Time – Draw/Real Madrid at $6
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