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Two teams with an incredible European pedigree meet in Paris on Saturday in the Champions League final as Real Madrid come up against Liverpool.
Real are the record holders with 13 titles, the most recent of which came in 2018 when they beat 3-1 Liverpool in the final to secure a third successive Champions League crown.
The Reds are England’s most successful team in Europe having taken the top prize on six occasions, with their last success coming in 2019.
In the Madrid dugout, Carlo Ancelotti is bidding to make history by becoming the first manager to win the Champions League four times, while Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is gunning for his second title having guided the Anfield side to the top prize three years ago.
We’re expecting an entertaining affair and using a few selections from our Champions League Final Prediction have put together a huge 381/1 Ultimate Bet Builder tip ahead of the showpiece fixture in European club football at the Stade de France.
381/1 Liverpool vs Real Madrid Ultimate Bet Builder
Karim Benzema to score anytime
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has enjoyed an awesome season in Europe with 15 goals in 11 games. The Frenchman has scored in all four of his appearances against Premier League opposition in this competition, hitting seven goals in total, and looks the standout pick for an anytime goal on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah to assist anytime
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah could well be considered a contender for a goal at anytime himself but for a bit more value an assist from the Egyptian appeals. Salah has the pace to get beyond Real’s backline and has been providing for his team-mates of late, having recorded an assist in each leg of Liverpool’s semi-final success against La Liga outfit Villarreal.
Salah tends to come up with assists in big games, having record them in Premier League games against Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton recently, and there is no bigger occasion than the final of the Champions League.
Vinicius Junior to assist anytime
Vinicius Junior is Real Madrid’s assist leader in the Champions League with six in 12 appearances so far. The Brazilian has been providing for his team-mates on a regular basis over the last couple of months with six assists in his last 11 games, including one in each leg of Los Blancos’ quarter-final success against Chelsea, so back him to record another against Liverpool.
Trent Alexander-Arnold to have one or more shots on target
This is a big price selection and one that looks to offer excellent value at 15/8 at the time of writing. Trent Alexander-Arnold is averaging a solid 1.3 shots-per-game in this competition but he hasn’t been particularly accurate, with just 0.1 per-game on target. However, across all competitions the England international averages a far more impressive 0.5 shots on target per-game and at a big price he looks worth backing to test the keeper at least once.
Eder Militao to be shown a card
Liverpool’s pacey forwards attract plenty of fouls (Sadio Mane, for example, is fouled on average 1.58 times per-game in the Champions League) and that may lead to a few Real players picking up yellow cards. The Spanish giants have been shown a total of 15 cards in their four finals in the last 10 years so at least one of their players is likely to be booked, and Eder Militao looks the best candidate.
The Brazilian defender has four yellow cards in 11 games in the Champions League this season and two of those came in his three games against Premier League sides. Militao commits on average 1.55 fouls-per-game in this competition and there is a reasonable chance he’ll end up in the referee’s notebook.
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