Real Madrid vs Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Real Madrid vs Liverpool predictions for Saturday’s massive Champions League clash in Kiev. Real Madrid look to lift an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League trophy when they take on Jurgen Klopp’s scintillating Liverpool side in Kiev on Saturday.
Reason For Real Madrid vs Liverpool Betting Tips
Real Madrid make the trip to Ukraine looking to further cement their status as the most successful side in Champions League history. They play in their 16th final on Saturday, and with 12 of their 15 ending in victory, they are clearly specialists in the big games. Should they win this they will have won an unprecedented three in a row, but they have opposition used to upsetting the balance of things in Liverpool.
Zinedine Zidane’s side aren’t in the best of shape either to be honest. They threw away a two goal lead on the final day of the La Liga season to make it just one win from their last five competitive matches. One of these was their 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich at the beginning of the month, a result which made it 4-3 on aggregate, to send Real Madrid to the final.
However, these issues in defence will certainly be a worry to the travelling Spaniards. They have conceded at least two goals in four of their last five games, and have only managed one clean sheet in their last 11 competitive matches. Now they come face to face with the most devastating attacking trio in the world. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane have scored 31 goals between them in the Champions League this season, so they will fancy their chances against the fragile Real Madrid back line.
It’s Firmino that we’re most interested in. The Brazilian centre forward has had an excellent season this year, despite being somewhat overshadowed by the heroics of Salah. He has scored 11 Champions League goals, including four in the knockout stages, and at such a good price we like the look of him as our anytime goalscorer predictions.
Liverpool aren’t exactly defensively stalwart either though. They have won just two of their last six competitive games and shipped four to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie. In fact, they have conceded nine goals in their last six competitive games, and they haven’t faced a side quite like Real Madrid in that time.
This has all the makings of an absolute classic, and we could be in for a footballing treat on Saturday night to get us salivating for the upcoming World Cup. Liverpool’s front three and Real Madrid’s talisman forward Cristiano Ronaldo have scored 46 goals between them in the Champions League this season. In total, Liverpool and Real Madrid have scored 70 goals in the competition this season, with Liverpool taking 40 of those and Zidane’s men the other 30.
Obviously this, along with both sides’ rather troublesome back lines, means there have been a lot of high scoring affairs. Seven of Real Madrid’s 12 Champions League games this season have seen at least four goals, as have eight of Liverpool’s 14 outings in the competition. Not only that, but five of Real Madrid’s last six games in all competitions, and four of Liverpool’s last six, have also seen four goals or more. This makes an Over 3.5 Goals bet look very good value indeed, so we’re backing that.
In the end though, we expect Real Madrid to triumph. They have won 12 of their 15 European Cup and Champions League final appearances, and led by Cristiano Ronaldo, have won the competition three times in the last four years. Ronaldo has 15 goals in the competition this season and has netted a ridiculous 43 goals in his last 37 games in the competition. He should be able to lead them to yet another trophy, so we’re backing Real Madrid to Win and Both Teams to Score alongside a 3-2 correct score predictions.
Real Madrid Predicted Lineup: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Vazquez, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema
Liverpool Predicted Lineup: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino
Head to Head
Real Madrid and Liverpool have met twice in the Champions League before, with Liverpool winning 5-0 on aggregate in the 2008/09 campaign and Real Madrid winning both group matches in 2014.
Real Madrid Team News
Real Madrid are expecting to take a fully fit squad to Kiev with them after both Dani Carvajal and Cristiano Ronaldo returned from injury against Villarreal.
Liverpool Team News
Emre Can and James Milner both returned to training well in advance of the final on Saturday, but Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Joe Gomez remain sidelined.
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Real Madrid vs Liverpool Stats
- Real Madrid have won 80% of their European Cup and Champions League finals, making them the most successful side in the competition’s history.
- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 43 goals in his last 37 Champions League games, and is just two goals away from equalling his record of 17 goals in a single campaign.
- Real Madrid have seen at least four goals in 58% of their Champions League games this season and have scored 30 times.
- Liverpool have seen four or more scored in 57% of their Champions League matches, netting 40 goals in total.
- Real Madrid haven’t failed to score in a Champions League match since April 2016.
- Liverpool have scored in all but one of their Champions League games this season.
Published: May 26, 2018
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