Real Madrid vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction
Who will win the biggest prize of all?
Real Madrid to win @ 12/5 with Coral
Over confidence is something that needs to be defended against on both sides in the Champions League final. Liverpool, while underdogs, believe they can attack Real Madrid after watching them squeeze Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich while they dominated FC Porto, Manchester City and Roma, if not over two legs, then certainly half of each tie. Real, though, may feel they are too strong for anyone having won the Champions League three times in the last four years, especially a team as inexperienced as the Reds at the highest level. But both teams deserve huge respect; Liverpool because they have blown so many teams away by playing a superb style of football under Jürgen Klopp, and Real because, despite being far from convincing, they have beaten three of the biggest teams in Europe and their experience is valuable. Simply put, they don’t know when they are beaten.
Liverpool will know that it will be tougher for Real if they start fast; in the group stage, Zinedine Zidane’s men lost 3-1 at Tottenham after struggling to deal with their high pressure at Wembley. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will look to pin them back in Kiev, but Los Blancos will expect to win the midfield battle. Against Bayern Munich, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos were overrun in both legs, but the German side’s inability to finish their chances cost them. Liverpool will be much more ruthless in front of goal so it is imperative Real dictate the tempo; if they do that, they should win the game and the trophy.
Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or, and a good performance on Saturday will only increase their chances. Salah has stunned the world this season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions. He is priced at 10/11 to score anytime with Betfair, while Ronaldo can be found at 4/6, the only man the bookies view as more likely to find the net.
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