Liverpool vs Real Madrid preview, free betting tips and prediction: Can Liverpool stop Real’s European treble?Published May 23, 2018
Real Madrid to win and BTTS with Coral @12/5
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening in Kiev; there could hardly be more of a contrast in the way they have got there. The Reds flexed their attacking muscles in the knockout stages against FC Porto, Manchester City and Roma, but showed their defensive frailties against the same opposition, while Real relied on their experience and a fair bit of luck to get past Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich. Both sides must be confident for different reasons, but it is important that they each keep their heads cool and show each other respect. Real, having won the Champions League in three of the last four years, are clear favourites, but with 44-goal superstar Mohamed Salah in attack, Liverpool will be hoping for a sixth title and first in 13 years.
Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo will be meeting as both hope for a performance and victory that will aid their push for the Ballon d’Or at the end of the season. To even be in the conversation for the biggest individual award in the world shows just how well Salah has performed this season, and a Champions League title, Jürgen Klopp’s first trophy at Anfield, would be the perfect icing on the most remarkable cake for the Egyptian, but we think Real’s superior experience will once again prove decisive.
Liverpool rallied at the end of the Premier League season to stave off a threat from Chelsea to seal a Champions League spot whatever happens on Saturday, but Real Madrid will look at the near collapse in their semi final against Roma, which saw them concede four goals.
Real, too, fought off a second leg battle against Bayern to seal their final place, but a disappointing season in La Liga saw them finish third, behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can, but have no other injury issues.
Zinedine Zidane has a fully fit squad at his disposal.