Two of the truly elite teams in European football will meet for the biggest prize in club soccer this weekend. Real Madrid is out to double up the rest of Europe as the Spanish giants will be playing for their 14th Champions League title. No other club has won more than seven Champions League crowns (AC Milan), so to say Real Madrid is in rarified air is an understatement. However, they are not favored to beat Liverpool, and the Reds can tie Inter with seven Champions League titles if they can knock off Real Madrid in Paris.
Champions League Final – Liverpool FC vs. Real Madrid
When: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis France
TV: CBS and Paramount Plus
UEFA Champions Legue Final Betting Odds at BookMaker.eu
Liverpool FC +110
Real Madrid +229
Total 2.5 and 3
This could have been an all-time great season for Liverpool, but they will have to either settle for a double or a treble after failing to catch Manchester City for the Premier League title on Decision Day. The Citizens nearly relinquished the title after falling behind 2-0 at home to Aston Villa, but they rallied to secure the requisite three points. Liverpool won the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and a Champions League title would be more than just a small consolation.
Liverpool is likely relishing the opportunity to take on a Real Madrid side that beat them 3-1 in Kyiv four years ago in the Champions League Final. Mo Salah had to come off in the 29th minute after separating his shoulder in an altercation with Sergio Ramos, but Liverpool still largely controlled the run of play for long stretches despite being an underdog.
Unfortunately, goalkeeper Loris Karius made two critical errors that led to Real Madrid goals, resulting in a Liverpool loss.
Real Madrid is not as dominant of a squad as we have seen in recent years. They did win another La Liga title, but the Spanish league is not as strong as it once was with Barcelona having to rebuild due to its financial situation. The Whites were anywhere from somewhat fortunate to extremely fortunate to advance in all three stages of the knockout rounds too, as they needed miracles to get past both Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester City.
Champions League Final Free Pick
There will be a lot of action on Real Madrid ahead of this match. Some bettors see Real Madrid as a team of destiny after their incredible comebacks at the Bernabeu, while others will just see the price tag and jump at the chance to bet the top team in Champions League history as an underdog.
Don’t fall into either trap though. There is a reason why Liverpool is close to an odds-on favorite on the three-way line. The Reds have been exceptional on the attack this year, and they have two elite strikers in Sadio Mane and Mo Salah that play off each other extremely well. The midfield has been solid with captain Jordan Henderson in the center of the pitch, and Virgil van Dijk has proven himself time and again on this stage.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid is a flawed team. Karim Benzema is a talisman that keeps delivering in crucial moments, but there isn’t much help otherwise up top. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are past their prime, and the back line has been porous all throughout the Champions League. Liverpool should net multiple goals and pick up a win.
Champions League Final Best Bet: Liverpool FC
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