Back the draw in Saturday’s fascinating Champions League final clash.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Looking at the best sportsbook sites shows that Liverpool are the bookies’ favorite to win the Champions League title for the seventh time. They are rated as +110 with most sportsbooks, while the Spanish giants Real Madrid at +240 and the normal time draw at +260
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How They Got to the Final
Both teams breezed through the Group stage. Real Madrid won five of their six games, while Liverpool went undefeated. Things became a little more complex after that.
Internazionale, the defending Serie A champions at the time, was Liverpool's toughest game of the tournament so far, but a 2-0 win in Milan secured the fixture for Jurgen Klopp's side, who went on to beat Benfica in the quarter-finals and Villarreal, the weakest of the last four teams in the semi-finals.
In the Round of 16, Real met PSG, one of the early favorites for the championship. With half an hour remaining in the second leg, they were 2-0 down on aggregate when Karim Benzema scored a magnificent hat-trick to send them through. In the quarter-final against Chelsea, Benzema came to the rescue once more, scoring four goals over two legs to secure a difficult tie.
The most spectacular of their victories came against Manchester City, who were big favorites, in the semi-finals. Real were behind 4-3 in the first leg in Madrid but scored two goals in injury time, followed by another Benzema extra-time strike, to reach the final.
Champions League Record
Real Madrid and Liverpool are two of Europe's most prominent clubs, and they are unexpectedly near the top of the Champions League's all-time standings.
Real first competed in this tournament in 1956, when it was still known as the European Cup. They've won it 13 times overall, including seven times since it was called the Champions League. They have a strong success rate at this stage, with 13 victories in 16 final appearances.
Liverpool has reached the final of this competition nine times and won it six times, with the most recent victories in 2005 and 2019. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, they dominated the European Cup, winning it four times between 1977 and 1984.
These two had a relatively even record in their previous confrontations. Real leads 4-3 with one tie, and they've won their last two high-profile meetings, a two-legged quarter-final last yea,r and a 3-1 victory in the 2018 Champions League final, in which Gareth Bale scored two goals.
Champions League Top Pick
Liverpool's historic quadruple campaign came to an end in a dramatic manner over the weekend when they were one point shy of winning the Premier League, and how quickly they bounce back after a long, difficult season will be crucial, although, under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership, they rarely give less than 100%
Liverpool's bigger task will be to defeat a team that doesn't seem to accept when they are beaten, a team that has regularly appeared to be on their way out of the competition, only to mount a comeback.
Karim Benzema's vast experience, skill, and battling abilities have contributed significantly to his reputation, and whether he wins or loses on Saturday, he will almost certainly be awarded player of the tournament. Carlo Ancelotti's tactical expertise is also crucial. He is the first manager to win all five major European leagues and would set a new record with four Champions League victories as a coach if Real wins the big game this weekend.
He has put together a solid, dependable lineup that have a blend of experience and creativity and enough tools to take on any challenge. Their ability to wrest triumph from the jaws of defeat has been one of the defining characteristics of their season.
Everything is set for an exciting end-to-end struggle between two high-class clubs that should serve as a suitable conclusion to the European season. I expect both clubs to put on a show, and I believe it will take longer than just the standard 90 minutes to separate them.
Champions League Total Goals Betting
Finals are normally close, with neither team willing to make a mistake, but this one could be different. Both sides are accustomed to attacking and are not known for their defensive capabilities. Liverpool will play all out offensively, whilst Real's strength is their ability to win from practically any position. The Over 2.5 goals market appears to be a strong selection for Champions League bettors because this game is almost certain to feature goals.
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