By Isla Knightley | | 6 mins
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Odds, Champions League Final Picks & Predictions
Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to collide in the UEFA Champions League Final at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28, reprising their 2018 UCL showdown that took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. Then, Los Blancos ran away 3-1 winners, claiming their 13th championship title at the expense of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
The Champions League odds are in full swing across multiple betting sites for this much-anticipated contest between two of Europe’s most storied clubs. Real Madrid is gunning for an incredible 14th title with manager Carlo Ancelotti back in charge. Liverpool is seeking a seventh title in Europe’s top-flight club competition and second of the Klopp era.
Early soccer betting markets corner this game with the Merseyside hopefuls, pricing the Reds at close to evens. Los Blancos, meanwhile, are priced anywhere from +250 or higher depending on the sports betting app of choice.
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Odds
Liverpool Favored To Win
It’s the third Champions League Final for Liverpool in the last five seasons. A year after their heartbreak in Kyiv, the Reds were crowned European champions, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on June 1, 2019.
Liverpool’s bid for a seventh European crown began brightly as it won all six of its fixtures in the group stage. That perfect run earmarked Liverpool as an early favorite among various online betting sites.
The R16 saw Liverpool suffer its first defeat. They lost 1-0 to Inter Milan at Anfield in the second leg of their tie. Only on the strength of a 2-0 win at the San Siro in the first leg did Liverpool advance on aggregate.
Since that close call, though, the Reds haven’t looked back. They beat Benfica 6-4 on aggregate in the quarterfinals and dismantled surprise semifinalists, Villarreal, 5-2 on aggregate.
Real Madrid Playing Underdog Role
Real Madrid won Group D despite suffering a shock upset against Moldovan champions FC Sheriff in their second group match. That slight setback seemed to perk up Ancelotti’s side as they reeled off four consecutive victories to top the group.
Things got increasingly tougher for Los Blancos through the knockout stages when they were drawn in each successive round against one of the tournament heavyweights from Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea to Manchester City. Not surprisingly, in every one of the knockout rounds, the soccer odds stacked up against the Spanish giants. And yet, they systematically put paid to those each and every time.
Los Blancos dismissed the French starlets 3-2 on aggregate after storming back from a 0-1 loss in the first leg to win the second leg 3-1. They dispatched reigning titleholders Chelsea 5-4 on aggregate, coming from behind in a cracking quarterfinal that went into extra time.
Then, in the semifinals, arguably in the most dramatic of contests that will forevermore be remembered as a Champions League classic, they knocked out tournament favorites, Manchester City. Once again, they staged a surreal come-from-behind win to edge Pep Guardiola’s highly-fancied Citizens 6-5 on aggregate.
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Liverpool vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Real Madrid owns the most recent victory in a final over Liverpool in this competition. It beat the Premier League stalwarts 3-1 in the 2018 UCL final. Last year it also sent the Reds packing after a 3-1 victory on aggregate in the quarterfinals.
Fun fact: Real have won their last seven Champions League finals (1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018). The last defeat it suffered was in the 1981 final at the Parc des Princes in Paris when they lost 1-0 to…drumroll…Liverpool!
Liverpool vs Real Madrid Prediction
Liverpool is considered overall to be the so-called better team this season – a fact that underscores its favorable odds to win the Champions League final. To be fair, soccer betting fans could do no worse than backing the Reds at decent odds to win.
In addition, history is on the line here, too. Liverpool is in the hunt for the quadruple: Premier League title, FA Cup, Champions League title and the Carabao Cup (League Cup). It clinched the League Cup on Feb 27, beating Chelsea. It beat Chelsea again, this time on penalties, to claim the FA Cup on May 14.
If the Reds pull off the quad, they’ll become the first Premier League side to have picked up all three major domestic titles plus the European crown in a single season. They’ll also join an illustrious few to have accomplished the feat in Europe. Heady stuff, indeed.
Competing on four fronts is a privilege, but it could work both ways. On one hand, it’s sure to keep Klopp’s lads sharp and fighting fit. On the other hand, it could take its toll.
Real Madrid clinched their 35th La Liga title a couple of weeks ago, after thrashing Espanyol 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu. They have no other silverware to compete for save the Champions League. This absence of competitive play until the final against Liverpool could be both an advantage or a disadvantage. Either they’ll be well-rested or rusty.
That said, Real Madrid’s odds-defying, otherworldly run through the knockouts has an air of destiny about it that is impossible to overlook. Taking out three of the tournament favorites as it did in surreal fashion is nothing short of phenomenal and it has every chance of doing the same to Liverpool. To put it simply, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if Real caps its Champions League run with one last stunning upset.
Match Prediction: Real Madrid at +270 with FanDuel
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