Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips, Preview and UEFA Champions League Final Details

Our betting experts look ahead to Saturday's clash in Paris between Liverpool and Real Madrid

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This year’s UEFA Champions League has boiled down to Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips.

In our Champions League Final Preview, we take a look at what has unfolded across the season so far, plus look ahead to Saturday’s big showpiece.

We look at the routes that the teams have taken to get to the Champions League Final and cast an eye back on some history.

It’s a fascinating showdown between Liverpool and Real Madrid, a repeat of the 2018 Final that Real Madrid won comfortably.

Some of the best odds for the match are also listed here in our Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips



Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips – Match Winner Odds

Liverpool even money, Draw 11/4, Real Madrid 5/2
* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power)

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When & Where is the UEFA Champions League Final?

The Champions League Final 2021/21 is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th, 2022 with an 8.00 pm kick-off time (BST).

The fixture is being held at the Stade de France, and it will be the 66th edition of the European Cup final.


Key Facts – Champions League Form

  • Liverpool have netted at least 2 goals in all but one of their last 12 UCL matches
  • Over 2.5 goals has appeared in 9 of Real Madrid’s last 11 UCL fixtures
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last five against Liverpool
  • Real Madrid have scored at least two goals in 8 of their last 10 Champions league matches
  • The last two Champions League Finals held in France were won by Spanish teams


Champions League FInal Tips – Who are the favourites?

Liverpool are the favourites at even money to win the match outright* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

Despite missing out on the Premier League title, they have already collected the EFL Cup and FA Cup on the domestic front.

The 2019 winners will be looking to settle a score against Real Madrid for that 2018 Final loss against them.

Jurgen Klopp has assembled such a powerful squad, and they have been unplayable at times this season.

Real Madrid have a special affinity with this competition and are searching for a remarkable 14th title in the European Cup/Champions League.

They have defied some odds this season to get back to the Final for the first time since that 2018 triumph.

Will they have something special up their sleeve once again?

Our betting prediction:
Mo Salah First Goalscorer

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* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power)


Liverpool’s Route to the Final

Looking at the knockout stage draws that Liverpool have had to reach the UEFA Champions League Final, it has been nowhere near as tough as Real Madrid’s path.

Despite conceding goals along the way in the knockout stage, at no point have Liverpool not really looked in control of things.

They are now going to have to find their top-level once again at the end of a long campaign as they go in search of their seventh European Cup/Champions League title.

  • Group Stage: Group B winners
  • Round of Sixteen: 2-1 agg vs Inter Milan
  • Quarter Finals: 6-4 agg vs Benfica
  • Semi Finals: 5-2 agg vs Villarreal

Real Madrid’s Route to the Final

Real Madrid’s campaign has been unbelievable at times, as it feels like they have done nothing but produce stunning fightbacks all the way.

Their results were produced against teams who started the campaign with realistic hopes of landing the Champions League title.

Real Madrid overturned a first-leg deficit against PSG and produced late goals to sink Chelsea in the quarter-finals.

Then came a blockbuster of a fightback in the semi finals.

Real Madrid produced a simply stunning, late 6-5 aggregate victory over Manchester City.

So already this season, they have proven that they can handle the best England has to offer.

They are 5/2 underdogs in Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men can’t be written off* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

  • Group Stage: Group D Winners
  • Round of Sixteen: 3-2 agg vs PSG
  • Quarter-Finals: 5-4 agg vs Chelsea
  • Semi-Finals: 6-5 agg vs Man City

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Key Facts – Europa League/Champions League Final

  • Carlo Ancelotti is a three-time Champions League winner (four appearances)
  • Jurgen Klopp will be in his fourth Champions League Final
  • Real Madrid have made more Champions League Final appearances than any other team (8)
  • Liverpool have won the Champions League twice, Real Madrid seven times
  • The Reds were involved in the highest scoring Champions League final to date, their 3-3 draw with AC Milan in 2005
  • Both teams have won one title via a penalty shoot out
  • Real Madrid have won both previous Finals when they have been taken to extra time


Liverpool’s current form

Liverpool have not lost a fixture in any competition since a Round of 16 second-leg loss against Inter in early March.

The Reds pushed and pushed Manchester City all the way in the Premier League but dramatically fell short on the final day.

They have won nine of their last eleven matches in all competitions (90 minutes) which includes their penalty shoot-out success in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea.

Surprisingly Liverpool did concede first in each of their final four league matches of the season.

Their 0-0 draw with Chelsea in the FA Cup has been Liverpool’s only clean sheet in their last six.

Real Madrid’s current form –

Real Madrid wrapped up the La Liga title early so have been on cruise control for a while, making their form a little hard to read.

They closed out the season with back to back draws against Cadiz and Real Betis.

Those were matches on other days, you would expect them to win.

But the Spaniards have had their eye on this game, perhaps being part of the reason why they have won only one of their last four matches.

But the attacking threat is there. They have scored at least three goals in six of their last nine fixtures.

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Who are the key players in the Final?

For Real Madrid, the big players include Karim Benzema who has had a tremendous season in front of goal.

At times he has single-handedly carried the goal-scoring threat for Real Madrid, at least that’s how it has looked.

Benzema is a 5/1 First Goalscorer option in the UEFA Champions League Final betting* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

Another of their dangermen is Rodrygo who has been their clutch player, produced five goals to help Real Madrid reach the Final.

For Liverpool, their enviable forward line has to operate on the night.

Mo Salah is the 9/2 first goalscorer favourite, despite not having had the greatest second half to the season* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power).

Sadio Mane has been more influential for the Reds since the turn of the year and is a 13/2 option in the same market* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power). The goalkeeper quality of Allison is going to be a huge asset for Liverpool.

Predicted Line Ups – Liverpool v Real Madrid Tips

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keïta; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

Last 10 Champions League Finals

Year Winners Scoreline Losers
2021 Chelsea 1-0 Man City
2020 Bayern Munich 1-0 PSG
2019 Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
2018 Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
2017 Real Madrid 4-1 Juventus
2016 Real Madrid 1-1 (pens) Atletico Madrid
2015 Barcelona 3-1 Juventus
2014 Real Madrid 4-1 (aet) Atletico Madrid
2013 Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
2012 Chelsea 1-1 (pens) Bayern Munich


Liverpool’s European Cup Final Record

W6 L3 GF 11 GA 11

Real Madrid European Cup Final Record

W13 L3 GF 42 GA 23

Liverpool v Real Madrid Head to Head

There have been eight previous meetings in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Real Madrid, and the Spaniards are naturally way ahead 4-3.

It’s been easy to forget that since Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Final, they have met since.

Real Madrid claimed a 3-1 aggregate win over the Reds in last season’s quarter-finals.

The Spanish giants are W4 D1 in their last five matches against the Reds, so the momentum in that regard is with them.

Real Madrid to Lift The Trophy is at 6/4* (odds recorded at 00:21 GMT on May 27th, 2022 at Paddy Power).


Key Facts – European Cup/Champions League Head to Head

  • 1981 Final – Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid
  • 2009 Round of 16 First Leg – Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool
  • 2009 Round of 16 Second Leg – Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid
  • 2014 Group Stage – Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
  • 2014 Group Stage – Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool
  • 2018 Final – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
  • 2021 Quarter Final First Leg – Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool
  • 2021 Quarter Final Second Leg – Liverpool 0-0 Real Madrid
  • TOTAL: 8 Matches, 3 wins Liverpool (8 goals), 4 wins Real Madrid (10 goals) 1 draw


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