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Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 26th May 2018

Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 26th May 7.45pm Twelve months ago Real Madrid created history by becoming the first ever team to successfully defend a Champions League title. Now they are back in the Final once again after a campaign where they have bent but haven’t broken, and they can create more history as they look to win the title for a third time in a row. Will they be able to handle the powerful attack of Liverpool though, because the defence of the Spaniards has not looked very convincing through their campaign? This will be a high-profile showdown in Kiev between two of the most decorated sides in Europe. Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Real Madrid News and Form

It has not been plain sailing for Real Madrid through the UEFA Champions League this season, as they have had various scares and they found themselves being pushed hard on several occasions. For the second season running Real Madrid could only finish second in the group stage, this season trailing Tottenham. However that didn’t stop them going all the way to success last season in a historic title defence and now they can become the first club to win three UEFA Champions League finals on the bounce. In the quarter-finals of this season’s competition Juventus had them on the ropes at the Bernabeu but they managed to squeeze through thanks to an injury-time penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo. Then in the semi finals the Spaniards were second best to German powerhouses Bayern Munich and once again Real Madrid found themselves on the back foot quite a bit. But with a positive show of resilience and fortitude they managed to hang in and squeeze their way through to the Final. This competition means everything for them. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get things done as long as you do. Their defence has been shaky this season and it will need to be at his best to try and keep Liverpool quiet, but based on the circumstances and the previous head-to-head between Real Madrid and Liverpool it may just be worth looking at under 3.5 goals at 46 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). You cannot look at the defence of Real Madrid with any kind of certainty that there are going to go out and get a clean sheet. They don’t look anywhere near good enough but they find a way to get things done up front to compensate. They have scored in each of their last 29 UEFA matches and their overall record against English opposition is W15 D11 L11. In their UEFA Champions League, this season around Madrid are W8 D2 L2 so far with just the three clean sheets in 12 games. They are currently on a 27 match scoring streak in the UEFA Champions League and while both teams to score bet365 is going to be an obvious place for punters to look it’s not going to offer up very much value. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score in every group stage match, in both legs of their round of 16 tie against PSG and again in each leg of their quarter-final tie against Juventus. He did not manage one in either leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich but he is the 3/1 odds-on favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018) in the first goalscorer market. Real Madrid are looking for their the 13th European Cup/Champions League title and they have already beaten an English side this season as they defeated Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup back in August.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool have five previous European Cup/Champions League successes and it has been some season from them once again in Europe. They are the top scoring side in this year’s UEFA Champions League and between them, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 goals in total. They have been thrilling to watch, through sheer attacking brilliance and they have been up against some tough challenges but they have managed to get through them with flying colours. They took down Premier League champions Manchester City convincingly in the quarter-finals after kicking off as underdogs for the tie. Then in the semi finals Liverpool had to take on Roma, the side who had spectacularly knocked out Barcelona the previous round. After a slow start to the first leg, that man Mo Salah set them on their way and they never looked back. Once their immense attacking power started to click, they ran up a big first-leg advantage at Anfield which they were able to defend in Rome despite losing the second leg. Mo Salah, the Premier League Golden Boot winner is a 5/6 odds anytime goalscorer option with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). Liverpool have won five of their seven previous European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals. However no player in the current squad has any previous experience of being in a UEFA Champions League final. That’s in stark contrast to all of the experience that Real Madrid can boast. Will that have an effect on their approach and the temperament on the night in Kiev? Realistically is hard to see the lack of experience playing its part in Liverpool’s challenge, the Premier League side play one way and that’s going to cause Real Madrid plenty of problems. Liverpool holds a W14 D12 L1 record against Spanish sides currently. Outside of England Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games against Spanish opposition which was the 2009 success against Real Madrid. The Reds hold a W7 D4 L1 record in this season’s UEFA Champions League, going unbeaten in 11 games before losing that semi-final second leg in Rome against Roma. They have a fierce front three that they can unleash on the defence of the Spaniards and with the pace and how clinical they are on the break, Liverpool have every chance of getting their hands on the cup. Bookmakers have them as slight underdogs and the shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market is a 1-1 draw at 13/2 odds. Liverpool success it coming in at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018).

Real Madrid v Liverpool Head to Head

There have been five previous fixtures between Real Madrid and Liverpool and from those previous encounters it is Liverpool who are 3-2 up. The goals count from the five previous encounters is at 6-4 in favour of the English side. The most recent coming together between Real Madrid and Liverpool was in their 2014/15 Champions League group stage when the Spaniards won both encounters. Real Madrid had Karim Benzema score in both of those fixtures. Each of the five previous meetings between Real Madrid and Liverpool all produced a win to nil. That is the only time that an English club has beaten and Spanish club in the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and incidentally is the last time that Real Madrid lost a European Cup/Champions League Final.

Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 6/5, Liverpool 21/10, Draw 13/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018)

Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions

Liverpool do look good option going into the final of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday. Their powerful front line has all the tools and all the pace needed to completely overwhelm and completely unravel Real Madrid. The Spaniards look nothing special at all especially at the back and if the Reds can keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet there goes the attacking threat of their opponents. Liverpool can deliver on the night and get the win.

Champions League Final Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be hosted in Kiev on May 26th and it will be European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid who will be battling it out for the top honour. Real Madrid had a nervy contest against Bayern Munich to get through and make it to their third consecutive Final and Liverpool weren’t without a scare or two in their duel with Roma. The match is being played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium where Spain beat Italy in the final of Euro 2012. Real Madrid, for administration purposes only are going to be the ‘home’ team for the match.

Champions League Final Betting Odds

Real Madrid 5/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 13/5* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.) Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Road To The Final

Real Madrid: Real Madrid were drawn alongside Apoel Nicosia, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in the group stage. Things started as expected for the Spaniards who won their opening two games. But then they managed just the one point from their two games against Spurs, putting them on the back foot. Even though Los Merengues took wins over APOEL and Dortmund again, it wasn't enough to catch Tottenham, so the reigning champions qualified for the round of sixteen in second place. That gave them a tough tie against PSG and the Spaniards were underdogs to qualify against the French outfit. But Real showed great nous in winning 3-1 at home in the first leg and rounding off the tie with a win in Paris too. Then came Juventus, the side they beat in last year’s final. After the first leg, Real Madrid were cursing at 3-0 up, but Juve had them rattled in Rome. The Italians fought their way back level and things looked set to go to extra time before Real Madrid were awarded a late penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted. Then came another tough battle for them as they had to deal with Bayern Munich. Without playing well in ether leg somehow Real Madrid managed to hang on in there and win through 4-3 on aggregate. They have certainly done it the hard way but did score at least two goals in nine of their twelve games, but took just three clean sheets. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in ten of their twelve games on the road to the Final. Liverpool: Liverpool were drawn alongside Hoffenheim in the qualification round of this season’s Champions League which they came through easily 6-3 on aggregate. That put them into the group stage where they were drawn alongside Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla. Liverpool got off to a slow start, blowing a half time lead at home to end with a draw against Sevilla and then only drew in Moscow in their following game. But then they caught fire, putting ten goals past Maribor in their two meetings, before being frustrated into a draw by Sevilla in their second meeting with the Spaniards. The Reds then powered their way to a 7-0 win at Anfield to beat Spartak Moscow in their final game. That put Liverpool through to the round of sixteen where they met Porto. Liverpool killed the tie in the first leg away from home, winning 5-0 in Portugal. They were underdogs for their quarter-final tie against fellow Premier League side Manchester City, but another awesome display of attacking power saw the Reds win 5-1 on aggregate. Then there was another goal-fest against Roma in the semi-finals. Liverpool landed a 5-2 win at Anfield in the first leg and had to sweat through things a little towards the end in Rome, losing the second leg 4-2, dodging some big penalty calls against them to win 7-6 aggregate. With their scoring power, the 2/1 odds on offer at bet365* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)on them winning the match will have great appeal.

Real Madrid v Liverpool previous meetings

There have been five previous games between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The first-ever meeting was a historic one as it was in the 1980/81 European Cup Final. It wasn't the greatest of games as they both cancelled each other out, but Liverpool got the breakthrough in the 82nd minute with Alan Kennedy netting the only goal of the game at the Parc des Princes. The following meetings didn’t happen until the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League first knockout round and it Liverpool who came out again on top. Yossi Benayoun gave Liverpool a 1-0 away win in the first leg and then the Premier League side romped to a 4-0 success back at Anfield, Steven Gerrard getting a brace. The tables were turned though when they were next together. Liverpool didn't get a look when they met in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage. Real Madrid strolled to a 3-0 win at Anfield on match day three, before securing a 1-0 win back at home. Karim Benzema scored three goals in those games against the Reds.

Real Madrid Form and Preview

Real Madrid are the most successful European side ever. They have won the European Cup/Champions League twelve times before in their history and three of the last four finals. Their strike rate is phenomenal as they have won twelve of their fifteen European Cup finals. Overall their form hasn’t looked all that great really through this season's tournament, but they have shown tremendous character and they have survived. Their route to the final was considerably harder than the one that Liverpool faced. Having knocked out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich that is a considerable achievement. They have had their backs against the wall at times, they have relied on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo at times and the reigning champions have bent but they have not broken and that makes them a huge threat in the final. Defensively they have looked frail and both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)

Liverpool Form and Preview

This is the first European final for Liverpool since the 2004-05 season when they produced that stunning comeback against Milan in Istanbul. That gave them their fifth European title. The did make it back to the 2007 Final but they lost against Milan as the Italians took some revenge. Liverpool, in comparison to Real Madrid, have arguably benefited from the draw in the knockout stages of the competition. But you still have to win games and that has been what Liverpool have done through sheet attacking force. Jurgen Klopp’s men have produced some scintillating forward play in their domestic and European campaigns, with their star man being Mo Salah who has returned ten goals in his season’s competition. But the true power of Liverpool’s attack can be seen by the ten goals that Roberto Firmino has also netted in the tournament for them this season, and the nine from Sadio Mane. They scored seventeen goals in their three knockout rounds compared to the thirteen by Real Madrid.


It has been all Spain recently in the UEFA Champions League title race, with Real Madrid winning three of the last four and Barcelona getting one in the 2014/15 season. That’s some dominance. The last time that an English side won the tournament was in the 2011/12 season when Chelsea secured that dramatic penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, Munich. Spain have produced 17 winners of the European Cup/Champions League down the years, more than any other country. Italy and England are level with twelve wins each and then comes Germany with seven wins. The only other two countries to have produced wins on more than one occasion are the Netherlands (6) and Portugal (4). In total there have been 22 different winners of the European Cup/Champions League, of them the most successful being Real Madrid with 12 titles. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the competition with a ridiculous 120 goals in 152 appearances since his debut in 2003. Lionel Messi is the only one close to him and he has produced 100 goals in 125 appearances which is actually a slightly better rate of goals per game than Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be top scorer again this season most likely and the seventh season that he has finished as top scorer for a Champions League season (his sixth successive one). During the 2017/18 campaign, he has also broken his own record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season. Liverpool are just one of four teams ever to have won the tournament after having played in a qualification round (2004/05). Real Madrid are just one of three teams to have successfully defended a European title on more than one occasion (5), the other two being Ajax (twice) and Bayern Munich (twice). Liverpool’s sole successful title defence happened in the 1977/788 season. Real Madrid remains the only ones to have done in the Champions League era.


There is no reason that Liverpool should be afraid to not stick to their plans and just get at Real Madrid. The defence of the Spaniards has been pretty shoddy throughout the tournament and they have really rode their luck at times. Liverpool all the offensive tools that they need to carve open the back line of the Champions and this is a very winnable task ahead for the Reds. Back the Reds to get across the line with the silverware in their hands and both teams will probably score.

Premier League Ante Post 2018/19 Winner Odds

Premier League Betting
Are you having your Premier League withdrawal symptoms yet? The 2017/18 season is done and dusted and now it will be around three months before being able to enjoy action once again. At least this summer there is the World Cup to bring some excitement to the table while we wait for the return of the English top flight. The odds on the new Premier league season are on offer so even though there is no action for a while, that doesn’t stop you in your teeth into some ante-post Premier league 2018/19 betting. Manchester City ran away with the league title in 2017/2018 season so will Pep Guardiola’s men be just as powerful in their title defence next term? No doubt that they will be dipping into the transfer market during the summer to bolster their squad even further, primarily with the desire to get their hands on the Champions League title.

Premier League Winner 2018/19 Odds*

Man City 4/6, Liverpool 5/1, Man Utd 6/1, Chelsea 12/1, Tottenham 12/1, Arsenal 25/1, Bar 200/1* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) Manchester City are 8/11 odds on favourites* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the Premier League next season but title defences can be tough to pull off. No doubt opposing managers over the summer will be looking and studying the games where teams had success against City  during the season. In the second half of the season Crystal Palace, Burnley and Huddersfield all took draws against the Citizens. Manchester United and Liverpool were the only two sides to take a win against champions. So what does it take to challenge Manchester city? Well, a committed game plan of not being afraid to press them a little higher pitch. They have to be challenged. Liverpool and Manchester United were able to get at them work through sheer attacking bravery so that is something that other teams will have to figure out how to do a little bit better against the Citizens of next season. Of course still, it’s easier said than done when you are facing such immense side who can tear you apart in the blink of an eye. So if City were to have a wobble next season, maybe getting distracted by Champions League and FA Cup and League Cup campaigns, who is the most likely to capitalise and push towards the top spot? The bookmakers think Liverpool who are 5/1 second favourite is to win the league title next year. Liverpool look as if they need to make a couple of really big signings over the summer notably to try and improve their depth. A goalkeeper upgrade, a creative player in the middle of the park and an upgrade over Sadio Mane would probably push Liverpool to the next level. So it could be a big summer for them if they get things right in the transfer market and going based of what happened in the 2017/18 season they look of closest challengers to City. However the real appeal is in Manchester United at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018). No, they weren’t pretty to watch during the 2017/18 season but if they can get off to a strong confidence start they will only grow from there. It’s hard to see them making major upgrades in the summer although they can use definite improvement in the centre-half department, back up for Lukaku and the genuine creative force in the middle of the park. The Red Devils won six of their 10 games against the other top-six finishes this season and generally, they did try to produce a little more positivity in those big challenges. If it were not for the exceptional season that Manchester City produced, United would have been pretty close to getting their hands on the league title and will tweak here and there. Jose Mourinho should be more than able to get them to a place where they can close the gap on their city rivals.

Rest of the Big Six may struggle

As for the rest of the big six, this is will be a difficult period of transition for Arsenal having lost Arsene Wenger and is hard to judge what they will be doing in the summer and even what kind of shape their team is going to be taking next season. Chelsea may have a new manager in charge next season too because Antonio Conte’s position does not look all that safe at Stamford Bridge and they need some heavy investment in the transfer market. But with no Champions League football next season will they be able to pull the big names that they need? Chelsea are 12 to 1 odds* (betting odds taken at 9:37 p.m. on May 15th, 2018) to win the league next season which is the same price as you can take on Tottenham at the moment. Spurs once again produced plenty of flair and plenty of quality can’t yet still they can’t seem to get their act together when it comes to winning the Premier League. Their chances over the last few seasons really have been missed opportunities, huge missed opportunities for them and it's only getting harder and harder for them to win the league. Period it will be even tougher if they sell Harry Keane in the summer.


Obviously, Manchester City with their deep pockets are going to be the ones to beat next season. There are already rumours about them upgrading next season in terms of adding more strike power and an extra centre-half. We do see though Manchester United being the ones really to mount a big enough consistent challenge to the Citizens next season. While Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool has a great chance of boosting his squad boosting Liverpool’s fortunes next season, the sheer consistency is more likely to come from the pragmatic approach of Jose Mourinho's troops. Back them for another top-two finish.

Liverpool v Brighton Predictions & Betting Odds – 13th May 2018

Liverpool v Brighton Betting Tips - Premier League 13th May 3.00pm Liverpool only need to get a point in the bag in this home game to guarantee their top four finish. The league form of the Reds has suffered a bit because of their extended Champions League campaign, but they will be looking to end on a positive note. Brighton suffered a loss out at Manchester City in midweek but before that and their away form isn’t going to instil a lot of confidence that this is going to be a fun afternoon at Anfield for them.

Liverpool News and Form

All that Liverpool need to do is to avoid defeat to guarantee that they get their top four finish. Liverpool’s league form has dropped off with them going just W1 D3 L1 in their last five league games, suffering a midweek defeat at Chelsea. That’s just because of the Champions League distractions that they have had. If they avoid defeat on the weekend it will also see them complete a full season unbeaten at Anfield as they are carrying a home record of W11 D7 into the game. They have won four of their last five there. Each of Liverpool’s last four wins at home have returned a clean sheet too so Liverpool to win to nil at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:40 a.m.) and that should appeal to punters. The Reds have averaged 2.3 goals per game this season at Anfield while they have conceded just the ten goals on home soil so have been very tight. That is a clean sheet earned in 61% of their home games. 66% of their home goals have been scored in the second half of matches this season and that man Mo Salah is the 2/1 bet365 first goalscorer favourite.

Brighton News and Form

Brighton, as expected, suffered a loss out at Manchester City in midweek, but they did get a consolation goal on the board in their 3-1 defeat. That means they are stuck on just two away wins all season (D5 L11) and it’s not too likely that they are going to improve on that in this one either. Brighton have suffered three defeats in their last four away games and haven’t won in any of their last twelve out on the road. None of it matters though because they had a goal to survive the season without relegation and they have achieved that. Brighton have scored just the ten goals on their travels this season and in the bet365 correct score market, a Liverpool 2-0 at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on May 9th, 2018 at 6:40 a.m.) is the shortest-priced option there to consider. Brighton haven’t been all that bad at the back really and only 22% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals and if you consider that Liverpool 2-0 scoreline then this one may be worth backing to go the same way. Brighton have scored 80% of their away goals in the first half of matches.

Liverpool v Brighton Betting Odds*

Liverpool 1/7, Draw 13/2, Brighton 16/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 9th, 2018)

Liverpool v Brighton Predictions

Liverpool to win: The Reds are likely to finish off their solid campaign with a victory on home soil here against the Seagulls. They get a rest before their Champions League Final and with Brighton having nothing riding on this, look for a solid home win by a two-goal margin.

Chelsea v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 6th May 2018

Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Tips - Premier League 6th May 4.30pm A big high profile match for Sunday to round off the weekend, but there’s not all that much riding on it really. Even if Chelsea could break out a win in this one and close to within three points of Liverpool with a game in hand over the Reds, the goal difference that Liverpool have is worth an extra point. So Chelsea’s faint hopes of a top-four finish really will be swept away by a failure to win here, while Liverpool are just looking to consolidate a final four finish.

Chelsea News and Form

Chelsea have produced home form of W10 D3 L4 for the season. They are going to have fresher legs than Liverpool are as well. It hasn’t been the greatest of home seasons from the Blues, especially lately as they are just W2 D1 L2 in their last five league games at the Bridge. They haven’t been at home since April 8th when they played out a 1-1 draw with West Ham. They have been on the road for each of their last three games which they won each of and all by a one-goal margin. Chelsea to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). The Blues have averaged 1.65 goals per game at home this season and they have scored in each of their last four. Chelsea have conceded in each of their last three home games though, so both teams to score looks an obvious selection. Eden Hazard is worth a look in the anytime goalscorer market as he looks back to his very best lately. Chelsea still have a mathematical chance at a top-four finish heading into the weekend, but it is highly unlikely to pan out that way.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool could be at a disadvantage because of all their Champions League distractions lately. Because of that, they have been rotating their squad heavily for domestic matches which is perhaps part of the reason why they are only W1 D3 in their last four games in the English top flight. It’s easy to assume that they have more interested in Europe. Liverpool have picked up a W1 D1 L2 in their last four road games which is part of an overall W9 D5 L4 record for the term away from Anfield. The Reds haven’t produced very well on the road against the other top six sides this season, losing at Man City, Man Utd and Spurs while drawing at Arsenal. They conceded at least two goals in each of those as well. Over 3.5 goals is at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 10:55 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). Liverpool are averaging over two goals per away game this term with Mo Salah top scoring for them with thirteen away goals. He’s going to be heavily backed against his former club in the anytime goalscorer market. If Liverpool do suffer a loss here that puts Chelsea three points behind them with a game in hand over the Merseysiders. But even if the Blues were to win that game in hand, they can’t match the Reds in the goal difference department.

Chelsea v Liverpool Head to Head

Three of the last four meetings in the Premier League between Chelsea and Liverpool have ended in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool are on a six-match unbeaten streak of league form against the Blues, winning two and drawing four. The Reds have won their last two league visits to Chelsea as well and both teams have scored in each of the last seven Premier League games.

Chelsea v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Chelsea 23/20, Liverpool 11/5, Draw 5/2* (Betting Odds taken at 9:44 p.m. on April 30th, 2018)   

Chelsea v Liverpool Predictions

Chelsea to win: The Blues have home advantage and they are the fresher of the two sides because of all the extra work that Liverpool have done in Europe lately. Look for Chelsea to continue their end of season flourish with a win.

Roma v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 2nd May 2018

Roma v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 2nd May 7.45pm Roma got destroyed at Anfield last week as Liverpool, led by Mo Salah, ran rampant. It was yet another powerful performance in attack from the Reds and now they have one big foot in the final of the UEFA Champions League. But they did ship a couple of away goals at the end of the game which will give Roma hope. Roma had plenty of belief in the last round that they could overturn a 4-1 first leg deficit against Barcelona back in Italy and they did it. Can they possibly pull off another amazing comeback?

Roma News and Form

The Italians are left chasing yet another tie as they were blown apart in a 5-2 defeat at Anfield last weekend. However, they have already shown great character this season. In the last round, they were 4-1 down against Barcelona going into the second leg of their quarter-final tie at home and delivered the goods with a 3-0 win. Just to put that comeback into context it was the joint second largest first-leg deficit to be overturned in the UEFA Champions League. In the round of sixteen, they also produced a fightback after losing the first leg away at Shakhtar Donetsk. So they have shown character and commitment (at home mostly).

Roma v Liverpool 2018 Infographic

Roma’s one previous visit to the European Cup semi-final was back in 1984 when they beat Dundee United before losing to Liverpool in the final. Roma have already beaten English opposition at home this season, getting a big 3-0 win over Chelsea in the group stage. In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 7/1 while a Roma 3-1 which would be enough to get them through on away goals is at 16/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). How crucial will those two away goals that they netted late at Anfield that they got, be though? At least it gives the Italians some hope in going forward in this one. Roma have a home record of W9 D3 L4 against English clubs and the Giallorossi have won four of their last five home games against Premier League sides. So it’s not been bad from them against English sides, but over they have struggled to get wins on the board in the Champions League as they have won just two of their last 26 games in the tournament (D8 L12). Five of those six wins though have come in their ten games so maybe they are starting to find their feet. Roma haven’t conceded a goal at home in this season’s Champions League, but that streak may well tumble when Liverpool come to visit. Both teams to score looks a decent proposition for 4/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). Former Manchester City man Edin Dzeko has come up with some crucial goals for the Italians this season and they need him at his very best to try and make inroads into this deficit on Wednesday night. Roma have won just five of their last twelve European home matches, the last two have been impressive fightbacks though.

Liverpool News and Form

So Liverpool are in yet another European Cup semi-final. They are W7 D2 from their previous nine. They have one foot in the door of this season's final with such a commanding lead. At Anfield, Liverpool actually struggled to get going in the match as Roma really pressed them well and looked as if they could contain the Reds. That last for about twenty minutes and then Liverpool exploded into life. Well, Mo Salah did as he set the Premier League side on their way, scoring two and assisting two of their five goals. Mo Salah will take plenty of backing in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. So Liverpool are well ahead in the tie and as Roma push forward it is not unreasonable to expect the Reds to pick up more goals. Liverpool are W10 D5 L11 against Italian sides and their overall record in two-legged knockout ties against Italian clubs in UEFA competition is won four, lost two (winning the last two). Liverpool have only lost one of their last seven visits to Italy a well, winning three of those. Liverpool haven’t been shy of goals in any competition this season and in the Champions League they have hammered Maribor 7-0, produced a 5-0 win at Porto and put five goals past Man City in their quarter-final tussle. Over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at even money odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). Liverpool have only been beaten once in their last thirteen road game in Europe, but have won just five of their last eight away from Anfield. That’s not great but they have won four of six on the road during this campaign. Liverpool have triumphed in 30 UEFA competition ties when they have won the home first leg and have lost just five those situations. Five times before Liverpool have won the first leg of a tie by a three-goal margin at home and they have won through on each of those occasions. Liverpool holds a W3 L1 record in European penalty shoot outs. Whatever Roma can throw at them, it’s a fair assumption that the Reds can respond with goals of their own.

Roma v Liverpool Head to Head

Liverpool and Roma’s first meeting was at Stadio Olimpico on the 1984 European Cup Final which Liverpool won on penalties. They next found themselves paired up in the fourth round of the 2001 UEFA Cup When the two of them traded away wins, with Liverpool winning through on aggregate. Then they were together the following season in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a draw in Rome and a home win for the Reds at Anfield. Then there was this season’s first leg meeting at Anfield which Liverpool won 5-2. Both teams have scored in just two of the previous six meetings.   

Roma v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Roma 29/20, Liverpool 17/10, Draw 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 02:45 a.m. on April 26th, 2018)   

Roma v Liverpool Predictions

Does Liverpool know how to defend? They only play one way and that’s full tilt. Roma will come at them at some point, but Liverpool are so good on the break that they will be confident of still picking off the Italians. Expect a home fight back with a Roma win, but both teams to score and Liverpool will get through.

Salah favourite in Golden Shoe betting to hold off Messi challenge

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
The domestic seasons across Europe will rapidly be drawing to their conclusions and the race for Europe’s Golden Shoe is still open. Liverpool’s Mo Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with a 31 goal haul and that leaves him also as the front-runner for the Golden Shoe, as he is a couple of goals better off than his major challengers. Here we take a look at the remaining matches that the main contenders for this season's award have to face. The Golden Shoe is based on a points system per-goal, which in turn is based on the difficulty level of a player’s league. For example, Lionel Messi is in the Spanish top flight is going to face tougher opposition and therefore it is going to be difficult to score goals than Bas Dost is going to do playing for Sporting CP in Portugal’s top flight. So in that instance, each of Messi’s league goals are worth two points each while Dost’s goals are worth 1.5 goals each simply because of league quality. This is done to level the playing field because players from weaker leagues are going to find goals a little easier to come by. A the time of writing Benfica’s Jonas sits as the top scorer in Europe but again, playing in a weaker league, his tally of 33 goals at 1.5 points per goal leaves him well back of the likes of front-runners Salah and Messi who earn two points per goal.

Mo Salah 31 Goals = 62 points

Remaining games: Stoke (h), Chelsea (a), Brighton (h) It has been a remarkable season from Salah and he just doesn’t look as if he is going to be slowing up at all. He just keeps producing the goods as we saw against his former side Roma in the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final. There are easy games to come from Liverpool in the league, but you wonder with the Champions League within sight if he is going to get rest time on the domestic front with Liverpool having locked in a top-four finish anyway. Still, he has the advantage and leads Golden Shoe betting.

Ciro Immobile 29 goals = 58 points

Remaining games: Torino (a), Atalanta (h), Crotone (a), Inter Milan (h) It has been a tremendous season from Lazio’s Immobile who just hasn’t shown any signs of his scoring form drying up at all. He is part of the reason, a large part of why Lazio are the top scorers in Serie A this season. It’s a 29 goal haul from the Italian and while his club are a long way back in the title race he may well have done more than enough to have bigger clubs come knocking in the summer. It’s a tricky run in that they have, as they have lost against Torino already this season and they drew with both Atalanta and Inter Milan. The game against Crotone should be easy enough, but Lazio continue to create a lot of chances and Immobile has one game more than Salah to top up his season’s haul.

Lionel Messi 29 goals = 58 points

Remaining games: Deportivo (a), Real Madrid (h), Villarreal (y), Levante (a), Real Sociedad (h) Messi has to be the biggest threat to Salah in the race for the Golden Shoe. Not only does he have more games left to play, but he doesn’t have any extra distractions in Europe as Salah still does. He should be right there in the mix given his scoring record for the season. Barcelona have their domestic league title in the bag and while there are a couple of tough games still to come for the Catalans they should be pretty relaxed with things. As we have seen from Man City in the Premier League that should still make them still dangerous. Messi has the games and he has the quality to get all the way to the title and is worth considering in Golden Shoe betting still. He has scored seven goals in Barcelona's last five league home games.

Robert Lewandowski 28 goals - 56 points

Remaining games: Frankfurt (h), Cologne (a), Stuttgart (h) This is really the cut-off point with Lewandowski being in contention somewhat but with some work to do. Bayern Munich have already eased their way to the Bundesliga title and Lewandowski has had a big part in their success with 28 goals haul. It is all too easy for the Bavarians on the domestic form and they have scored at least three goals in six of their last seven league games (at the time of writing). They only have the three league games to go for Lewandowski to get enough goals to get to the title and their bigger focus is going to be on their Champions League semi final scrap with Real Madrid. It has been another prolific season for him, but it’s hard to see him making up enough ground now. Others: Harry Kane 26 goals =- 52 points, Mauro Icardi 26 goals = 52 points, Edinson Cavani 25 goals 50 points, Jonas 33 goals = 49.5 points, Cristiano Ronaldo 24 goals = 48 points.

Salah’s odds trimmed to win 2018 Ballon d’Or

After yet another stunning performance in midweek, money has been flooding in on Liverpool’s Mo Salah to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or at Ladbrokes. Salah returned to haunt his former club Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield, the Egyptian star scoring two and assisting two goals in the game, helping to lift Liverpool to a 5-2 lead in the tie. It was just another sublime showing from him and they were his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season. He is top of the charts in the race for the Golden Shoe, the award handed out to Europe’s top goal scorer for the season. He is two goals ahead of Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. After winning the PFA Player of the Year award over the weekend, traders at Ladbrokes have been forced to cut the price on Salah winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or to 11/8 odds* (betting odds taken on April 25th, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.). That makes him joint favourite alongside Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo for the honour. Since 2007 is has been either Ronaldo or Lionel Messi who has won the Ballon d’Or and now finally there does appear to be a genuine chance of someone, namely Salah, breaking the run. Would his chances of doing so hinge on Liverpool winning the Champions League? The Reds are 6/4 favourites* (betting odds taken on April 25th, 2018 at 5:48 p.m.) to take the title after their big semi-final first leg success against Roma. They will meet either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final if the complete the job. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Salah has averaged almost a goal-per-game in all competitions this season and given Liverpool’s current position in Europe, it’s easy to see why he’s priced so short to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.”

2018 Ballon d’Or winner

Mohamed Salah – 11/8 Cristiano Ronaldo – 11/8 Lionel Messi – 7/2 Neymar – 10/1

Liverpool v Stoke Predictions & Betting Odds – 28th April 2018

Liverpool v Stoke Betting Tips - Premier League 28th April 12.30pm It is hard to see Stoke doing enough to survive the season from here on out. They are four points from safety and have played a game more than those immediately above them. Plus they have this immensely tough trip to Anfield. Liverpool threw away maximum points on the weekend as they lead a comfortable lead slip against West Brom and had to settle for a draw. While they are set for a top-four finish, second place may not have eluded them.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool can be forgiven at this point for putting more stock in their Champions League challenge than worrying about the Premier League. They are going to get their top four finish so can push in Europe instead. The Reds have gone W1 D2 in their last three Premier League games, dropping two points on the weekend at West Brom. The Reds have played their way to a comfortable 2-0 lead but conceded twice in the final ten minutes to draw 2-2. Liverpool have won their last four home league games and this will be their penultimate league home game of the season. The Reds have banked a clean sheet in each of their last three at Anfield and Liverpool to win to nil at bet365 is at 6/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:22 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018). Liverpool have produced an average of almost 2.5 goals per home game, but their defence has been great, conceding just the 10 goals in 17 games at Anfield in the top flight. With at least two goals scored in each of their last eight games at Anfield, they should have enough to break the Stoke back line. A Liverpool 2-0 correct score is at 13/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:22 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018) and will have some appeal.

Stoke News and Form

Things are looking pretty grim for the Potters at the moment. They head into the weekend facing a tough away game and being four points away from safety. It’s been a while since they had that winning feeling, failing to deliver one in any of their last eleven Premier League outings. The Potters drew 1-1 with Burnley on the weekend at home. They do have two relatively easier games to finish the season with, as they will take on Crystal Palace and Swansea in their last two games. However, before they get to that if things don’t go well for them this weekend then they could be relegated. The Potters haven’t gotten a win in any of their last twelve road games, but have drawn three of their last four. But Stoke have suffered a defeat away from home against each of the other current top seven sides so they have come up pretty short. There has been only the one away win all season for Stoke and it’s hard to see them getting one here unless Liverpool are really switched off. Both teams not to score at bet365 is at 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 9:22 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018) and Stoke have scored in just one of their last three away games. Stoke have produced just 13 away goals while they have conceded at over two goals per game on average.

Liverpool v Stoke Head to Head

There was an easy 3-0 win for Liverpool on their trip to the Bet365 Stadium earlier this season and that means the Reds are on a four-match winning streak against the Potters now in the top flight. Liverpool have won their last two home league games against them by a 4-1 scoreline and they are on a four-match winning streak at home and they are unbeaten in their nine previous Premier League home (W7 D2). Each of the last four meetings have ended above 2.5 goals.

Liverpool v Stoke Betting Odds*

Liverpool 2/7, Draw 9/2, Stoke 17/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:25 p.m. on April 23rd, 2018)

Liverpool v Stoke Predictions

Liverpool to win: The game really has no importance for Liverpool now and they will have a bigger focus on Europe of course. But still, against a Stoke side who are working hard without the end product, the Reds should be able to go and pick up three points. Home win and over 2.5 goals.

Liverpool v Roma Predictions & Betting Odds – 24th April 2018

Liverpool v Roma Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 24th April 7.45pm Liverpool handsomely saw off Manchester City in the last round, flexing their powerful attacking muscles to come through the tie after starting as underdogs. They open their semi final account against Roma on home soil and they will be keen to press home that advantage. After their stunning fight back against Barcelona in the last round though, Roma will pose a threat as they go looking for away goals to carry back to Italy with them.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool holds a wonderful W7 L2 record from their nine previous European Cup semi final appearances. They lost their last one though which was against Chelsea in the 2007/08 season. So they have had to wait a decade to get back to this stage so it has been a long time coming for them. Liverpool holds a W4 L2 record in two-legged knockout ties against Italian opposition in Europe, winning the last two. They are down in the overall match head to head against Italian opponents though, holding a W9 D5 L11 record form their previous 25 games against Italian teams. This will be their first meeting with one since the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League meeting with Udinese (home wins traded). Liverpool home record against Italian opposition is W6 D0 L4, losing two of their last three home soil against Serie A visitors. Liverpool have tremendous scoring power in them and over 2.5 goals at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018) is going to run with some appeal. The Reds have produced an unbeaten streak of form on home soil this season in Europe, collecting seven points in the group stage before home successes over Porto and then Man City. It is likely that there will be enough in the game for it to end with both teams getting themselves on the scoresheet in the fixture. Liverpool will once again be looking towards Mo Salah and his epic scoring this season to give them an advantage over the club that they brought him from last summer. Liverpool have only lost once at Anfield all season (W16 D8) across all competitions, scoring in all but three of those games.

Roma News and Form

Roma produced a stunning comeback, winning 3-0 at home against Barcelona in the second leg of their quarter-final duel with the Spaniards, having lost 3-1 at the Nou Camp. Edin Dzeko was at the centre of their comeback and he is going to be a good option for the Italians in the anytime goalscorer market. A Liverpool 2-1 and the 1-1 draw are the shortest-priced options in the bet365 correct score market at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). This is only the second time that Roma have been in the European Cup semi-final, winning their previous visits in 1983/84 against Dundee United. Roma have lost their last six knockout ties against English sides after winning the first three. They have been to England this season already, playing out a 3-3 draw at Chelsea in the group stage. Roma have produced only the one win in their last 16 games in England (D6 L9). Their only victory in England being at Liverpool in their 2000/01 UEFA Cup tie. Twice this season they have won through after having lost the first leg of a Champions League tie. They did it in the round of sixteen against Shakhtar Donetsk. Both teams to score in the first leg is at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). The Giallorossi have shown tremendous fight and spirit this season. They have only won six of their last 25 Champions League games (D8 L11) but have won five of their last nine. They will have belief enough with what they have gone through that fate could be on their side this year.

Liverpool v Roma Head to Head

There have been five previous meetings between Roma and Liverpool the most famous of them being the 1984 European Cup Final, which was the first ever to go to a penalty shoot out. Liverpool won that. Their next meeting was in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup fourth round, squeezing through 2-1 despite losing at Anfield. Liverpool went on to win the tournament that season. They were then paired up in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage with a 0-0 draw in Rome and a 2-0 win for Liverpool back at Anfield.

Liverpool v Roma Betting Odds*

Liverpool 1/2, Draw 10/3, Roma 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018)   

Liverpool v Roma Predictions

Liverpool have the strike force to get themselves a win on the night. The important thing for them is to not give up an away goal as the Italians have shown what they can do home soil. The thing is, Liverpool only know how to play one way and that will leave them a little vulnerable defensively. Back a home win and both teams to score.