The UEFA Champions League finals are here. Liverpool and Real Madrid meet for the third time in the title match, and so far, the record is leveled, with one win each. The Reds closed the season in the English Premier League this weekend, beating the Wolves at home, but losing the title due to Man City’s spectacular comeback against Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Real played with Betis without goals, having an easy and relaxing game in which they didn’t want to spend too much energy. The venue of this clash is Stade de France in Paris.
Liverpool (+100) has four wins in a row, nine in the last 10, and they are in excellent shape coming into this event. The Reds look superb upront, with several players ready to score at any given moment of the event. It is no wonder why this team has maybe the most potent attack in the world over the last three of four years.
The Reds lost the last time in March, when Inter triumphed at Anfield, 0-1. It was the UCL round of 16, but Liverpool advanced due to a 1-3 win in Milan. Klopp’s unit has been perfect on the road, and they still didn’t feel the taste of loss away from home in 2022.
Football fans like to watch L’Pool’s events on the road, due to the high efficiency. Six of the previous eight of their outings were either with over 2.5 goals or both teams to score. Or combined. Klopp’s philosophy is always the same, attack.
Real Madrid (+205) played three games in a row with under 2.5 goals, which hasn’t been the case in recent times. The reason for that is the fact that this team secured the La Liga title, and Carlo Ancelotti didn’t want his boys to spend too much energy.
Overall, Los Blancos were more than efficient in the past two months, and the main reason for that was Karim Benzema, who is in perfect shape this season. The French striker scored 44 goals in 44 appearances, 15 in 10 UCL games.
Real’s games on the road were efficient as well. At one point, they had six in a row with at least two scored goals, and all six were with over 2.5 goals, five ending with both teams netting.
The Reds’ fans were frozen when Mane left the pitch against the Wolves, but it turned out that his hamstring injury wasn’t that problematic.
Hazard is out for Real, David Alaba as well, and Gareth Bale too. According to the sources from the club, Isco won’t be in the protocol either.
Head to Head Games
In 1981 Liverpool beat Real in the CL finals, 1-0. In 2017, Real got even, winning 3-1. The most recent matchup was last year, once Los Blancos eliminated the English side in the quarterfinals, 3-1 at Bernabeu and 0-0 in England.
We will be short here. We expect to see three or more goals because of both teams’ offensive mentality and slight problems in the respective back lines, especially on the road. If you check the stats, you’ll find out that their defenses weren’t confident over the last few weeks.
Pick: Over 2.5 goals
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