Champions League Final Betting Guide

By Martin Green24 May 2018
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Real Madrid are aiming to win the Champions League for a third time in a row and just Liverpool now stand in their way. Los Blancos have been the dominant team in the competition throughout history and in the modern era, and they always seem to raise their game on big European nights. They have already overwhelmed PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach the final, and they are the clear Bet365 favourites to add Liverpool to their list of scalps. But Jurgen Klopp’s swashbuckling side are in terrific form too, led by the irrepressible Mohamed Salah, and it should prove to be a cracking contest. The last team to beat Real Madrid in a European final was Liverpool, back in 1981, and Reds players will be desperate for history to repeat itself on Saturday night in Kiev.

Best Bookmakers to Choose

William Hill, which enjoys a five-star rating at Bookmakers Review, is offering the market-leading price of 13/10 on a Real Madrid win. That is an extremely attractive set of odds on a team with such vast experience in the latter stages of this competition. Last season, they thrashed Juventus 4-1 in the final to record their third Champions League title in four years. They have won the competition 12 times, more than any other club in history, and in Cristiano Ronaldo they have arguably the world’s finest player. But Liverpool are also surging with confidence after knocking out Man City in the quarter-finals, and much of the action is going on the Reds at longer odds.

Another five star rated bookmaker, Bet365, is offering a market-leading 29/10 on Liverpool winning it in 90 minutes. Bet Victor has the best price on Real Madrid to lift the trophy (8/11), a bet that allows for extra-time and penalties, while 188Bet has 23/17 on Liverpool in this market. Bet365 and SkyBet will offer fantastic in-play options, while the likes of Paddy Power and Bet Victor are offering a range of interesting special bets.

Trends to Bear in Mind

These are the highest-scoring teams in Europe this season. Liverpool beat Maribor 7-0 and Spartak Moscow in the group stage, before beating Porto 5-0 in the last 16, putting five past Man City over two legs in the quarters and six past Roma in the semis. Real Madrid have been in fine goal scoring form too, and Ronaldo is the competition’s leading scorer by some distance. But question marks surround both defences, and they have both conceded with alarming regularity throughout the campaign, so we should be in for an open and exciting game on Saturday night.

Both of these sides were well off the pace in their domestic leagues, but they have raised their games in Europe. Real Madrid are a lot more experienced, but they have shown signs of fatigue creeping into aging legs. Liverpool are younger, hungrier and more energetic, and they could punish Real.

Betting Strategies

Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their semi-final, and lost the second leg 4-2, so we should be in for plenty of goals in the final. Real Madrid conceded three against Juventus and two against Bayern Munich, while also scoring freely. SkyBet and Coral both have 4/6 on both teams to score and 'over' 2.5 goals, and it is hard to ignore such odds. Ronaldo and Salah both look interesting to score at any time. William Hill has 4/5 on Ronaldo, and 888 Sport and Unibet have 23/18 on Salah, which is a great price when some bookmakers are offering below evens. Both men have scored more than 40 goals this season, and they are exuding confidence, so it would not be surprising to see them score in the final.