Real Madrid v Liverpool – NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv – May 26, 2018 – 19:45 hrs – UEFA Champions League Final preview
Real Madrid v Liverpool Champions League Odds
Odds correct as of 22/05/2018.
Real Madrid v Liverpool Preview
While Real Madrid will be aiming to cement their name as the greatest club of all time by winning a 12th Champions League title and three in a row to boot, Liverpool will try to revive the glory years of the late 70's and early 80's. The Reds, though, had won their last title in 2005 (their 5th) in a dramatic win over AC Milan in Istanbul.
For Los Blancos, it will be their talisman, the incomparable Cristiano Ronaldo, who the fans will look forward to deliver at the Kyiv on Saturday night.
The Portuguese striker has already accounted for 15 of the 30 goals his side have scored in the 2017-18 Championship so far and will look to add to his phenomenal tally of 120 goals from his 152 outings in this prestigious European tournament over the years.
As for Liverpool, all eyes will be on Mo Salah, their premier scorer for the season. The incredible 26-year old Egyptian along with the likes of Firmino and Sadio Mane with 29 goals between them in the Champions League so far have been instrumental in Liverpool's ascension to the final.
And a truly scintillating progress to Kyiv it's been for Jurgen Klopp's boys! Much in keeping with Klopp's style of “attack, attack & attack”, the Reds have pumped in 40 goals in the current Championship which is a record by itself.
Liverpool will have to be a bit wary of the blistering counter-attacks initiated by players like Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Marcello. In fact, the defence of Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Robertson looked vulnerable in the finishing moments of the 2nd leg clash against Roma where they they succumbed to their only defeat of the Championship.
While Liverpool breezed through the Rounds of 8 and 16 in emphatic fashion thrashing Manchester City and Roma, Los Blancos managed to scrape through by the skin of their teeth against Juventus and Bayern Munich helped by some poor refereeing and outrageous defensive lapses.
Real will have to watch out for the first 30 minutes when Liverpool are at their blistering best and get most of their goals while the Reds will not have to allow Los Blancos to regroup in the second half which is when the Spanish giants are at their deadliest.
Liverpool will miss the services of the speedy and imaginative Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank, out with a prolonged knee injury. But that aside, they have will probably field the following line-up.
Liverpool in the 4-3-3 formation:
Karius (goal); Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no injury or suspension worries as the full-strength line-up for the final indicates
Real Madrid in the 4-3-3 formation:
Real Madrid Line up:
Navas (goal); Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Vasquez, Ronaldo, Benzema
Given their incredible track-record in the UEFA Champions League, bookmakers have been prompted to wager on a Real Madrid win, but Liverpool seem to have the momentum with them and look capable of easily turning the tables in Kyiv.