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Champions League Final – Betting Tips

The Champions League final is just around the corner and the coaches of Real Madrid and Liverpool will be putting their players through their final paces as we approach the big day. Real Madrid have won the tournament a record 12 times, whilst Liverpool are the most successful British team in the competition, winning it five times. It’s sure to be an exciting game on Saturday night as two of the best attacking teams in Europe containing two of the most exciting players in Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah, go head to head.

Real Madrid start this game as favourites at 6/5 (All odds from Coral), whilst a victory for Liverpool is priced up at 2/1, with the draw available at 11/4. I think one thing we can all be sure of is that there will be goals between these two sides. Liverpool won their semi-final 7-6, whilst Real Madrid won theirs 4-3, showing us that whilst they are both irresistible in attack, they have defensive weaknesses. Over 3.5 goals is available at 23/20 and I think that could well happen in this game; if you’re taking it a step further, you can back either Real Madrid or Liverpool to win and there be over 3.5 goals in the game, at odds of 7/2 or 11/2 respectively.

I’ve got a feeling about Liverpool in this game, and whilst both sides have ridden their luck at times in this competition, something just feels right about this Liverpool side lifting the trophy. Real Madrid have shown they are beatable if you can get at them and when you consider how attacking Marcelo likes to play at left back, Mohamed Salah could have a field day in behind him. You can get odds of 10/3 on Salah to open the scoring or 19/20 on him to score at anytime and either of those look like good bets to me.

I’m backing Liverpool to win this one and the 17/5 on a Liverpool win and BTTS (YES) looks like the standout bet to me. I can see the game finishing 2-1 or 3-1 to The Reds and there is plenty of value to be had in betting on a Liverpool victory. If you fancy Liverpool to win via a penalty shoot-out, as they so dramatically did in 2005, then that is available at 12/1.

Overall, if you’re betting on this game, you’ve got to be back goals. Both of these sides are at their best when they are attacking and I can’t see either side managing to keep a clean sheet on Saturday evening.

Jack StanleyChampions League, Magazine