Champions League Final Preview & Betting Tips – 28th May
Well, we managed to finish the Premier League season on a very nice note, landing a very sizeable profit of £66 thanks to Philippe Coutinho scoring against Manchester City and also for Leicester beating Southampton with both teams scoring.
Manchester City claimed the league title as expected, although they made life difficult for themselves. Burnley were the team that went down after Leeds earned a fine win at Brentford and Tottenham pipped Arsenal to the final Champions League spot.
The Gunners will play in the Europa League next season alongside Manchester United, with West Ham taking the sole available spot in the new Europa Conference League.
We know Fulham and Bournemouth will return to the Premier League next season and it will be either Huddersfield Town or Nottingham Forest that join them in the Premier League next season when they play off in the Playoff Final on Sunday.
However, it is the massive game coming up on Saturday that we turn our attention to now as Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Paris on Saturday night at the famous Stade de France.
Clement Turpin will referee the game which pits two of the most successful teams in the tournament’s history against each other.
Real Madrid have 13 wins from 16 finals appearances, Liverpool six wins from 9 finals appearances.
Both teams have also played each other in the final twice before, Liverpool winning 1-0 in 1981, in a game played in Paris, while Real Madrid were 3-1 winners when the teams met in Kyiv in 2018.
Let’s now give you some additional details for the big game coming up this weekend, ahead of our trio of tips for the match for the Full Time Result, Correct Score and Anytime Goalscorer markets.
Champions League Final Tips: Saturday 28th May
Both teams qualified very confidently from the groups stage of the Champions League as group winners. Liverpool won all six of their games, home and away, against FC Porto, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid to top their group with a 100% winning record.
Real Madrid won five of their six games to top their group with 15 points, but did suffer a shock home defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol on Matchday 2. Even so, wins home and away against Inter and Shakhtar Donetsk saw Madrid qualify comfortably.
As group winners, both Liverpool and Real Madrid were seeded in the draw for the Round of 16 in the knockout phase and would avoid each other at that stage of the tournament.
Liverpool’s knockout stage opponents were Inter Milan and after a 2-0 win in Milan, the Reds went down to a rare defeat, 0-1 at home to Inter in the second leg, but still enough to progress into the quarterfinals.
Real seemed to be heading out after they lost the first leg 1-0 to PSG in Paris, and were 1-0 down to them in the second leg, but for an 18 minute Karim Benzema hat-trick to totally turn the tie on its head midway through the second half to put the Spaniards through to the quarters.
There Real met Chelsea and after a fine display at Stamford Bridge, arguably their best in the knockout phase, they seemed certain to go through after a 3-1 win, given to them by another brilliant Benzema hat-trick.
However, in the second leg, Chelsea actually went in front in the tie taking a 3-0 lead at the Bernebeu. Rodrygo levelled the tie 10 minutes from time to force extra time when Benzema’s header put the Spanish side back in front to claim the win.
Liverpool faced Benfica in their quarterfinal and secured a comfortable 6-4 aggregate win, winning the first leg in Lisbon 3-1 before a spirited Benfica display in the second leg at Anfield saw the Portuguese side earn a 3-3 draw on the night.
The Reds them moved on to face Villarreal in the semifinal and they defeated the Europa League holders 2-0 at Anfield. However, in the second leg Villarreal led 2-0 at half time at home after a superb first half display, only for Liverpool to roar back after half time and claim a 3-2 win and 5-2 aggregate victory.
Real’s semi-final against Manchester City was even more dramatic. After a pulsating 4-3 game at the Etihad, City led 5-3 on aggregate after taking a 1-0 lead at the Bernebeu. In the 90th minute Rodrygo scored and then a minute later, in incredible scenes, he scored again to level the tie. Benzema slotted home a penalty in extra time to confirm a staggering comeback and a place in the final.
In all competitions this season, Liverpool have played 62 games, winning 46, drawing 13 and losing just 3 scoring 147 goals, conceding 47.
In contrast, Real have played 55 games in total this season, winning 38, drawing 8 and losing 9, scoring 118 goals and conceding 50.
This should be an open and attacking game. I’d expect Liverpool to dominate possession and Real to try and hit them on the counter as they did against all three opponents so far in the Champions League knockout stage.
That said, I think Liverpool have more strength in depth and a much better back line and I think that will be the key to the Reds landing a victory here.
*Tips are exactly that tips (predictions) and do not guarantee success.