Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: Europe's Greatest Football Match Features Two Continental Giants

May 25, 2022
Benson Chikezie

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022
Playoffs: Final
Stade de France, Paris – Saint-Denis

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All roads lead to Paris this weekend as the most exciting and prestigious European continental competition comes to a befitting close with a mouthwatering fixture on the cards. Liverpool take on Champions League’s best achievers, Real Madrid, in a winner-takes-all match at the Stade de France on May 29, with kickoff scheduled for 00:30 IST.

Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah spoke earlier about having a score to settle against Real Madrid, bringing up memories of their 3-1 defeat at the hands of Los Blancos in the Champions League final in the 2017/2018 season. Real Madrid have had the luxury of resting key players after they sealed their La Liga crown with four games to spare and will look forward to giving Carlo Ancelotti the fourth Champions League trophy in his managerial career.

Teams Status

Liverpool Form and Team News

The talk of a quadruple vanished over the weekend as Manchester City pipped The Reds to the Premier League crown with a five-goal thriller that produced three goals in six minutes. Hearts were broken at Liverpool, and although they beat Wolves by three goals to one, it felt like a loss.

That down-to-the-wire run has seen them stretch themselves, and key players like Thiago sustained injuries during that battle with Manchester City. But Klopp’s side can draw confidence from their recent form that has them unbeaten in 18 competitive matches and their ability to turn games around in the second half.

They may be without Joe Gomez and Fabinho in Paris, as the duo sustained knocks and may not be fit enough to feature.

Real Madrid Form and Team News

Labeled the Comeback Kings, Real Madrid are on a sensational run to another UCL crown and can close out a beautiful season with a well-deserved win in Paris. They blew away two English sides en route to the final, producing a blitz in the dying minutes to deny Chelsea and Manchester City.

They have a healthy head-to-head record against Liverpool, having not lost to their English opponents since 2009. Fate may be on Madrid’s side, as Spanish teams won the previous finals held at Stade de France. They also have an inspiration in Karim Benzema, who has netted 15 times in this edition of the Champions League and is a formidable presence up front for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid will be sweating over the fitness of David Alaba. The Austrian defender has been pivotal to his team this season and appears to be nursing a knock that might rule him out of the final.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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The Reds are the bookies’ favorites to win the Champions League final and the trophy come May 29. On the Paripesa sportsbook, Liverpool to win is placed at 2.10 odds, a draw at 3.76 odds, and Real Madrid to win at 3.64 odds.

All three outcomes are placed at 2.06, 3.65, and 3.45 odds, respectively, on the sportsbook, and at 2.10, 3.76, and 3.64 odds, respectively, on the Melbet sportsbook.

Tipster’s Angle

Real Madrid have fresher players than Liverpool, but both teams are equally hungry for the Champions League trophy. Real have a superior head-to-head record over Liverpool in recent times, winning four and drawing one of their last five meetings since 2009. 

Their last final meeting in the 2017/2018 season ended 3-1 in favor of Real Madrid, although Liverpool lost Mo Salah to injury that night. Notably, all the goals in that fixture came after halftime. Without further ado, here are the top possible outcomes for Liverpool vs. Real Madrid:

Tip: Both Teams To Score @ 1.60

A lot is at stake in this fixture, and we do not expect either team to fail to take their chances to score. Both sides, especially Real Madrid, have played out high-scoring matches on their way to the final, and in each of Liverpool’s last six matches, both teams have scored. Both teams to score is available on the sportsbook at 1.60 odds.

Tip: Over 1.5 Goals @ 1.23

Both sides have plundered goals this season, and a repeat of another high-scoring outing like the final in 2018 may be on the cards. Coincidentally, Liverpool and Real Madrid have recorded a result with at least two goals or more in five of their last six Champions League matches. The odds for over 1.5 goals are at 1.23 on the Parimatch sportsbook.


The biggest night is European club football is upon us, and what a thrilling encounter it promises to be. Liverpool are looking to add a third trophy to their collection this season, while Carlo Ancelotti will want to claim the fourth UCL trophy of his career. We expect a highly entertaining football game.

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