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Champions League

Liverpool vs. Real Madrid betting odds: who is the favorite in the Champions League final?

Liverpool are slight favourites to beat Real Madrid in Paris but history weighs against Jürgen Klopp.

Champions League final betting odds
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Liverpool and Real Madrid head into the Champions League final on Saturday evening both in good form and with very few injury concerns on either side, meaning Jürgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti can field their strongest XIs in the Stade de France: Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Thiago should all return for Liverpool for the final, while David Alaba should be fit to return in defence for Madrid, although the Austria international may not start after six games out.

Klopp has never beaten Real Madrid as manager of Liverpool, suffering two defeats and a draw, but has got the better of Ancelotti while the Italian was at Bayern, Napoli and Everton. The final will be contested between managers who have led a team to the showpiece game on four (Klopp) and five (Ancelotti) occasions, with one title for the Liverpool boss and a record-equalling three for the Madrid manager. Given that Madrid have won the European Cup / Champions League on 13 occasions, and Liverpool have lifted old big ears six times, neither side are strangers to the pressures of the most important club game in Europe and both have won it over the past few years and have a number of players in their sides who were on the pitch when Madrid last lifted the cup in 2018, before Liverpool did so a year later.

Madrid, though, are unbeaten in their last five games against Liverpool, winning four and drawing one. Liverpool, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions, with 14 wins and nine clean sheets

Liverpool fans pose for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower.
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Liverpool fans pose for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower. Peter Byrne - PA ImagesGetty

Champions League betting: who will lift the trophy?

Most bookmakers have found little to separate the sides on paper, with odds as short as 8/5 (160) on Madrid to win the title and 11/10 (110) for Liverpool, and there is quite a lot of backing for Klopp’s side to do the job inside the 90 minutes with the Reds marginal favourites for the title.

Simply put, there isn’t much profit to be had on the outright winner market. A goalless draw after the 90 minutes can fetch around 4/1 though.

Taking a punt on the final score reaps greater rewards. A 2-0 Liverpool win, for example, pays out at 10/1 with some bookies and both teams to score, which is far from beyond the realms of possibility, is priced at 4/6 (-150). In the first scorer stakes, Salah is priced at 4-1 to hit the target first with Madrid marksman Benzema priced at closer to 5/1.

Salah is also available at 7/4 to win the match of the match award, while Real Madrid to win and both teams to score is priced at 6/1 at some bookmakers.

Liverpool-Real Madrid to be decided on extra time and penalties?

There are good odds to be had on the possibility of the match running over the 90 minutes: Liverpool are priced at 11/1 to win in extra time and 12/1 to lift the title after a penalty shoot-out, with Madrid at 17/1 and 13/1 respectively for the same outcome.


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