The UEFA Champions League final, football’s most important club match, is approaching. Only two teams remain in the competition when Liverpool and Real Madrid face off at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France, just north of Paris.
It’s a clash befitting the occasion, as two of the world’s most dominant teams square off. Liverpool is fresh off a home double of cup wins, while Real Madrid won La Liga by a comfortable margin.
The Sporting News lays down the gambling possibilities for the season’s biggest game before the big game. Liverpool is the overwhelming favorite, having dominated the Champions League and proving to be a formidable force on numerous fronts this season. However, the betting market does not rule out Real Madrid.
Liverpool Performs Better Towards The End
The Reds are half-time favorites, but Real Madrid is at minus odds on the spread, indicating how tight this battle is likely to be. There is typically the case in high-profile matchups like this, where both teams are regarded as powerhouses.
Both sides are predicted to score, and also the over 2.5 total goals are the favorite in the betting markets. That would be a departure from recent norms since the Champions League final is frequently a tense encounter between two sides trying to avoid making a major error. Only four goals have been scored in the previous three Champions League finals, and one team has been held scoreless in all three.
This match has positive odds for both sides, which is fair. It’s simply a coin toss, and the team with the fewest errors will take home the award. While Real Madrid allows more opportunities than Liverpool (15.1 shots per Champions League game vs. 6.7), the team is designed around punishing opponent errors. That’s why Real Madrid is so effective late in games; they wait.