The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be hosted in Kiev on May 26th between European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid had a close contest against Bayern Munich to get through and make it to their third consecutive Final and fourth in five years and Liverpool won over a high scoring two legs against Roma in their semi-final
Outright odds at the time of writing are Real Madrid 6/5, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 11/4
Real Madrid are the most successful European side ever. They have won the European Cup/Champions League twelve times before and three of the last four finals. They have won twelve of their fifteen European Cup finals. Overall their form hasn’t looked all that great really through this season’s tournament, but they have shown tremendous character and they have survived. Their route to the final was considerably harder than the one that Liverpool faced, knocking out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich. They have relied on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo at times
Liverpool, in comparison to Real Madrid, have arguably benefited from the draw in the knockout stages of the competition. Jurgen Klopp’s men have produced some scintillating forward play in their domestic and European campaigns, with their star man being Mo Salah who has returned ten goals in his season’s competition. But the true power of Liverpool’s attack can be seen by the ten goals that Roberto Firmino has also netted in the tournament for them this season, and the nine from Sadio Mane. They scored seventeen goals in their three knockout rounds compared to the thirteen by Real Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the competition with 120 goals in 152 appearances since his debut in 2003. Lionel Messi is the only one close to him and he has produced 100 goals in 125 appearances which is actually a slightly better rate of goals per game than Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be top scorer again this season and the seventh season that he has finished as top scorer for a Champions League season (his sixth successive one). During the 2017/18 campaign, he has also broken his own record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season.
This could be a high scoring game, notwithstanding that finals are often cagey affairs. Both teams are better going forward than defending. Both teams to scores has to be seen as very likely and the 12/5 Real madrid/both teams to score is the bet here.