The Champions League returns to action on Saturday 28th May, with 13-time champions Real Madrid taking on six-time winners Liverpool in a repeat of the 2018 final. Here at BettingPro we have got you covered with all of the best betting angles, tips and predictions on the knockout stages of Europe's elite competition.
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Liverpool v Real Madrid (Saturday 28th May, 20:00 BST, BT Sport)
Liverpool are looking to gain revenge on Real not only for the 3-1 defeat in Kiev in the 2018 final, but also for the same aggregate score which saw the Reds dumped out at the quarter-final stage last season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will have their first-choice defence available this time around, though, which has contributed to them being around even-money favourites with most bookmakers to win the match in normal time.
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- Bookmaker Odds Betting Tip
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Personally, I make Liverpool a bit short in this regard, especially with injury concerns surrounding Fabinho and Thiago. It is likely the former will make it having missed Liverpool’s last four matches with a hamstring issue, but it’s hard to see Thiago starting having suffered an Achilles injury only six days prior to the final in Paris, which is a major blow to the English runners-up’s ability to control possession.
In Liverpool’s six matches against fellow top four opponents in the Premier League this season, the Reds drew all six, with five of them being 1-1 or 2-2 draws. They also drew both domestic cup finals with Chelsea before winning both on penalties.
I’d rank Real at a similar level to Chelsea and Tottenham myself, so given the advantage the Spanards have had in recent in weeks in terms of resting players having already wrapped up the La Liga title, it would be little surprise to see this one go to extra-time (and potentially penalties) after a score draw in normal time.
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One key battle will undoubtedly be Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold against Real’s left-winger Vinicius Junior, who has been in scintillating form during the knockout stages.
Vinicius gave Trent a torrid time in the aforementioned quarter-final last season, with his dribbling ability a threat to any defender on his day.
Interestingly, in the knockout stages, he has drawn four, one, eight, one, six and four tackles from his opposing right-backs. That’s an average of four-per-game, and it’s worth noting half of those were in fewer than 90 minutes, which you’d fully expect Trent to get.
Trent, meanwhile, has made 2+ tackles in five of his eight Champions League starts this season, as well as in five of his last seven league starts. Five of those 15 combined matches saw the 23-year-old make three or four tackles, too.
As such, I’ll be playing Trent’s tackles lines on Sky Bet. It may also be worth jumping on right-sided centre-back Ibrahima Konate (if he starts), who has made 2+ tackles in six of his seven CL starts this season, and will be expected to regularly shuffle over whenever Trent marauds forward.
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- Bookmaker Odds Betting Tip
- Both Teams To Score, Both Teams To Receive A Card, Under 5 Cards, Trent 2+ Tackles & Over 2.5 Offsides for Real @ 9/1 Claim Here
For a longshot, I like combining some of the above selections along with the card and offside markets.
French official Clement Turpin has been handed the whistle for this year’s final, with the 40-year-old showing both teams 1+ card each in 17 of his last 20 matches in all competitions. Given the amount at stake and the sheer quality and pace on the pitch, I’m happy to back this to land.
However, Turpin has shown fewer than five cards in 14 of his last 20 games, too, and we’ve seen a clear directive from UEFA since Euro 2020 for referees to keep their cards in their pocket more often, especially on the big stage.
Liverpool’s opponents were caught offside 3+ times in all six knockout games, meanwhile, with the likes of Vinicius and Karim Benzema likely to look to catch their opponents’ high line out as frequently as possible.
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