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Liverpool v Real Madrid - Champions League Final: Three tips to follow

26 May 2022 08:53:23 EST
Sadio Mane is one member of Liverpool's fine array of attacking talent

Liverpool take on Real Madrid in Saturday's Champions League final in Paris and it promises to be a fascinating betting event, with many options for punters to consider.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are 1.53 to lift the trophy, with 13-time European champions Real 2.50, while Liverpool are 1.95 to win in normal time.

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However, there are plenty of other angles for punters to consider and we have picked out three interesting bets for the Stade de France showdown.

Liverpool forwards aim to extend hot streak

Liverpool have scored at least twice in 11 of their 12 Champions League matches this season and they are 1.80 to notch over 1.5 goals in Saturday's final.

The only blot on their record was a 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan at Anfield in the second leg of their last-16 tie, when they were defending a 2-0 lead from the first leg, but they won all six of their group games against AC Milan, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid - scoring 17 times.

The Reds rattled in six goals in the two legs of their quarter-final tie against Benfica and scored five more against a dogged Villarreal side in the semis, so they should be confident of breaching an unconvincing Real defence.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have struggled to restrict goalscoring opportunities for their knockout-stage opponents, relying on the attacking brilliance of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and super-sub Rodrygo to bail them out against Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester City.

PSG had 21 attempts at goal, including a missed penalty from Lionel Messi, in their 1-0 last-16 first-leg win, while Chelsea had 48 shots over the two legs of their 5-4 aggregate defeat in the quarter-finals.

City scored four goals and hit the post in the home leg of their semi and forced Real keeper Thibaut Courtois into making eight saves at the Bernabeu before the hosts' stunning late comeback, so the Reds' forwards may well prove too sharp for the Spanish champions.

Brilliant Benzema poses huge threat

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is 5.00 to be first goalscorer in the Champions League final, despite having failed to find the net in the Reds' last five knockout games in the competition.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski had been a hot favourite for the Golden Boot as the Polish striker bagged 13 goals before Bayern were knocked out by Villarreal in the last eight.

However, Lewandowski, Salah and the rest of Europe's sharpest shooters have been eclipsed by Real's French star Benzema, who is enjoying the best season of his career at the age of 34, and who is 6.00 to open the scoring in Paris.

He notched a 17-minute hat-trick against PSG to turn around a 2-0 aggregate deficit in the last-16 and also claimed the match ball after scoring all three of Real's goals in their quarter-final first-leg win at Stamford Bridge.

An extra-time winner in the second leg against Chelsea and three goals - two of them clinically-converted penalties - against City in the semis, took Benzema's Champions League tally this term to 15 goals, ten of which have come in knockout matches.

His La Liga form has been just as impressive, with 27 goals - nine more than any other player in the division - in just 32 appearances and he is the obvious threat to the Reds' rearguard.

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Comeback kings Real cannot be written off

Liverpool have staged some famous Champions League comebacks, overturning Milan's 3-0 lead to win the 2005 final on penalties and beating Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to clinch a 4-3 aggregate win in the 2019 semi-finals.

This season, though, Real have been Europe's comeback kings and they are 13.00 to win from behind in 90 minutes in the final.

Ancelotti's players have shown remarkable character to battle back from aggregate deficits of 2-0 against PSG, 4-3 (having led 3-1) against Chelsea, and 5-3 going into injury-time in the second leg of the semi-final against the Premier League champion Citizens.

Those results mean Liverpool will not be sitting comfortably even if they take the lead in Paris and Real's La Liga record this season also demonstrates how strongly they finish matches.

They scored 80 league goals on their way to the title and 50 of those, or 62 per cent, were scored in the second half - with 25 coming in the final 15 minutes of games.

Real had to come from behind to win both of their league matches against third-placed Sevilla, roaring back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in April, and they beat Real Sociedad, another top-six club, 4-1 in March despite conceding a tenth-minute penalty.

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