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Real Madrid Favored on Champions League Final Odds

Real Madrid Favored on Champions League Final Odds - Bovada Sportsbook

Liverpool FC will be vying for their first UEFA Champions League title since 2005 when they take on Real Madrid on Saturday as +135 underdogs on the odds to win the 2018 Champions League final.

The Reds punched their ticket to the final with a narrow 7-6 aggregate win over AS Roma in this year’s semi-final, but have struggled in recent matches across all competitions and take a middling 2-2-2 win-draw-loss record in their past six outings into Saturday’s game at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev.

Liverpool dominated in a 4-0 rout of Brighton & Hove Albion last time out on May 13, paying out as a -500 wager on the Premier league odds. That victory put the brakes on a three-match winless slide, which included a lopsided 4-2 loss to AS Roma as +140 chalk in the second leg of their UCL semi-final matchup on May 2.

That inconsistency has done little to lift the Reds on the Champions League final betting odds. Liverpool trails as a +200 underdog on the Champions League game line odds, and is pegged as a -130 favorite to score UNDER 1.5 goals in Saturday’s contest.

However, the success of the Reds in this year’s UCL Final will likely hinge on the performance of superstar Mohamed Salah. The 25-year-old Egyptian emerged as the top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances, while adding 11 markers in 14 Champions League outings.

Salah ended a three-match goalscoring drought with the opening score in the Reds’ victory over the Seagulls, and is pegged as a +350 wager to score two or more goals on the Champions League final odds.

Teammate Robert Firmino also tallied 11 goals for the Reds during Champions League play this season, including a pair of markers in a 5-2 first-leg win over Roma, and sports short +175 odds of finding the net at least once on Saturday afternoon.

 

Real Madrid Looking for Third Straight UCL Crown

The Reds must contend with a Real squad that will be gunning for a third straight UCL crown as strong -165 favorites on the 2018 Champions League title odds.

Real attackers have had little difficulty finding the back of the net in recent outings, tallying 18 total goals in their past seven outings across all competitions. However, that offensive onslaught has not translated into consistent results, with the club going 3-3-1 during that stretch.

Despite those struggles, Real remain a strong +120 wager to earn the win in 90 minutes in Saturday’s match, which also features +120 odds on the goal total finishing OVER 3.5.

Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to score early for the defending champions. The Portuguese star has scored 15 times in Champions League action this season, and is a +300 favorite to open the scoring in this year’s Champions League final, and a +1000 wager to score three or more goals in a Champions League contest for the eighth time in his career.

However, Ronaldo has scored just once in two previous meetings with Liverpool as a member of Real Madrid, netting the opening goal in a 3-0 win over the Reds during Champions League group stage action in October 2014.

 

*Odds as of May 25, 2018

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