Real Madrid vs Liverpool Preview

Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Competition – UEFA Champions League Final 2018

Stadium – Kiev Olympic Stadium

Date: 26th May 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Real Madrid head into this final with hopes of further cementing their place as one of the competition’s most successful clubs in history.

This would be their 16th final and they have won 12 of their previous 15 showing that they are a team for the big occasions.

However, Liverpool are a team that thrives as underdogs and we’re in for one of the most thrilling finals in Champions League history in this game.

Madrid are not in the best possible form at the moment as they have won just one of their last six competitive games, the last of which was a 2-2 draw on the final day of the La Liga season, a match they were already two goals up.

Madrid drew their final game of the Champions League 2-2 against Bayern Munich to reach the final (4-3 aggregate).

Madrid have conceded at least two goals in 4 of their last 5 games, and they have kept just one clean sheet in their last eleven games – it will be interesting to see if they can stop the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino who have netted a combined 31 goals in the Champions League this season.

Liverpool are also not the best defensive team in the world at the moment, and they have won just two of their last six games in all competitions, conceding 4 goals away at Roma in their last Champions League game.

As a matter of fact, 9 goals have been scored against the Reds in their last 6 games, and that should give Cristiano Ronaldo some confidence of scoring in this game.

These team teams have scored 70 goals in the Champions League this season, with the Reds scoring 40, and Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s front three have been responsible for 46 of those goals.

Real Madrid and Liverpool have met twice in the Champions League before, with Liverpool winning 5-0 on aggregate in the 2008/09 campaign and Real Madrid winning both group matches in 2014.

Bookmakers make Real Madrid favourites to win the trophy however the odds suggest a close, high-scoring game.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Madrid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid 19 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid 6-0 Celta Vigo 12 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Sevilla FC 3-2 Real Madrid 9 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid 6 May, 2018 Spanish Primera División
D Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich 1 May, 2018 UEFA Champions League

Liverpool

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Liverpool 4-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 May, 2018 English Premier League
L Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool 6 May, 2018 English Premier League
L AS Roma 4-2 Liverpool 2 May, 2018 UEFA Champions League
D Liverpool 0-0 Stoke City 28 Apr, 2018 English Premier League
W Liverpool 5-2 AS Roma 24 Apr, 2018 UEFA Champions League

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Real Madrid 1-0 Liverpool 4 Nov, 2014 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid 22 Oct, 2014 UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid 10 Mar, 2009 UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid 0-1 Liverpool 25 Feb, 2009 UEFA Champions League

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