Real Madrid are remarkably bidding for a third straight Champions League and fourth in five seasons, and given they’ve featured so prominently in this competition in recent times, it’s unsurprising that this is a fixture that tends to produce goals. Both teams have scored in the last seven finals and since six of Real Madrid’s last nine Champions League matches had Over 3.5 Goals, as have seven of Liverpool’s 12 games since the group stages, we’re expecting a thrilling watch.
Real finished a massive 17 points behind Barca in the league and they certainly look weaker than the recent sides to have won this competition, so we’re looking to take them on. Bayern spurned a number of chances against them in the semis but this Liverpool side are unlikely to do the same as they’ve been prolific in this competition, netting 37 times in their last 10 games. After beating Man City 5-1 in the quarters we think they can upset the odds again.
Zidane has been inconsistent with his team selections this season, but whatever tactics and personnel he chooses to deploy you can be sure Marcelo will make rampaging runs down that left hand side, which is sure to cause Sergio Ramos all kinds of positional problems. The Brazilian is magical going forward, but the space he vacates resulted in Joshua Kimmich bagging a goal in both legs of the semi-final, while Suarez capitalized on such a situation in the recent Clasico. Given Liverpool are ruthless in exploiting teams on the counter, Salah should fancy himself playing on that side to get on the scoresheet. The Egyptian’s been world class all season and we’re backing him to cap it off by putting in a man of the match performance on the biggest of stages.