Liverpool have already lifted the League Cup and FA cup trophies in 2022 – will Real Madrid stop the Reds from raising their third trophy this season? Read on to inform your predictions on the 2021/22 Champions League final, which is taking place on Saturday, May 28.
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With 19 Champions League titles between these two powerhouse clubs, Liverpool and Real Madrid share a rich history of playing against each other. Real Madrid knocked out Liverpool during last year’s quarter-finals but Liverpool have produced a record-breaking season thus far.
Can Liverpool secure their third trophy of the season or will Real Madrid win a record 14th Champions League title?
Date/time: Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 21:00 (CEST)
Venue: Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France
Liverpool vs. Real Madrid: Predicted line-ups
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz.
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Champions League Final: A closer look at the odds
Liverpool have gone from strength to strength this season and are frontrunners to take the Champions League title at odds of 2.050*. The Reds have scored two more goals than Real Madrid during the tournament and have enjoyed significantly more possession.
Real Madrid have lost three more games than Liverpool during the 2021/22 tournament and have conceded more goals. Pinnacle traders have Real Madrid at 3.640* to upset Liverpool, while a draw after 90 minutes is at 3.750*.
Half of the games played between these two clubs have ended with more than 2.5 goals scored but with both teams averaging just over one goal per game during the 2021/22 tournament, Pinnacle traders have Total Match Goals of Over 2.5 at 1.757*.
Champions League head-to-head record
Both clubs have enjoyed significant success in the Champions League but Liverpool’s six titles are dwarfed by Real Madrid’s whopping 13 Champions League titles. When these two sides meet though, the pair are much closer to equals.
Liverpool’s six titles are dwarfed by Real Madrid’s whopping 13 Champions League titles.
In eight Champions League matches against each other, Liverpool have won three games to Real Madrid’s four games. The Liverpool vs. Real Madrid fixture has only ever produced a single draw – which was the last time they met in 2020/21. Historically, matches between the two clubs are one-sided, with only three games won by a single-goal deficit.
It has been some time since Liverpool have notched a win against Real Madrid. In fact, the Reds have failed to defeat Real Madrid in their last five meetings, with their last victory coming back in the Round 16 of the 2008/09 tournament.
Champions League final: Who has the edge?
Liverpool are currently facing an injury scare with star striker Mohamed Salah going down unchallenged during the FA Cup final victory against Chelsea. Salah and defender Virgil van Dijk will be rested ahead of the Champions League final to ensure their fitness.
Real Madrid will receive a welcome boost with the likely return of Austrian centre-back David Alaba and midfielder Dani Ceballos who performed well playing off the bench against Manchester City during the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool have certainly been the better performers during the 2021/22 Champions League tournament, ranking second on possession, goals, and attacks, while Real Madrid have only really outperformed Liverpool on passing accuracy. Liverpool have only lost a single game, whereas Real Madrid have suffered four losses on their journey to the Champions League final.
However, Real Madrid do have a goal-scoring advantage in forward Karim Benzema who leads the tournament's goal scorers with 15 strikes sent into the back of the net and at the time of writing, leads the top La Liga goal scorers tally with 27 goals from 31 games.
Liverpool certainly appear to be the in-form team going into the Champions League final, after their hard-fought FA Cup final victory and the Reds haven’t been beaten since March 8 – which was incidentally their only Champions League loss. Real Madrid needed to stage a comeback to stay alive during the Champions League semi-finals and their most recent victories in the Spanish La Liga were against teams facing relegation.