As the anticipation builds towards the UEFA Champions League final in Paris Saturday, underdog Real Madrid is taking nearly 60% of the bets and money to top favored Liverpool at a number of leading online sportsbooks. Europe’s premier club football tournament final will make a much higher percentage of bettors happy if at least three goals are scored in the championship game.
Marcelo Vieira, the captain of the Spanish club, plays his last game for Real Madrid. The four-time winner of the Champions League sounded confident at Friday’s press conference as his team takes on Liverpool.
“We’ve had a brilliant season. We are thrilled and deserve to be here. We are full of desire, and we are here to win.”
Real Madrid is shooting for a record 14th title, and first since 2018 when they defeated Liverpool, who is favored to clinch their seventh European Cup Saturday evening.
Champions League Final Odds
Odds to win have been moving and are subject to change. A look at FanDuel Sportsbook shows Liverpool as a -180 favorite on the spread, and Real Madrid +150.
- Match Results: Liverpool: (-105) | Real Madrid: (+270) | Draw: (+260) – Does not include extra time or penalty shoot-outs
- Spread: Liverpool (-180) | Real Madrid: (+150)
- LIV -1: (+280) | RMA: +1 (-135)
- Total: 2.5 – Over: (-142) | Under: (+118)
But beyond the side or total ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final, prop bets and goal scorer are popular wagers.
If you like Liverpool, you can lay a smaller price for them to score more than one goal at -130 odds.
And one player on Liverpool has added motivation.
- Mohamed Salah To Score Anytime (+140)
Salah is a three-time winner of the Premier League’s Golden Boot. He led the League with 23 goals this season, and added a league-high 13 assists.
Fans recall in the 2018 final between Liverpool and Real Madrid when Salah was forced to leave the UCL final. He suffered a separated shoulder and left the field in tears.
“I went out after 30 minutes or something. It was the worst moment of my career,” Salah said this week on his untimely injury and losing in the 2018 UCL final.
Real Madrid star striker Karim Benzema has +150 odds to score in the final. The 34-year-old Frenchman is the overwhelming frontrunner for the game’s highest individual prize – the 2021-22 Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player..
How to watch the Champions League Final
On Saturday, May 28, fans in the U.S. can tune into CBS television coverage starting at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Spanish broadcast is on Univision. The match will begin at 8 p.m. at the Stade de France in Paris. Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match on BT Sport 1.
The American online live streaming rights are owned by Paramount+, though the game can also be watched live on any streaming service that includes CBS – such as Hulu or FuboTV.
In the last 10 UCL finals featuring at least one La Liga representative, there has been an average of 3.4 goals per contest. With a number of superstar strikers and scorers in Saturday’s match, at least three goals will also make for more excitement and entertainment for fans and bettors.
You can bet on it.