2018 Champions League Final: Who will be crowned Kings of Europe?

25th May – Champions League Betting Update & Tips

There are high expectations for an entertaining game in the Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday 26th May.

Liverpool have been the great entertainers in this season’s competition, with 46 goals scored in 14 matches.  For their part, Real Madrid has bagged 30 goals in a dozen games, half of which have been scored by the ever-prolific Cristiano Ronaldo.  With neither defence being totally convincing either, the final is not one that looks likely to end in a dour stalemate.

Real Madrid certainly hasn’t had an easy path to the final, having had to beat Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich in the knock-out stage of the competition.  They’ve been far from convincing at times, but have somehow won through to Kiev and there is a feeling that they will somehow prevail against Liverpool.

You can back Real Madrid to win the trophy at 8/11 with William Hill, with Liverpool priced at 5/4 with Paddy Power.  Alternatively, Madrid are 13/10 to win in 90 minutes, with Liverpool 11/5 with MarathonBet and the draw offered at 14/5 with BetVictor.

Two bets possibly worth considering for more attractive odds are for Real Madrid to win with Both Teams to Score, which is available at 12/5 with bet365 at the time of writing, and the Half-Time/ Full-Time Double Result of Liverpool/ Real Madrid, which is available at a tasty 22/1 with BetVictor.    

Liverpool v Real Madrid Betting Preview

The Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid takes place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday 26th May, in a game that provides a football betting bonanza for punters. Read on for our Liverpool v Real Madrid betting preview and latest odds…

Liverpool v Real Madrid Betting Odds

Real Madrid are currently best odds of 8/11 (1.73) with William Hill to be crowned champions for a third straight year and a 13th European Cup/ Champions League overall, with Liverpool offered at 6/5 (2.20) with bet365 (*odds correct at the time of writing) for a sixth such title.

Can Jurgen Klopp win the big one?

Liverpool v Real Madrid Betting Preview
The game should see a contrast in styles, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool playing on the front foot in their high-octane style, while Real Madrid will rely on the counter-attack and moments of individual brilliance.    

It’s a game in which both teams look far stronger going forward than they do defensively, so there is an expectation of goals. Mohamed Salah could easily exploit the available space behind Marcelo who, for all his attacking qualities, is frequently caught out of position at left-back.  Of course, Real Madrid have a certain Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, a player who is always capable of grabbing a goal against any opposition.

Liverpool are also renowned for their fast starts to games, although they do have a tendency of running out of steam late on occasionally.  Real Madrid seem to have perfected the art of grinding out wins without playing particularly well, as both Juventus and Bayern Munich will testify.

Early Payout Offer 

It might be worth taking advantage of Paddy Power’s 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer here should you fancy Liverpool to prevail, where if you place a pre-match single bet on the ‘Full Time Result’ betting market and the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during the match, Paddy will settle your Champions League bet early as a winner regardless of what may happen. (18+ T&C’s Apply/GambleAware)

Another option is to look at a punt on Liverpool/ Real Madrid on the ‘Half-Time/Full-Time’ betting odds, which could be a popular bet at 22/1 with BetVictor.

You snooze? Don’t lose

Correct Score betting is always a popular option in major finals and you can cover for the possibility of an unlikely grim stalemate by using bet365’s Bore Draw Money Back offer, where if you place a pre-match bet on ANY of Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets and the game finishes 0-0 (after 90 minutes), they will refund your stake if the bet loses.


Bore Draw T&C’s – Refund for any Soccer game that finishes 0-0 at bet365. Applies to losing pre-match bets on any Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets. Bet restrictions and T&Cs apply. New and eligible customers only.


Image credit: By Валерий Дед (Stadium of a final of EURO 2012) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Latest related offers

bet365 Bore Draw Moneyback

Expires: N/A
Available to New and Eligible Customers. 18+ only, Terms and Conditions Apply 

Place a pre-match bet on ANY of bet365’s Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets for ANY Soccer match, and if the game finishes 0-0, your stake will be refunded if your bet loses.

Available to New and Eligible Customers. 18+ only, Terms and Conditions Apply

Place a pre-match bet on ANY of bet365’s Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time or Scorecast markets for ANY Soccer match, and if the game finishes 0-0, your stake will be refunded if your bet loses.

Available to New and Eligible Customers. 18+ only, Terms and Conditions Apply

This offer will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, and the match finishes 0-0, only the remaining active stake will be refunded. If a qualifying bet is edited using the Edit Bet feature prior to kick-off and the match finishes 0-0, only the new stake will be refunded. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the offer will no longer apply.

Bets placed from your Withdrawable Balance will be refunded to your Withdrawable Balance and bets placed with Bet Credits will be refunded as Bet Credits.

T&Cs apply. Only available to new and eligible customers aged 18 or over.

Football Acca Boost – Top European Leagues

Expires: N/A
Available to All Customers. 18+ only, Terms and Conditions Apply 

BOOST YOUR ACCA WINNINGS up to 40% – Place a football acca bet consisting of 4 selections or more on selected leagues and should you win, 138.com will boost your winnings (as 138 free bet bonus tokens) up to a maximum of 40%.

If one selection was void, but you still had four winning selections, you would receive a 10% bonus on your total winnings.  Click on the Details button below for the full T&C’s.

All Customers. 18+ Full T&C’s Apply

BOOST YOUR ACCA WINNINGS up to 40% – Place a football acca bet consisting of 4 selections or more on selected leagues and should you win, 138.com will boost your winnings (as 138 free bet bonus tokens) up to a maximum of 40%.

If one selection was void, but you still had four winning selections, you would receive a 10% bonus on your total winnings.  Click on the Details button below for the full T&C’s.

All Customers. 18+ Full T&C’s Apply

Here’s how much extra you could win:

Bet Type Bonus
4-folds 10% bonus
5-folds 15% bonus
6-folds 20% bonus
7-folds 25% bonus
8-folds 30% bonus
9-folds 35% bonus
10-folds 40% bonus

Qualifying markets:

  • Match Result
  • Both Teams To Score
  • Match Result and Both Teams To Score
  • Over/Under Total Goals, Correct Score
  • Match Result and Over/Under Total Goals
  • Half Time/Full Time and Handicap Match Result

138.com Bonus Acca Boost Terms and Conditions:

• This offer applies to 138.com customers who are at least 18 years of age.

  • Applies to pre-match accumulator bets on English Premier League, FA Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, English Championship, English League 1 and English League 2 football. The games must be played on one weekend, from Friday to Monday, inclusive.
  • Qualifying markets: Match Result, Both Teams To Score, Match Result and Both Teams To Score, Over/Under Total Goals, Correct Score, Match Result and Over/Under Total Goals, Half Time/Full Time and Handicap Match Result. System bets do not qualify for this offer.
  • Maximum bonus amount is £1,000 (or currency equivalent) and bonus amount is applied to winnings only as Bonus Tokens.
  • If any selections are postponed or cancelled after the wager has been placed, then the bonus will still apply to the remaining bets that exclude the postponed or cancelled event.  The percentage bonus added will reflect the actual number of winning selections.• Offer only applies to the first settled winning acca in the promotion window.
  • The Bonus Tokens can only be claimed once your qualifying bets have been settled.
  • Bonus Tokens will be issued within 72 hours of completion.
  • The bonus token will only be valid for 7 days from when the bonus is issued.
  • This promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion run by 138.com.
  • 138.com reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time, for whatever reason and without prior notice.
  • 138.com reserves the right to alter these Terms & Conditions at any time without prior notice.
  • General Bonus Terms and Conditions of 138.com apply.

The following restrictions also apply to all bonuses:

  1. Only one bonus offer per customer, per household, per shared computer and shared IP address unless otherwise stated. 138.com does not allow “Multiple Accounts”. Player account details will be determined by any or all combination of name, mailing address, email address, computer (serial), IP address, payment (deposit/withdrawal) method used and any other form of identification
  2. 138.com reserves the right to withhold any bonuses if believed that the offer has been abused and/or where the terms of the offer are not fulfilled or any irregular betting patterns are found.

iii.  Players already registered are not allowed to register as a new user under another name or email address. If multiple accounts are registered with 138.com, we will cancel the user account and void any bonuses claimed

  1. Restrictions regarding withdrawals may also apply to bonuses. Please refer to the site terms and conditions as well as our Withdrawal Policy (https://global.138.com/en-gb/info/WithdrawalPolicy) for further details
  2. 138.com reserves the right to request any customer to provide sufficient documentation for account verification and for us to be satisfied that we are certain of the identity of the players to whom we are issuing any bonus, bonus token or special promotion.
  3. 138.com is not responsible for the Promotions or content of its partner websites.