2022 Champions League final pick: Real Madrid v Liverpool game to watch, likely to score, predictions

2022 Champions League final pick: Real Madrid v Liverpool game to watch, likely to score, predictions

The UEFA Champions League Final arrived with Liverpool and Real Madrid meeting at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on Saturday to decide the winners of this year’s Europe. This is not the first time that the duo has met in the Paris region with their 1981 encounter at the Parc des Princes a 1-0 victory for the Reds while their last UCL final ended 3-1 against Los Blancos in Kyiv.

Saturday’s clash sees two of Europe’s heavyweights go head-to-head despite still being an unexpected clash given Manchester City were overwhelming favorites to reach a second straight Champions League final.

We await that team-by-team squad and break down some of the key battles and things to watch out for in the French capital on Saturday.

How to watch and odds

Date: Saturday May 28 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: SCS | Direct: Paramount+ (Try it for free)
Location: Stade de France — Saint-Denis, France
Studio: Kate Abdo, Thierry Henry, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards
Commentators: Clive Tyldesley and Rob Green | Rules specialist: Christina Unkel
On the site: Peter Schmeichel, Jules Breach, Jenny Chiu and Guillem Balagué
Odds: Liverpool +104; Draw +270; Madrid +245 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Game to watch

Liverpool: I developed this further in my bold predictions columnbut it certainly looks like a game where the winner of the battle enters Trent Alexandre-Arnold and Vinicius Junior could lead his team to victory. The latter is statistically the best chance creator in Europe and his blistering pace roasted Liverpool last season. But Alexander-Arnold has improved defensively more than you might think. If he can get into position to shoot crosses in the box, then Madrid will be seriously tested. -James Benge

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Most likely to score

Liverpool: He may have struggled to find the net lately and his record in the final for Liverpool isn’t as spectacular as in most other games (just the penalty in the win over Tottenham three years ago) , but it would really be a bold man who doubted. by Mohammad Salah ability to deliver. The Egyptian has finally gotten the rest he has so rarely had in his side’s recent run of games. Even in half an hour against Wolves, he looked like a reinvigorated force. Add to that the obvious desire to get revenge on Madrid for what happened in Kyiv four years ago and this is perhaps a game where you see the best of Salah. -James Benge

Real Madrid: It’s definitely Karim Benzema. Before reaching the quarter-finals last season, Benzema had scored four goals in three games for Liverpool. Fast forward to today and he is probably the best player in the world right now with an ability to score in every possible way. He is the reference in attack and the main penalty taker. Needing just half a second to strike, he’s surely the most likely and will likely end up finding the net in this one. –Roger Gonzalez

Most likely to keep a clean sheet

Thibaut Courtois and Alisson are two of the best in the business. What will likely separate these two is how reliable their defense is at night. Liverpool’s defense is notorious for its wobbles, but so far in the entire Champions League it is Madrid who have allowed more goals, more goals expected and almost twice as many shots on target. Not once in the round of 16 did Courtois keep a clean sheet; against Europe’s most formidable attack, one would expect it to continue. -James Benge

Choice of man of the match

Liverpool: If Karim Benzema is put down for the first time in this competition, one could argue for Virgil van Dijk. But if recent form is something to continue, then, provided he is fit, Thiago could well be the star that shines the most in the Parisian night. The Spaniard has been one of the standout players in Europe this season and delivered a string of man-of-the-match displays when it mattered most in the Champions League. Against Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, this could be the game where Thiago proves he’s the best of the best. -James Benge

Real Madrid: Luka Modric. He needs to be the creator in the middle, to get the ball out quickly to start the attack, and he will also be looking to focus on Benzema’s feet and header. He may be 36, but he still has it. Everything flows through him, and if Real want to win there will be a huge reason. –Roger Gonzalez

Predictions

Match forecast: It’s hard to get rid of the feeling that Madrid have used up their nine lives to get this far and that Liverpool, who seem to be the most comfortable on the biggest occasions, won’t crumble under the pressure like the did PSG and Manchester City. I back them to win quite comfortably, 3-1 to be precise.

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