By Ian Palmer
We’re all set. After tear gas, violence, crazy comebacks and heart-stopping upsets, the Champions League final is here.
Liverpool plays Real Madrid in Ukraine May 26. Real took care of German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate following a 2-2 home draw and 2-1 triumph in Germany. Meanwhile, Liverpool sneaked past Roma 7-6 after a 4-2 defeat in Rome and 5-2 victory at Anfield.
Let’s talk odds
Real Madrid is a slight favorite, as the bet365 odds indicated May 3. Real Madrid is favored to win the game 5/4 with Liverpool 2/1 and a 90-minute draw at 13/5.*
The contest will go to 30 minutes of extra time if level and then decided by penalty kicks if needed.
Real will be gunning for a record 13th European crown and third title in a row, while Liverpool is chasing down their sixth continental championship.
There are dozens of other bet365 wagers available on the game, such as correct result, first team to score, time of the first goal, total goals and anytime goalscorer.
From an historical perspective, the two sides met in the classic 1980-81 final with Liverpool downing Real Madrid 1-0 in Paris.
*The odds were correct at the time of publishing.