Real Madrid Picks: Predictions for the 2022 UEFA Champions League Final, with Liverpool on course for their 14th UCL title

Real Madrid is simply synonymous with the Champions League. With their record 13 titles, this recent version of the team has also been synonymous with the word “return”. You would hardly consider them brave underdogs in previous years, but this time they came out from behind against PSG in the round of 16, Chelsea in the quarter-finals and Manchester City in the semi-finals for a place at final at Stade de France.

in which will be yours third match against Liverpool in the Champions League final, the underdogs know that there is no bigger giant than them in world football. They’ve been here more than any other club, they’ve earned more than any other club and they’re never, ever out of it. La Liga champions by a mile and with the best player in the world in Karim Benzema, Los Blancos defied the odds by getting here, doing so with memorable moments.

Now they are ready to take, once again, what they believe is rightfully theirs.

How to watch and odds

Date: Saturday, May 28 | Time: 15:00 ET
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: Paramount+ (Try it 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: Cristina Unkel
On site: Peter Schmeichel, Jules Breach, Jenny Chiu and Guillem Balagué
Odds: Liverpool +104; Tie +270; Madrid +245 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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Game to watch for Real Madrid

The fast Vinicius Junior vs Trent Alexander-Arnold. Both are players who like to push forward, but Alexander-Arnold pushing too far against the Whites could give Vini Jr. the space he needs to do some real damage. We saw what he could do against Manchester City. He has the technical ability to do the same with this Liverpool team. While the Reds aren’t going to change what they do just for Vinicius’ sake, a plan has to be in place to offer a little more coverage, whether it’s Fabinho sitting a little deeper or something similar. If the Brazilian striker can get time and space on the counterattack past Alexander-Arnold, Real would be well positioned to potentially claim his 14th UCL crown with his ability to link up with Benzema.

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Real Madrid player most likely to score

It’s definitely Karim Benzema. Before facing each other in the quarter-finals last year, Benzema scored four goals in three meetings with Liverpool. Fast forward a year, and he’s probably the best player in the world right now, with the ability to score in every way possible. He’s the reference point in attack, the main penalty taker, and needing just half a second to kick, he’s certainly the most likely and will likely end up scoring this one.

Real Madrid’s Best Choice

Luka Modric has to be the creator in the middle, to get the ball quickly to the outside for the attack, and he will also be looking to zero in on Benzema’s feet and head. He may be 36, but he still is. Everything flows through him, and if Real win, he will be a big reason for that.

forecasts

Departure forecast: The Reds claim their seventh UCL crown, taking revenge on the 2018 final, this time with a competent display in goal and Salah scoring the winning goal with a penalty kick. Choice: Liverpool 2, Real Madrid 1.

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