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Liverpool fell just short in the Premier League title race last weekend, with Manchester City’s three goals in five minutes against Aston Villa landing a fourth title in five years.
With dreams of an unprecedented quadruple in tatters, Jurgen Klopp’s men will dust themselves down and go for trophy No.3 of the campaign in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on Saturday night, with the Reds having already won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup.
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Who will come out on top and where are the value markets? Our trusty team of traders have dug out some special bets ahead of the final – and we’ve picked out the best of the bunch below.
If you so wish, you can head over to our Liverpool v Real Madrid – #WhatOddsPaddy section for the whole lot.
First things first: who is going to actually take to the turf? There’s markets available on Liverpool’s line-up so you could pocket some cash before a ball is even kicked.
Virgil van Dijk looks likely to return to the starting XI after missing their Premier League clash with Wolves but who will partner him in the back four?
Ibrahima Konate was at fault for Wolves’ opener in Sunday’s 3-1 win at Anfield, but has been a regular in Europe all season. Will he or the experienced and dependable Joel Matip get the nod? Paddy’s traders are offering prices on the race to get a start.
Klopp also has midfield issues, with Thiago facing a race against time to be fit after picking up a knock last weekend. Will the German turn to James Milner or Curtis Jones in his starting trio?
Liverpool of course faced Real in the 2018 Champions League final, with the Spanish side winning 3-1 in Kiev. With the final poised at 1-1, Gareth Bale was brought on in the 61st minute, and netted twice in 22 minutes – including THAT bicycle kick – to guide Real to their 13th European Cup/Champions League.
And there could be value in history repeating itself, if any Real Madrid substitute scores in normal time..
Real overcame Manchester City in the semi-finals this season after 90th and 91st minute goals from Rodrygo sent the tie to extra time, where Karim Benzema went on to net the winner.
The Spanish side left it late to beat Chelsea in the round before, so have a taste for late goals and Paddy’s traders have priced up Real to score after minute 89:00 in normal time and Rodrygo to score after minute 80:00 in normal time (bets are void if the selection is not playing at minute 80:00).
Just in case you’re feeling brave – or you recently picked up a crystal ball at a car boot sale – we’ve got you covered.
A repeat of the stunning comeback against City of Real Madrid to score 2+ goals after minute 89:00 in normal time is a mighty double figure price.
Benzema has been Madrid’s main man this season, with the Frenchman netting a whopping 44 goals in all competitions.
He bagged against Chelsea and City and he’ll be confident of continuing that streak vs English sides and scoring in the final just like he did against Liverpool back in 2018.
And Paddy’s traders are offering a market on Benzema to score a header & win UEFA’s Man of the Match award.
Saturday’s final could be a tight affair, with a set-piece all that seperates the two sides.
In Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool have one of the best dead-ball specialists in the world and the Reds right-back has plenty of form for delivering in the biggest games.
Alexander-Arnold to score a direct free kick & win UEFA’s Man of the Match could be a savvy punt for fans of the England man.
Of course, Liverpool’s most-famous Champions League moment was their stunning comeback against AC Milan in 2005.
If you fancy a repeat of the Miracle of Istanbul, Paddy’s traders have priced up Liverpool to be be 3-0 down, the full time score to be 3-3 & Liverpool to win on penalties.
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