This could be the highest-scoring Champions League Final we have seen in quite some time. The two semifinal ties had a combined 20 goals in them, the most we have ever seen in the Champions League. Both Real Madrid and Liverpool are going to want to play an open match. Unlike in seasons past where one of the two teams in the final relied on its defense, Real Madrid and Liverpool both are going to want to score. That means we might have the highest-scoring final since Liverpool bested AC Milan in 2005.
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Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
Date and Time: May 26, 2018, 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv, Ukraine
Television Coverage: FOX
Betting Line: Real Madrid PK and -0.5, O/U 3 and 3.5
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These are two of the most storied clubs in Europe. Liverpool has more European championships than any other English team and is tied for the third-most all-time. This club has five European titles to its name, with four of the five coming in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A win would put them one behind AC Milan for the second-most all-time.
Even with a win, Liverpool would only have half the European titles of Real Madrid. Real Madrid have been the kings of Europe this decade, winning the title in three of the last four years. They won the first five Champions League titles and have 12 total. The club is 6-0 in their last six finals appearances.
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Path to the final
Liverpool has been the highest-scoring team during this Champions League campaign. The Reds poured in 23 goals in the group stage, leading to them grabbing the top spot. They followed that up by hammering Porto and Manchester City over the next couple months and looked to do the same against Roma. Roma had other ideas though, nearly erasing a five-goal deficit. It would have been the greatest comeback ever, but it ended up falling just short.
Real Madrid was not as dominant on their way to the final, but the Spanish giants had a much more difficult path. After finishing second in their group, they were paired with Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16. Real Madrid was able to get past PSG, but then they were matched against two other teams that are going to win their domestic leagues this season. Juventus and Bayern Munich nearly came back from first leg deficits to beat Real Madrid, but both comeback bids came up a bit short.
In the coming weeks, we will find out more on the injury front. Right now though, it looks like Liverpool will only definitively be without two players. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip are long-term injuries and neither player will be healthy for this match.
However, Jurgen Klopp might have everyone else available. Right back Joe Gomez is expected to return to action this weekend and both Emre Can and Adam Lallana are expected to be available. Lallana is very unlikely to play, even if healthy, but Can and Gomez may be factors upon their return. Klopp would certainly like to have both players available.
Things are somewhat better for Real Madrid on this front, but we are still three weeks away from the final. Right back Dani Carvajal is currently dealing with a hamstring injury, yet he is likely to be back in time for this one unless he suffers a setback. Currently, midfielder Isco and central defender Raphael Varane are injured as well. All three are usually featured in the starting eleven and Real Madrid needs to have both backs healthy. They have not been solid at the back this year.
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