Bet on the UEFA Champions League Final with Bitcoin
What? The 2022 UEFA Champions League Final
Where? Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Paris), France
When? Saturday May 28, 2022. Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Teams involved: Liverpool vs. Real Madrid
Markets available include:
- To Qualify (Lift the trophy)
- Full time result
- Asian Handicap
- Total Goals
- Both teams to score
- Win To Nil
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UEFA Champions League final 2022: The history of the teams
Real Madrid are the most successful club in the history of the Champions League (which prior to 1992 was known as the European Cup), having won the tournament on 13 occasions. Most recently they were victorious in three straight years from 2016 to 2018, and the last time they lost the final was way back in 1981.
But while that match obviously won’t have any bearing here, they will be up against the club who defeated them 41 years ago, and in the same city to boot.
Liverpool are the joint-third most successful club in the history of the competition, with their six titles matching the haul accrued by Bayern Munich. If they are triumphant here, they will move up to joint-second in the all-time standings alongside AC Milan.
The Reds were most recently winners in 2019, defeating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid, and were also in the final the year before but were beaten 3-1 by Madrid.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams and how they reached the final, which will enable us to place an informed bet on the UCL final with crypto at Cloudbet.
Champions League Final 2022: The road to Paris
- Liverpool (1.54 to win the 2022 Champions League. Bet using Bitcoin here)
It’s fair to say Jürgen Klopp’s side had the easier route to the final of the two teams who will be contesting it. When the quarter-final draw was made, the biggest clubs were hoping to draw either Benfica and Villarreal, and Liverpool ended up playing them in the last eight and the semi-final respectively.
The Reds’ hardest knockout tie, at least on paper, was their Round of 16 tussle with the previous Italian champions Inter Milan. But after winning the first leg 2-0 in the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, the 1-0 loss they suffered in the return match did not hamper their progress.
Interestingly they also did better away from home in the quarter-final with Benfica too, as an entertaining 3-3 draw at Anfield followed a comfortable 3-1 victory in Portugal.
As for the semi-final, it was their first European tie for over three years in which they played the first leg at home. Klopp’s side won that 2-0, and although they went two down in the first half of the return match, three goals after the interval ensured they went through 5-2 on aggregate.
- Real Madrid (2.54 to win the 2022 Champions League. Bet using Bitcoin here)
Real Madrid could easily have been knocked out of the competition in each of the last three rounds, but their powers of resilience combined with remarkable goal scoring feats from Karim Benzema have carried them to the 16th final in their illustrious history.
In the round of 16 they were 2-0 down to Paris Saint-Germain with half an hour of the second leg remaining, before Benzema’s hat-trick ensured they overcame that hurdle.
They then faced Chelsea and looked to be cruising after a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Nobody predicted them going three goals down in the second leg though, and they only had 15 minutes in which to recover. But they scored to take it extra time and eventually bagged another to go through.
A quarter of an hour was about all they had to save their semi-final with Manchester City too. And they left it even later, with two Rodrygo goals in stoppage time allowing Benzema to win it from the penalty spot in the extra 30 minutes. They have lived a charmed life this season but is their name on the trophy?
Champions League Final 2022: The head-to-head record
The teams have met eight times in the past, with Real Madrid edging the head-to-head record by four wins to three.
More pertinently, the Spanish side have won two and drawn one of the three meetings since Klopp took charge of Liverpool. However, the Reds can point to their misfortune with injuries which hampered their chances: Mohamed Salah had to go off after 31 minutes in 2018, then their only available center-backs last season were Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips. With a close to fully fit Liverpool squad, we should have a much closer match in Paris.
How to bet on the UEFA Champions League Final
There is no doubt that Liverpool have had the stronger underlying performance of the two teams in Europe this season, even though their records are similar on the surface. Both sides have scored in 11 of their 12 Champions League matches to this point in 2021/22, keeping four clean sheets apiece, and the Reds’ goal difference advantage over Real across the tournament is only three.
However, their shot statistics have been much stronger. Where Liverpool have figures of +120, +45 and +19 for the difference between themselves and their opponents on shots, shots on target and clear-cut chances respectively, Madrid’s numbers are a far less impressive -3, 3 and 0. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been effectively neutral, while the Reds have dominated teams.
That will be in part as they have had a far kinder route through the knockout phase, but they have also become the first team to ever win all six of their away matches in a single Champions League campaign. As much as Anfield is renowned for famous European nights, Liverpool have also excelled on the road this term.
They play in broadly similar fashion to Manchester City, who should really have knocked Real out in the previous round. Across their tie they led the clear-cut chance count by eight to five, but where they missed five of theirs Madrid only squandered one and that proved the difference.
Real have the talent to hurt the Reds too. Vinícius Júnior scored twice when they met in Spain last season, and he will once again look to exploit the space left behind the marauding Trent Alexander-Arnold. Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk should be able to deal with the aerial threat of Benzema, but his other skills will be tougher to stop.
Ancelotti also looks to have Klopp’s number, having restricted Liverpool to one win against his Napoli and Everton sides, despite facing the Reds with each on four occasions. But crucially, Liverpool have their strongest ever squad and as Mohamed Salah noted on social media with reference to the 2018 final, they “have a score to settle.”
- Full Time Result: Liverpool – 1.95
- Both Teams to Score: Yes – 1.63
- Total Goals – Alternative Lines: Over 3.75 – 3.41
- Goalscorer 1: Mohamed Salah – TBC
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