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Real Madrid fancied to make it three-in-row against Liverpool

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Real Madrid face Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 aiming to win the trophy for the third successive year. The La Liga club beat Bayern Munich in the last four to advance to the final, while Liverpool defeated Roma to book their spot.

The Reds are chasing a sixth success in Europe's top club competition, but Madrid are likely to provide a stiff test in the final.

 

The two sides' most recent meetings came in the group stage during the 2014/15 season. Madrid won 3-0 at Anfield and 1-0 at home.

Bookmakers make Zinedine Zidane's side slight favourites in the online betting market at odds of 4/6 to defend their crown, with Liverpool on offer at 11/10.

Madrid finished second behind Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage, leaving themselves a tough route to navigate to the final.

The Spanish club have defeated Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern to reach Saturday's showdown, although they have had a scare or two along the way.

Their 3-1 defeat at home to Juventus in the quarter-finals showed that they can be vulnerable, yet they still found a way to win on aggregate and their experience in this competition should stand them in good stead.

Liverpool haven't won the Champions League for 13 years and their wait to claim Europe's top prize is likely to go on a little while longer yet.

Their road to the final began against Hoffenheim back in August, with the Reds securing a 6-3 aggregate success in a play-off for the group stage.

They got off to a shaky start in Group E, drawing with Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, although two victories over Slovenian side Maribor put them in a good position to qualify for the knockout stage.

A second-half collapse at Sevilla - where Liverpool blew a 3-0 lead - put pressure on their final group game, but a 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow saw the Anfield outfit comfortably progress into the round of 16.

The Reds started the knockout phase with a 5-0 victory at Porto, before a dull 0-0 draw at home moved them into the last eight.

Liverpool drew Premier League rivalsManchester City in the quarter-finals and they produced two solid performances to win 5-1 on aggregate.

A 5-2 victory over Roma in the first leg of the semi-final set them up nicely for the return game in Italy and two early goals in the return game appeared to have ended the tie.

However, Roma battled back to reduce the deficit to one late in the second half, but Liverpool clung on to book their place in Kiev.

Jurgen Klopp's side have done well to reach the final, but Madrid represent a significant step up in class from most of the teams they've faced in this season's competition and they are fancied to lift the trophy.