Real Madrid are looking to become only the fourth team in Champions League/European Cup history to win the tournament after themselves in the 1950s and Ajax and Bayern Munich in the 1970s.
Opponents Liverpool have surprised many in reaching the final but were comfortable winners over Manchester City and AS Roma in their last two knockout rounds. Many believe the underdogs can go all the way on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane has never been eliminated from the Champions League in his two-and-a-half-year sell in charge of the world football giants and is looking to guide Real Madrid to their fourth title in five seasons.
Real Madrid were narrow winners over both Juventus and Bayern Munich in the previous two rounds whilst finishing runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur in the group stage. They were all but out of the Spanish La Liga title race before Christmas too.
However, Zidane’s side always seem to step up to the plate in this tournament, so we shouldn’t be surprised to see that they are the bookmakers’ favourites in Kiev.
It’s a tough one to call but with Mohamed Salah up against Marcelo and a Real Madrid defence in general that looks shaky, I am expecting a thrilling final with lots of goals. Likewise, I’m not a fan of Liverpool’s defence and Real Madrid are excellent in attack.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco versus the likes of Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold at one end, and Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up the other end of the pitch against Dani Carvajal and Marcelo should give us plenty of goals. Keylor Navas has a howler in him and, although Loris Karius ended the season in good form, the Liverpool goalkeeper hasn’t always been secure.
I can see the final going either way but the certainty is on goals.