When is the Champions League final 2018? Venue, tickets, betting odds and everything you need to know


The greatest club competition in football is back on our screens, as the remaining hopefuls get set to battle in out in the Champions League knockout stages.

Thirty two clubs have been whittled down to 16, as the road to the final starts to gather some real momentum.

Teams from nine separate nations compete in the first knockout round, but only eight sides can reach the quarter-finals, with only one able to lift the trophy.

As ever, the tournament’s final is set to be the showpiece event that brings the season to a close.

But when is the final? Here are all the details…

When is it?

The Champions League final is due to be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

As usual, the match will be the last game in the regular season for most of the countries involved, with the majority of domestic action culminating the week before.

It also gives any of the finalists just under three weeks to prepare for this summers FIFA World Cup should they be involved with their respective countries.

Real Madrid are going for three in a row

Where will it be held?

Ukraine is the destination of this year’s final, with the match set to take place at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev.

It is the home stadium of the Ukraine national team, and club side Dynamo Kiev .

Any hopes of Kiev lifting the trophy for the first time ever were dashed back in the qualifying rounds though, as they failed to make the group stage.

League rivals Shakhtar Donetsk are still in the competition however, with a last-16 tie with Italian side Roma still to navigate.

It would be fitting for them to progress further on home soil, as it would make them the first Ukrainian side to not only reach the final, but to win the competition too.

Tickets

It’s one of footballs hottest tickets in town.

So if you’re fortunate enough to have your hands on one already, you can count yourself lucky.

Both clubs that reach the final will receive their own quota of tickets to disperse however they see fit once they know they’ll be playing in Kiev.

The good news is there are already some on sale at Live Football Tickets , but the bad news is that they’ll cost you a small fortune.

Better get saving!

Jurgen Klopp could lead Liverpool to glory

Betting odds

Real Madrid, who beat Bayern Munich to reach the final, are the favourites to win a third trophy in a row and a fourth in five years.

Liverpool are the second and third favourites Roma are the outsiders.

*Odds are correct at the time of publishing. Please remember to gamble responsibly.

What happened last year?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid are bidding to win a third successive trophy

History was made in last seasons final, as Real Madrid became the first side to retain the trophy in it’s new Champions League format.

In a repeat of the 1998 final, the Spanish giants faced off with Italian champions Juventus at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

With Madrid competing their third Champions League final in four years, they were no strangers to the big occasion, and took the lead.

Cristiano Ronaldo put them in front after just 20 minutes, but a superb equalising goal from Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic meant the scores were all square at half time.

Despite a fairly even first 45 minutes of football, the game didn’t stay that way.

Ronaldo restored Real’s lead with his second, before goals from Casemiro and Marco Asensio meant Madrid ruled supreme again.



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