Its either “La Decima” or an historic double as the city of Madrid goes to war in Benfica's “A Catedral” of football and we have some free Champions League Final betting tips.
In one of the most appetizing Champions League Finals in years the freshly crowned La Liga champions Atletico Madrid take on rivals Real Madrid, the most successful club in European history.
The two Madrids have played each other four times this season. Atletico won the first league game 1-0 and the second league game was a 2-2. Sandwiched between those results though were 3-0 and 2-0 wins for Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey semi-finals
Who will win the big one though?
The bookies make Real Madrid clear favourites with a Real victory coming in at 10/11 with Skybet. A draw is 12/5 with bet365 and an Atletico victory is 3/1 with bet365.
I can understand why Real Madrid are favourites. Ancelotti has confirmed that both Bale and Ronaldo are going to be playing at the weekend. In contrast Atletico star Diego Costa looks like a huge doubt to be either available or anything approaching match fit. He limped out of the league title showdown after 14 minutes and has flown to Belgrade for advanced placenta treatment on his hamstring tear.
With Atletico's main goalscoring threat gone/far from match fitness you can understand why Real are favourites.
At 10/11 though they are far too short or to be more accurate the odds underestimate just what a great side Atletico Madrid are. Plus I reckon Real are shorter then evens based off their historical reputation and what the bookie's think people know about Spanish football.
Don't get suckered into betting on past history. At 3/1 in a one off game Atletico are too good a bet to ignore.
In winning La Liga Atletico have shown the quality and fortitude to win in variety of ways.
Ideally, Atletico like to sit back soak up pressure before hitting teams on the counter-attack. The final is perfectly set up for this gameplan.
Atletico showed against Barcelona last week though that they are no Chelsea however. One goal does not put the game beyond them. They are more than capable of coming back from a goal down. I can easily see Real Madrid taking the lead early on and then getting more and more nervous as Atletico probe their far from watertight defense. Atletico to come from behind to win is 14/1 with Bet365.
If you fancy Real to win however, it is a strong bet that said victory will be accompanied by at least one goal from Ronaldo. Ronaldo to score and Real to win in 90 minutes is 2/1 on William Hill.
Lastly, as it is bound to be a close final I wouldn't against the final being decided on penalties. In fact I am going to bet on it. Atletico to win on penalties is 11/1 on Bet365 and Real to win on penalties is available at the same price with the same provider.
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips
Atletico to win – Bet Here at 3/1 with Bet365
Atletico to come from behind to win – Bet Here at 14/1 with Bet365
Ronaldo to score and Real to win in 90 minutes – Bet Here at 2/1 with William Hill
Atletico to win on penalties – Bet Here at 11/1 with Bet365
Real Madrid to Win on Penalties – Bet Here at 11/1 with Bet365
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