How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Real 31/20, Atlético 23/10, Draw 23/10 - Bet365.
- First Goalscorer: Ronaldo 4/1, Griezmann 11/2, Benzema 11/2 - BetVictor
- Half Time/Full Time: Real/Real 10/3, Draw/Real 5/1, Draw/Atlético 13/2 - Paddy Power
- Real Madrid arrive in Milan on the back of ten games without defeat in all competitions, nine of which they won. They came through their Champions League semi-final with Manchester City 1-0 on aggregate after two tight games.
- Atlético Madrid have won three of their last five matches, squeezing past Bayern Munich on away goals in the Champions League semi-final.
- Cristiano Ronaldo of Real has scored four in his last two games, taking his total for the season to 51 goals in 49 appearances for club and country. Atlético’s Antoine Griezmann has struck three in the last four games, racking up 33 goals in 58 matches.
Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid finished second and third respectively in La Liga and both will be desperate to forget the disappointment of missing out on domestic honours and beat their neighbours to the most prestigious title in club football.
These occasions tend to be tight affairs and tomorrow’s game should be no different, despite the fact that Real hit the back of the net an extraordinary 110 times during the domestic league season. If you think the fixture could be decided by a single strike, or even head into extra time without the deadlock being broken, William Hill has 2/1 on there being fewer than 1.5 goals.
A goalless first half is a distinct possibility, given the enormity of the occasion, which brings the half time/full time market into play. Paddy Power leads the way with Real at 5/1 to find glory after 90 minutes following a scoreless first 45, whereas Atlético returns 13/2 if you reckon the trophy will be bedecked in red and white ribbons despite a level first half.
Cristiano Ronaldo has had an extraordinary goalscoring season and it is well worth looking at the very generous 9/4 at Ladbrokes on him finding the back of the net and Real winning. Away from the obvious candidate, the same company has Real’s Welsh wizard Gareth Bale at 15/4 in the same market, which seems fair, with Atlético’s Antoine Griezmann a decent 4/1 if you think his side can overcome their bitter rivals.
With so much to play for on Saturday night, whichever way it goes, the Champions League final is set to be a fascinating tussle.
● Sports.net’s top tip: Draw/Real in the Half Time/Full Time market - 5/1 at Paddy Power.