CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL: BETTING PREVIEW

The UEFA Champions League Final will take place this Sunday at Portugal’s Estadio da Luz. Two of Europe’s biggest teams collide for their chance to steal the headlines and win football’s ultimate club prize.

Join us as we preview the final game of the competition and give you some of the most exciting betting options for the 19/20 Champions League Final.

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Paris Saint-Germain

Having fulfilled all of their domestic obligations, Paris Saint-Germain enter the Champions League Final with the monumental possibility of securing their fourth trophy of the season.

Although a convincing 3-0 scoreline against RB Leipzig earlier this week helped secure their spot in the UCL final, the competition has by no means been an easy undertaking for PSG. 

After topping a group that included Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray, the Parisians left their first round of 16 game wounded, suffering their first defeat (2-1) at the hands of Dortmund. From then on it was victory after victory for Tuchel’s men. Goals from Neymar and Velasco saw PSG past their German opposition, while Marquinhos and Choupo-Moting both left it late to overturn a 1-0 loss against Atalanta in the quarter-finals.

Against Bayern Munich, PSG will undoubtedly rely on their frightening attacking force of Neymar at 7/5 (2.40) to score anytime, Kylian Mbappé at 11/10 (2.10), and Angel Di Maria at 11/4 (3.75), to launch deadly counter-attacks through their incredible speed and sensational skills. At the other end of the pitch, Thiago Silva will captain the squad and once again lead the defence, in what could be the Brazilian’s last game with the French champions.

Bayern Munich

It’s been nothing but handing out thrashings for the German champions in a run that has positioned them to fight for their sixth UEFA Champions League trophy.

After smashing through the group stages with a perfect 6-0-0 record against Tottenham, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich easily brushed aside Chelsea in the round of 16, before completely dismantling Barcelona in a historic 8-2 victory. A convincing 3-0 win in the semi-finals earlier this week ended the Lyon fairytale run and gave the Bavarians their well-deserved entry into the final.

The German machine certainly looks capable of overpowering any opposition they face, and everything seems set for Robert Lewandowski to complete a fantastic record of scoring in every single match during the tournament. The chances of FC Bayern’s talismanic Polish striker getting on the score sheet are calculated at 4/7 (1.57).

Although the German champions are backed by an imperious record of 28 unbeaten games, PSG will present a threat. With the two most expensive signings in world football leading the line, the threat of goals from PSG is real. FC Bayern will need to be disciplined at the back to avoid a goal fest that could see the final run away from them.


PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN VS BAYERN MUNICH: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Bayern Munich come out as favourites at 10/9 (2.11) to win, within the 90 minutes, while Paris Saint-Germain measure up at 11/5 (3.20). With both teams fielding some of the best attacking talent on the planet, why not wager on total goals over 3.5 at 19/20 (1.95)?


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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS: BETTING PREVIEW

The knockout phase of the Champions continues this week with excitement for the quarter-finals spreading across the continent. This year’s competition has a unique format, with all ties played in Portugal over a single leg, making for some interesting Champions League quarter-finals betting options.

Paris Saint-Germain take on Atalanta this Wednesday at the Estadio da Luz, while Atletico Madrid and RB Leipzig travel to the Lisbon’s Estadio Jose Alvalade for their one-legged showdown.

Join us this week as we give you a rundown of everything you need to know and provide you with some exciting Champions League betting options for the upcoming fixtures. 

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Atalanta

Few would have believed that Atalanta would make the final eight having lost their first three fixtures in the competition.  Manager Gian Piero Gasperini has seen his men exceed public expectation with an exciting brand of football that has not only secured a third-place finish in Serie A, but also granted entry amongst Europe’s final-eight Champions League contenders. 

The effectiveness of Atalanta’s strikeforce could make the difference for their fixture against the French champions. With an incredible tally of 98 goals in Serie A, this Atalanta team is known for demolishing their opposition – scoring over three goals in each of their last three champions league matches.

Recent news from Italy suggests that Josip Ilicic will not be available for selection with the Slovenian granted time off to deal with a personal issue. Having scored 21 goals this season, the loss of Ilicic could prove fatal for Gasperini’s European aspirations. All eyes will now be on Alejandro Gomez, the midfielder widely considered the primary creative force behind Atalanta’s free-flowing attack.

Paris Saint-Germain

Awarded the Ligue 1 title after Covid-19 caused an early halt to the French season, Paris Saint-Germain have completed another domestic quadruple. Having completed all their other goals for the season, the French outfit can now focus entirely on the one competition which continues to elude them – the Champions League.

Considered one of the favourites to win the competition, Paris Saint-Germain secured their place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016 with a 3-2 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund. With the promise of Champions League glory just over the horizon, the Parisians now look to overcome a strong Atalanta side and progress to the semi-finals.

Having suffered a nasty ankle injury against Lyon in their League Cup final victory, Kylian Mbappe remains a major doubt and will likely not feature, while Angel Di Maria is also ruled out due to suspension. PSG fans will put the responsibility of a win on the shoulders of Mauro Icardi, with the Argentinian scoring six times in his last five appearances against Atalanta for his former club Inter Milan.

ATALANTA VS PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Paris Saint-Germain come out as favourites, at 34/33 (2.03) to win, while Atalanta measure up at 12/5 (3.40). Mauro Icardi is a good shout for Champions League quarter-finals betting at 6/5 (2.20) to score this Wednesday.


RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig impressed many in the footballing world after sweeping aside last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, in the round of 16. Having already assured their return into the competition next season, courtesy of their third-place finish in the Bundesliga, the Red Bulls now look to take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side this Thursday.

Not many would contest the fact that RB Leipzig go into their fixture widely considered the underdogs, mainly due to the fact that their top goalscorer, Timo Werner, opted to join Chelsea before the end of their Champions League campaign.

Julian Nagelsmann will, however, still see this as a chance for his side to create some history of their own. Assured by the quality of his team, the German manager will look towards his young guns to step up and carve a path into the semi-finals.

Atletico Madrid

Atleti dumped the reigning champions from the competition in the previous round and now take on RB Leipzig for their chance to secure a semi-final spot.

Unbeaten in their last 18 matches, having conceded just 27 goals in 38 La Liga games, Atletico Madrid have proved that they are a team built on a solid defensive foundation – difficult to break down and even harder to beat.

History is also on their side, with Los Rojiblancos having always progressed against Bundesliga sides in the knockout stages of the Champions League (versus Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 and Bayern Munich in 2016). Diego Simeone’s men cannot rely on history though, as their opponents have made a habit of disrupting the established order.

RB LEIPZIG VS ATLETICO MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Favourites Atletico Madrid are calculated at 7/5 (2.40) to win, with RB Leipzig sporting odds of 9/4 (3.25).


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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING PREVIEW: ROUND OF 16

After a 149-day wait, Champions League betting returns with huge fixtures among European football’s elite. Manchester City take on Real Madrid at the Etihad, while Juventus look to overturn Lyon at the Allianz Stadium. 

With some of the greatest teams in the world set to lock horns, join us as we analyse exciting betting options for second leg fixtures of the round of 16.

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Juventus

Juventus have once again established themselves as the dominant force in Italian football, ending the season with their ninth Serie A Scudetto in a row. Although they finished their campaign just one point above their nearest rivals, Juventus found the time to rest key players during their final fixtures – with their attention already fixed on the Champions League.

The Bianconeri head into their Friday fixture in desperate need of goals; their 1-0 away loss in the first leg left them bloodied but not yet beaten. Having shown no signs of slowing down, Cristiano Ronaldo will lead the line and look to add to his already impressive tally of 35 goals, with his chances of scoring calculated at 7/12 (1.58).

Sarri’s men will take nothing for granted this Friday, but they can take confidence from their incredible win record at home which has solidified their reputation as an exceptional team and established the Allianz Stadium as a fortress.

Lyon

Lyon attained their first-ever victory over the Italian champions last February courtesy of a left-footed effort by Lucas Tousart – upsetting the pre-match predictions and stunning both fans and pundits alike.

With the Ligue 1 season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Les Gones have enjoyed a long break which has allowed attacking talismans Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide to recover from long-term knee injuries and possibly make the starting lineup this Friday.

Knowing that a clean sheet will see them through, but an away goal could make all the difference, Rudi Garcia may set his team up similarly to their Coupe de la Ligue final blueprint from last week. Having withstood a Paris Saint-Germain onslaught for 120 minutes, Lyon may look to emulate their counter-attacking strategy against the Italian champs and make use of their fast-breaking strikeforce to possibly clinch a historic result.

JUVENTUS VS LYON: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

Juventus come out as strong favourites, at 3/7 (1.43) to win, while Lyon sport odds of 33/5 (7.60) to once again upset the Italian champions.


Manchester City

Although they have secured silverware in the EFL Cup, disappointment in the Premier League and FA Cup has left Manchester City looking towards the Champions League as a way to finish their season with a bang.

The Citizens go into their fixture this Friday with a 2-1 advantage, having dismantled Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium – courtesy of goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne. City will face an entirely different beast this Friday, with the freshly-crowned La Liga champions the form team in Europe (alongside Bayern Munich) since the resumption of domestic action. Guardiola will be focused on shoring up a defence which has been guilty of costly errors on several occasions this season.

With Sergio Aguero’s ruled out of participation this Friday due to a knee injury, the pressure will be on Gabriel Jesus to deliver the goods at 10/11 (1.91) and see his side past the Spanish champions.

Real Madrid

Almost five months have passed since this fixture was initially due to take place; the Real Madrid team that visits the Etihad now is a different proposition to that from the first leg.

A disappointing 2-1 loss at home, which also saw the red card dismissal of their talismanic captain Sergio Ramos, haunts fans of Los Blancos. However, hope remains in the form of Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois who have both been vital in Real Madrid’s post-lockdown resurgence, leading their team from the back and front respectively.

Real Madrid will head into their fixture with the weight of their prestigious Champions League history heavy upon their shoulders. With their players knowing exactly what is expected when they put on the white shirt and represent Los Blancos, anything but a win for Zidane’s team will be deemed unacceptable.

MANCHESTER CITY VS REAL MADRID: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING ODDS

As the home team, Manchester City are favourites, at 5/7 (1.71), to go on and win, with Real Madrid’s chances measured at 67/20 (4.35).


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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Preview

On Saturday in Madrid, Tottenham will face Liverpool in an all-English match-up, as they compete in the biggest game in club football, the UEFA Champions League final.  

This game signifies a huge moment for English football, cementing the Premier League as the dominant force in Europe, capable of sweeping all European competition before it. Because this is the first time in history that both major European finals – Europa League and Champions League – have been contested by four teams from the same nation. This all-English Champions League final – the second in the competition’s history and the first since 2008 when Chelsea were defeated on penalties by Manchester United – also signifies the end of the Spanish era, with either Barcelona or Real Madrid having won the last five finals.

Tottenham Hotspur

Making their first ever appearance in the final, Tottenham are the eighth English club to appear in the fixture; giving England more finalists than any other country – Italy and Germany are next on the list with six each. While the fixture represents a changing of the guard in terms of nationality, Spurs also represent a change in terms of the established elite of European football. They are the 40th club to reach the final, and the first newcomers since Chelsea in 2008. Triumph, and Spurs would become the 23rd side to win the European Cup and the first new name on the trophy since Chelsea’s 2012 victory.

Tottenham’s progress to the final has been dramatic, to say the least! The quarter-finals saw bundles of drama and away goals victory over Premier League Champions Manchester City. But somehow, the semi-final was even more epic, with Spurs becoming only the second team in UEFA Champions League history to recover from losing the home first leg in a semi-final, turning around a 1-0 defeat by Ajax in north London with a 3-2 success in Amsterdam. Lucas Moura was the hero on the night, scoring both a hat-trick and the injury-time winner to send Pochettino’s men through.

Liverpool

Unlike Spurs, Liverpool are no strangers to Champions League finals, having reached eight in their history and four since the turn of the century. Last years losing finalists, The Reds have an English record five European Cups in the Anfield trophy cabinet and will be hoping to go one better than last year. Liverpool lost their best player Mohamed Salah early in the game and suffered multiple blunders from goalkeeper Loris Karius in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.

This season’s side is a different proposition though. In almost any other year, they’d have been runaway Premier League champions. Unfortunately for Liverpool, though, they finished second to an outstanding Manchester City side. So, this represents the only chance of silverware left for Jurgen Klopp’s team, who reached the final with an epic semi-final comeback story of their own; following up a strange 3-0 defeat at the Nou Camp with a resounding 4-0 thumping at Anfield of Lionel Messi’s Barcelona.

TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOL: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL BETTING ODDS

Given their form this season and their history in European competition, it’s no surprise that Liverpool are favourites to lift the European Cup for a sixth time, at odds of 4/9 (1.44). Despite their dramatic progression through the knockout rounds, Spurs are 9/5 (2.80) to win the trophy for the first time.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting Tips

Liverpool go into this fixture having been by far the dominant force domestically this season. In the Premier League, they finished 26 points ahead of the team from North London and beat Spurs 2-1 home and away. Since 2016 the sides have faced each other eight times, with Liverpool winning four games, drawing three and losing only once to Poch’s men.

Liverpool also have a great record against English sides in European competition and are unbeaten in their last five against domestic rivals. However, Spurs, because of their intense style of play, always present a tough proposition for Liverpool and are arguably the most difficult domestic opposition The Reds face outside of Manchester City. Spurs also hope to have talisman Harry Kane back in the line-up following injury. So why not back the fairytale to continue, and bet on Spurs to win and both teams to score at 28/5 (6.60)?

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Ajax vs Tottenham Hotspur Betting Preview

On Wednesday night, Spurs visit the Johan Cruyff Arena to play Ajax, hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit and advance to the Champions League final.

 

Of the 17 sides who have lost the home first leg of a semi-final in the UEFA Champions League era, only one has recovered to win on aggregate – Ajax themselves, against Panathinaikos in 1995/96. Such is the size of the task facing Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side if they hope to advance to the Champions League final for the first time in their history.

Ajax

Ajax followed up last week’s comprehensive victory in London with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Willem II on Sunday to win their first Dutch Cup since 2010. The Amsterdammers go into this tie in high spirits, riding the wave of an unexpected surge through European football’s premier competition and on a run that has seen them gain away victories in Spain and Italy, ousting holders Real Madrid and Italian champions Juventus in the process.

May 22, 1996, Champions Cup, Juventus 1-Ajax Amsterdam 1

While Ajax have a proud European history and a great record in European semi-final ties, with six victories and two defeats, those defeats have come in their past two appearances. And their last appearance was back in 1997. This fixture is, therefore, unchartered territory for many at the club, especially the young playing squad that has now scored 165 goals in all competitions in 2018/19.

 

 Tottenham Hotspur

At the current time, Spurs – who have suffered defeat on 19 occasions this season – could be considered the polar opposite of Ajax. Out of form (one win from six games, seven losses in their last 11 games) and blunt in front of goal (one goal in five games), Spurs have slumped since overcoming Manchester City in the previous round. Their qualification for next year’s tournament having been aided by the complete lack of form of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Spurs have one boost coming into this fixture; the return from suspension of the man who scored three goals in the previous round (and got himself sent off at the weekend against Bournemouth in the Premier League) Heung-Min Son. With talisman Harry Kane injured, all hopes of advancing to the final will fall on the South Korean superstar who’s emerged as a key player for the London side this season.

AJAX VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ODDS AT ENERGYBET

Ajax head into this massive Champions League semi-final clash as favourites for victory at 9/8 (2.13). Given their recent form, it’s no surprise that Spurs are outsiders at 23/10 (3.30).

Ajax vs Spurs betting tips

Sure, Ajax are favourites and have lost only once during their marathon of European fixtures this season. BUT, that loss did come on home turf against Real Madrid and Ajax have not won any of their last seven home UEFA Champions League knockout phase matches (D4 L3).

Spurs are unbeaten in their last four visits to the Netherlands, have the memory of their dramatic tie against Man City to draw from and have nothing else to play for this season. This is their chance to make history and reach the club’s first ever European Cup final. We believe they’ll be fighting for their lives and we’re hoping for more knockout drama, so we’re backing Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals at 7/2 (4.50).

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of going to print.

Barcelona vs Liverpool Betting Preview

On Wednesday night, Liverpool visit Camp Nou to play Barcelona in the glamour tie of the Champions League semi-final stage.

 

Barcelona and Liverpool are European football royalty and head into this contest level on 5 European Cups apiece. With the top scorer across all European leagues – Lionel Messi – turning out for the Catalans, and the top two scorers in the Premier League – Salah and Mane – leading the attack for the redmen, 0-0 looks an unlikely result.

Barcelona

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool, Barcelona were able to put their league campaign to bed with a 1-0 victory over Levante; securing their 26th La Liga title in the process thanks to a goal from second-half substitute Lionel Messi.

Winning another La Liga title will not be enough to classify this season as a success for the Catalans. This is, after all, their fourth Spanish title in five years and Messi’s 10th overall. The La Liga title is almost expected. To attain true glory, Barca must succeed in completing a treble: La Liga, Copa del Rey, and a first Champions League title since 2015 (the last time they reached the final). Central to Barcelona’s success will be, as ever, Lionel Messi.

Liverpool

Much like Barcelona, Liverpool are chasing success on two fronts. Unlike Barca, one of those fronts is their domestic league. Any other year, this Liverpool side’s Premier League record (only one loss and already taken over 90 points with two games remaining) would be lauded as one of the best in recent years. Unfortunately for Liverpool, they still train an outstanding Manchester City side.

Have no doubts, Liverpool are the side that Barcelona would least have liked to face in the competition. With away victories in the last two rounds, the reds have proved they can travel abroad and upset the hosts on their own turf. And while Mohamed Salah once again top’s the goalscoring chart in the Premier League, this Liverpool side is built on much firmer foundations than the side that lost last year’s final against Real Madrid. With PFA Player of the Year Virgil Van Dijk marshalling the defence and Brazil no.1 Alisson Becker between the sticks, Liverpool stand a better chance than most at shutting out Messi.

BARCELONA VS LIVERPOOL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ODDS AT ENERGYBET

Barcelona head into this massive Champions League semi-final clash at Camp Nou as favourites for victory at 7/8 (1.87). But Liverpool shouldn’t be underestimated given their recent form – 10 victories in a row in all competitions – and will fancy their chances despite odds of 31/10 (4.10) for the win.

Barcelona vs Liverpool betting tips

Given the European pedigree of both clubs, it’s a little surprising that Barcelona and Liverpool have faced each other on only eight occasions. Liverpool have been the dominant force in these fixtures, winning three (two at Camp Nou) and drawing two of the matches played. Barcelona have never knocked Liverpool out of a European competition, losing the tie courtesy of away goals the last time the sides met – a round of 16 Champions League fixture in 2007.

With their high-intensity football and goal-scoring threat, Liverpool have every chance of taking a second consecutive Champions League victory at the home of Barcelona. But, even with the colossus that is Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of their defence, keeping Lionel Messi at bay for the entire game seems like too tough a task. That’s why we’d back Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 26/5 (6.20).

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Champions League Final

Real Madrid are in search of a third Champions League Final win in a row and a record breaking 13th win in Europe’s top competition. For Liverpool, it’s a chance to make it a 6th win and first under Jurgen Klopp.

For 90 minute betting on the big match, a £20 on Real Madrid to win returns £45 and £20 on Liverpool to win nets £60

Let’s look at special markets to find some value bets.

Liverpool have scored 40 goals in the Champions League this season and with fire power of Salah, Mane and Firmino it’s 5/1 (6.0) that Liverpool win the match and over 3.5 goals in the match.

With Real Madrid’s players already used to the Final stage and Ronaldo ready to shine again, we have a price of 23/10 (3.30) that Real Madrid win and both teams to score in the match

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Anfield roar to give Liverpool lead in semi-final 1st leg

We’ve priced up many Champions League semi-final 1st leg specials including 43/20 Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals in the match and if you think Liverpool’s name is on the trophy then its 9/4 that Liverpool win the Champions League.

In the other semi-final Ronaldo will be out to shine on the big stage yet again as Real Madrid head to Munich. A £20 stake on Real Madrid winning the first leg nets you £71.

Arsenal face Atletico Madrid and Antoine Griezmann in Europa League semi-final first leg and will need a big lead to head into 2nd leg with their shaky defence. Our specials include 4/1 Arsenal to win first leg and both teams to score.

Good luck with your bets!

It’s the turn of Man Utd and Chelsea in Champions League

Man Utd v Sevilla: After David De Gea came to Man Utd’s rescue once again in the first leg, can the attacking players Lukaku, Pogba and Rashford settle home nerves and score the goals to secure a win?

£20 on Man Utd to win and both teams to score returns £76 & £20 on Man Utd to win and over 3.5 goals nets £100. Find these bets in the specials section in full list of match markets.

Barcelona v Chelsea: Barcelona sit top of La Liga and with Messi in top form having net the equaliser in the first leg and the winner in the League match v Atletico Madrid, he will be looking to score again and compound the misery on Conte. £20 on Barcelona to win and over 3.5 goals returns £61.

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Tottenham Destroy Real Madrid

Two goal Dele Ali gives European Masterclass

Following Tottenham’s 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid, superlatives have been thrown around like confetti. Superb, awesome, history making. Whichever way you want to describe it, it was a jolly fine performance from a Tottenham side that oozed class and confidence.

All through the game, former Manchester United star, Ronaldo looked in total anguish as Tottenham tore them apart. Real Madrid only really got going in the last ten minutes when Ronaldo pulled one back for the visitors, but by then it was far too late.

Dele Ali gave a truly world class performance and thoroughly deserved his two goals (even though one was a massive deflection) and totally outshone Real Madrid’s talisman, Ronaldo. Harry Kane too, although failing to get on the score sheet had a massive impact on the game. Both players were watched wistfully from the stands by the Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez. This result will surely give Spurs masses of confidence for their upcoming Premier League fixtures and will not go unnoticed by the rest of Europe either.

Chelsea Well Beaten by Roma

Chelsea became the first Premier League Team to register a loss in the Champions League. Roma pretty much did to Chelsea what Tottenham did to Real Madrid with a commanding performance against the current Premier League champions.

City and United a Step Closer to Qualification

Neither Manchester City nor Manchester United qualified conclusively but both sides won comfortably and are almost certain to progress to the knockout stages.
City need one more victory and United only a draw in their remaining fixtures to book their place in the round of 16.

 

Tottenham take on Real Madrid

Will Kane be fit enough to play?

There is still a chance that Tottenham star Harry Kane could be fit to play against Real Madrid on Wednesday. Tottenham Hotspur are 11/5 to defeat European Champions Real Madrid 6/5 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31] at their new home, Wembley stadium. Kane has a minor hamstring injury and Spurs Manager Mauricio Pochettino will want to allow him as much chance to recover as possible before making any decision.

Both teams come into the game hot on the heels of defeat. Tottenham lost to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Saturday by the narrowest of margins. Real Madrid suffered a shock defeat to Girona on Sunday which led their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, to question Zinedine Zidane’s tactics.

Walk in the Park for Liverpool?

Liverpool 1/20 should not face too much in the way of opposition against Slovenian side, NK Maribor 37/1 [odds correct as of 12:00 GMT Tuesday October 31]. Maribor who are bottom of Group E with just one point from their first three games, could be on the receiving end of yet another history making score line, like that that was inflicted upon them by Liverpool just two weeks ago. Liverpool beat NK Maribor 7-0 in the away fixture.

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Real Topple Italian Giants With Star Show

 

Real Madrid won their third Champions League crown in 4 years with an emphatic 4-1 win over Juventus at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

That man Cristiano Ronaldo notched a double as Real Madrid defeated 10-man Juventus to retain their Champions League crown and 12th win altogether including the old European Cup.

The Old Lady as Juventus are known appeared to prefer knitting over football as they conceded more goals in the Millennium Stadium in 90 minutes than in their entire campaign as veteran Italian keeper Buffon went home with hiss team destroyed.

You have to feel a bit sorry for him as two of those goals were cruel deflections as Ronaldo carried on his Roy of the Rovers exploits to gain another winners medal.

It was a cracking game in a first half that saw Ronaldo put Madrid ahead, becoming the first player to score in three different Champions League finals in the process and a lovely goal it was too. He rifled the ball past Buffon from 15 metres after a gorgeous 1-2 move, sadly for the Italian legend between the sticks it took a nasty deflection and Buffon had no chance..

Mario Mandzukic equalised for Juventus with a spectacular overhead kick that no-one will forget in a hurry.

Real Madrid dominated the second half as Juve fell part at the seams, Casemiro scoring with the help of another horrid deflection before Ronaldo made sure of the victory from close-range nipping in between two defenders and shooting in from 6 metres, ensuring he finishes above Lionel Messi as the competition’s top scorer this season.

Juventus substitute Juan Cuadrado was sent off 18 minutes after coming on, the winger receiving a second yellow card for a clash with Sergio Ramos, before Madrid substitute Marco Asensio put the icing on the cake in the last minute. Cuadrado sending off was a bit harsh for the ex Chelsea man as the Old Lady’s hopes went up in smoke.

Having also secured LaLiga glory, the win seals a famous double for Zinedine Zidane in his first full season at the helm, with Madrid the first side since AC Milan in 1990 to win back-to-back European crowns.

As for Juventus, who had been seeking a treble after winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia, have now lost five straight finals since last tasting continental success back in 1996, including two of the last three, having also lost to Barcelona in Berlin two years ago.

Former Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain tested Keylor Navas early on with a 25-yard drive, before the goalkeeper had to make a terrific one-handed save to keep out a powerful Miralem Pjanic strike from a similar distance.

Real Madrid took the lead though as Ronaldo capping a slick passing move. Karim Benzema and Ronaldo were both involved in the build-up before Dani Carvajal’s cut-back led to the Portugal international producing an impressive first-time finish, finding the far corner from the edge of the area with the help of a deflection off Leonardo Bonucci.

However the game swung back to Juve just seven minutes later. Bonucci’s pass from defence was helped on by both Alex Sandro and Higuain to set up Mandzukic and the Croatia international took one touch and unfurled a magnificent overhead kick into the top corner, with Navas not close to it. Talk about a beauty!

Ronaldo had a chance to hit back, but he misjudged an attempted diving header from Isco’s cross as an entertaining first half ended level at 1-1.

Luka Modric tested Gianluigi Buffon with a left-footed strike from outside the box as Madrid made a faster start to the second half.

And Zidane’s men retook the lead just after the hour mark when Toni Kroos had a shot blocked and Casemiro latched on to the loose ball 35 yards out, firing in a shot which took a huge deflection off Sami Khedira to deceive Buffon.

With Juve shell-shocked, Madrid struck again just three minutes later. Modric played a one-two with Carvajal, latching on to the full-back’s return pass down the right and digging out a superb cross, allowing Ronaldo to nip ahead of a stationary Bonucci and prod in from inside the six-yard box.

Juve brought on Cuadrado, Mario Lemina and Claudio Marchisio as they attempted to reverse the momentum, while Gareth Bale was introduced for Madrid in his home city.

The Italian champions needed a superb intervention from Bonucci to stop Bale from tapping in a Ronaldo cross, before coming close themselves when Alex Sandro’s glancing header fell just wide from Dani Alves’ free-kick.

Then we hit pantomime season as a bad night for Juve got worse with six minutes to go when Cuadrado, already booked for a late challenge on Ronaldo, saw red after Ramos went down like Emile Heskey doing a paper round., the Colombia international having lightly pushed him and made minimal contact with his foot. Ramos will later receive a BAFTA award for overacting.

Madrid wrapped up a famous triumph in the final minute when Asensio – eight minutes after coming on – slotted in left-footed from eight yards after superb work from Marcelo down the left in an emphatic triumph for Zidane.

The plaudits will no doubt go to Mr Ronaldo who has now scored at least twice as many Champions League goals as any other player in the quarter-final stage (20), semi-final stage (13) and final of the competition (4).

So Real Madrid were worthy winners but Juve will feel hard done by thanks to two large defections and a sending off that never should have been.

Gianluigi Buffon was the third oldest player to feature in a European Cup final (39y 126d) after Dino Zoff and Edwin van der Sar but his dream turned into a nightmare as the Old Lady had her zimmer frame taken from beneath her by the Spanish giants.

Congratulations Real Madrid.



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