Can free flowing Real Madrid be the first side to retain the trophy since 1990? Or will Juventus’ legendary defence finally get their hands on European football’s biggest prize?
It’s set up to be a fascinating encounter, and the team at Betin Kenya have taken a look at some of the possible outcomes of Saturday’s final.
For all of Real Madrid’s brilliance across the park, Cristiano Ronaldo is still their main man and goalscoring threat.Although he will be closely marked by the Juventus back 3, we wouldn’t be surprised if he popped up with a goal. For the Italian champions Dybala to score anytime for Juventus is the best pick. The outside bet of Sergio Ramos to score is hugely appealing, seeing as he has scored in the last 2 Champions League finals.
Unstoppable force meets an immovable object
Juventus have looked comfortable in shutting down two of this season’s best attacking sides in Monaco and Barcelona. However Real Madrid are a more balanced outfit, and possess a greater aerial threat to score from. A 1-1 draw, has been the outcome at 90 minutes in Real Madrid’s last two Champions League finals, and as neither side is likely to dominate, we feel this is the best of the correct score bets given how evenly matched the teams are.
Opening 45 minutes to be close
Both sides have very pragmatic coaches, who will realise that a Champions League final isn’t a place to make rash decisions early on. In the last 5 years not a single final has had over 1.5 goals at half-time, and we think that trend will continue here.
Betin Kenya final prediction
To win the Champions League back to back will always take some luck along the way, and Real Madrid have had that so far in this competition. They benefitted from incorrect offside calls against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, and grabbed a sucker punch away goal just before half time when Atletico had them on the ropes in the second leg of the semi-final. Throughout the season, even when not playing at their best, they have found a way to win, and our hunch is that they will get over the line again on penalties just like they did last year,