The final of the Champions League in Cardiff will mark the 19th time these two giants clash and with eight wins to each clubs’ tally, there is literally nothing to separate them? Or is there? We’ll analyse the group stages, the opponents they faced, preferred playing styles and important betting information that will help you make informed decisions when betting on the final of the Champions League.
Juve – The Champions of Italy
Juve have been dominating domestic football for the past six years and many punters were poking at whether the side from Turin are on par with the big boys. But the Bianconeri are now in their second final in as little as three seasons, however, it’s been over two decades since the Old Lady lifted the iconic Champions League trophy.
Juve’s Group Stages
Juve were drawn with Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb in Group H and in the first six matches, the Bianconeri only conceded two goals and finding the net 11 times. Four of their six games in the group stages ended in under 2.5 goals and kept clean sheets on four occasions. The Bianconeri topped the group with ease with 14 points and never looked like they were going to give anything away. No Juve striker dominated the goal scoring leader board in the group stages, as all 11 goals scored were scored by different players, with the exception of Higuain (one pen), who scored three in six games.
What to expect
Italian managers naturally give paramount importance to their defensive black line, and with the likes of Bonucci and Chiellini, the pair definitely have what it takes to frustrate Madrid’s offensive prowess. As a matter of fact, the Bianconeri scored an average of 1.75 goals per game, having eight of their 12 matches played ending in under 2.5 goals. We expect the first half to be a bit edgy as the worse thing possible in the game would be to concede an early goal. Nevertheless, both teams will need to take risks in an attempt to control the game. Juventus don't have a great track record in this final. They have two wins and a record six losses to their name. Madrid have quite the opposite. A team from Italy has won the Champions League every seven years since 1989, with a few more in between. History suggests it will be Juventus' turn again this time round. However, it’s not all down to Madrids’ attack against Juve defense. One of the ways they have been so effective at shutting down the opposition is by causing havoc in the opponents half.
Juve are the underdogs with odds of 2.90 to beat Madrid in the normal 90 minutes allocated. Odds for Juve to win the trophy currently stand at evens and under 2.5 goals has odds set at 2.17. Both teams to score is a good option to consider as the bet is priced at 1.91.
Madrid were crowned champions of La Liga as they finished three points ahead of rivals Barcelona. Los Blancos. Ronaldo and Co. have an average of 2.67 goals scored per game and have a total of 32 goals scored. Madrid are looking to defend their Champions League title, and can be the first time to do so after its’ revision.
Madrid’s Group Stages
Madrid finished second in Group F with 12 points from a maximum of 18. They were drawn with Borussia Dortmund, Legia Warszawa and Sporting CP. As expected, Los Blancos suffered no defeats in the Group stages but drew on three occasions and conceded 10 goals, five times more than the Bianconeri.
What to expect
Many agree that the ex-Madrid star, Zidane, has possibly the best club squad ever assembled in terms of quality. Switching players and utilizing them in different positions has seen established superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric play key roles in their Champions League progress, while high-quality backups Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio aided the team with great style in lower-profile domestic matches. Gareth Bale picked up a knock in the quarter final against Bayern Munich and you can hear the collective groans around the stands of the Bernabéu. It’s ironic if the Welshman, the Cardiff born winger wouldn’t be able to play in the most prestigious final in his own home town.
Madrid are priced at 2.55 to emerge victorious in normal time and at 1.85 to lift the trophy. The odds state that it’s probably that the match will end in under 2.5 goals, as odds are set at 1.71. Over 2.5 goals has a price of 2.17, however, with all that quality on the pitch, it’s hard to imagine the game being short of goals. Ronaldo has odds of 2.43 to score at any time and the Portuguese skipper has proved many times in the past that he is very capable of influencing colossal matches. The French forward, Karim Benzema has odds set at 3.35 to in Cardiff.
However, Madrid’s defense should be aware of an increasingly dangerous threat. Dani Alves. The Brazilian has recently shown that he too can directly influence goals. He created, incredibly, all four of Juve’s semi-final goals against Monaco, setting up three and smashing home a volley, effectively putting the final nail in the coffin.