Champions League Final
Juventus take on Real Madrid in the Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June with both sides chasing more silverware having each landed league titles in their respective domestic divisions. Juventus secured a sixth successive Serie A title this season and a third successive domestic double. Real Madrid, meanwhile, won their first La Liga title in five years.
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?
Real Madrid's unstoppable force, armed with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco, have played 64 competitive games since they last failed to score a goal. The immovable object comes in the form of a Juventus defence boasting Italian stalwarts Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci ahead of Gianluigi Buffon in goal. On average, Juventus have conceded just one goal in every six hours of Champions League football they've played this term.
Until recently, the European Cup Final was always regarded as a tight affair with both sides adopting a cautious approach for fear of conceding the first goal. However, both sides have scored in 10 of the last 12 finals and all of the last six. Even against a stubborn Juventus defence, it is difficult to see Real Madrid failing to score a single goal in 90 minutes. At the other end, Juventus carry a significant threat of their own. Paulo Dybala has emerged as one of the brightest young talents of the game and his partnership with Gonzalo Higuaín has produced 51 goals in all competitions this season. 80% of Real Madrid's matches this year have seen both sides score and punters can pretty much double their money by backing both sides to find the net in 90 minutes on Saturday. Back both teams to score at odds of 19/20 with bet365 - add to bet slip here
In terms of the full time result (90 minutes), the bookies appear to be having a hard time calling it. Juventus are available at odds of almost 2/1
while Real Madrid are not much shorter at 7/4
. When the Joker contemplated the unstoppable force paradox, he concluded by saying to Batman "I think you and I are destined to do this forever". Although forever may be stretching things a touch, it would be no great surprise to see the this tie go late into the dark night. Three of the last five Champions League Finals have ended level after regulation time and, but for a last minute Bayern Munich winner against Dortmund four years ago, it would have been four out of five. Back the draw at odds of 21/10 with bet365 - add to bet slip here
Method of Victory
Real Madrid are hoping to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League trophies in the current format and, if the game does go beyond 90 minutes, they are well equipped to take advantage of any tired legs in the Juventus ranks. The Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellini and Bonucci combination at the back may be among the most solid in the business but their combined age of 137 years (avg 34) is sure to catch up with them eventually. With either Isco or Bale likely to join Álvaro Morata and James Rodríguez on the bench, Real Madrid could pose a constant threat in the later stages. Back Real Madrid to win in extra-time at odds of 11/1 with bet365 - add to bet slip here
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