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Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – The Big Champions League Review

Posted on May 23, 2014 by admin

The Champions League final between ‘Los Blancos’ Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid promises a hugely exciting end to the Spanish football season.

Atletico have arguably had their greatest ever season, having beaten both Real and Barcelona to La Liga Primera title – their first since 1996 – despite the team’s total wage bill being a fifth of their local rivals. While despite finishing third in La Liga, Real won against Barcelona to lift the Copa Del Rey following an incredible 50-metre charge on goal down the left flank from Gareth Bale. Real also beat Atletico en route to the final of the Spanish cup. Real are priced as favourites at a best price of 19/20 for the Champions League, despite having failed to win the trophy in 12 years. Atletico are priced at a best price of 17/10 to become champions of Europe.

Atletico have never won a Champions League/European Cup in their history, so Diego Simeone’s side and their fans will no doubt be desperate to change that statistic, and such a win will be all the sweeter for having beaten their local rivals. With this in mind and with such good odds, there is plenty to be said for backing Atletico, especially since Atletico have already beaten Real this season, with a 1-0 win away at the Bernabeu.

Christiano Ronaldo hit the record books with 16 goals scored in a single Champions League season, following Real Madrid’s second-leg win against incumbent champions Bayern Munich, and as such betting is closed as to who will score the most goals over the course of the competition.

It would come as little surprise to many if Ronaldo were to be the first scorer in the match, which at 3/1 from Paddy Power is certainly worth a bet. Gareth Bale is 6/1 to be the first scorer, which considering his recent form, may also be attractive to some punters. Atletico’s top scorer Diego Costa, is priced at 13/2 to score the first goal of the match, which is also a good price considering that Costa already has 8 goals to his name in this year’s competition, although injury worries have led to speculation regarding his place in the final.

Elsewhere in the betting, the chances of there no being a goal scorer throughout the 90 minutes of normal time is 7/1, and the chances of a draw are 5/2 at best price. Real are priced at 6/4 and Atletico are 7/2 for a half-time result. Considering that Atletico have had the most comeback victories in the competition this year with 2, some might consider it brave to assume that they will be beaten by half-time. Diego Simeone has transformed Atletico since arriving as coach in 2011. Despite having a relatively miniscule budget and lacking a player of the superstar status of Ronaldo, the Argentinian has focused on a distinctly team-based approach, showing great skill as a tactician by changing his tactics match-by-match.

 

Simeone will no doubt be eager for his players to stop Ronaldo – this year’s FIFA World Player of the Year – in his tracks, and with his team’s excellent defence, this is certainly possible. Despite being underdogs, it would take a brave punter indeed to bet against the Spanish champions.

 

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