The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League final will be contested by Juventus and Real Madrid. The match will be staged at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, in-front of 74,000 people. This will be an amazing show, that's no doubt. But where is the money here?
1. Road to the UEFA Champions League 2017 Final
Juventus reached the final by firstly winning Group H, with 14 points from their six games. Four wins and two draws allowed Juventus to progress to the knockout stages undefeated and that’s how they have remained.
The knockout phase of the tournament saw Juventus eliminate Porto, Barcelona and Monaco over two legs, winning five matches and drawing one. Their most impressive display was defeating Barcelona 3-0 at home and holding out for a 0-0 draw in the Camp Nou.
Real Madrid were forced to settle for second place in Group F as Borussia Dortmund took top spot. However, having won three and drawn three of their group games, Real Madrid remained undefeated.
In the knockout stages of the tournament, Real Madrid lost one match, which was against their local rivals Atletico Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final. Having already won the first leg 3-0, the 2-1 defeat meant they still progressed to the final.
In the previous knockout rounds, Real Madrid defeated Napoli comfortably but were forced into extra-time by Bayern Munich, before making the extra man count.
2. Bookies Favourites - Odds
Real Madrid come into this Champions League final as the defending champions. They have also contested two of the previous three finals, winning both, so Zinedine Zidane’s team certainly know what it takes to win this tournament.
You can get 2.70 with Bet365 for Real Madrid to win the Champions League final.
You must only go back two seasons to find the last time Juventus reached the Champions League final but they lost 3-1 to Barcelona in Berlin. Juventus have reached eight finals in total, with their last victory coming in 1995/96.
Since then, Juventus have lost four Champions League finals, including one to Real Madrid in 1997/98. This record is perhaps why they come in at longer odds of 3.00 with Bet365 to win the 2016/17 Champions League final.
The draw is also on offer at 3.10.
|Juventus to Win to Nil||Bet365: 4.50 Bet with bonus||William Hill: 4.33 Bet with bonus||Ladbrokes: 4.60 Bet with bonus|
|Draw After 90min & BTTS||Bet365: 4.50 Bet with bonus||William Hill: 4.20 Bet with bonus||Ladbrokes: 4.40 Bet with bonus|
|Real Madrid to Win in Penalties||Bet365: 11.00 Bet with bonus||William Hill: 9.00 Bet with bonus||Ladbrokes: 2.00 Bet with bonus|
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3. Juventus vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Up to and including the Champions League semi-final second leg against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid have scored at least one goal in their previous sixty competitive games. This is some record but they face possibly the toughest defence in European football in Juventus.
The Italians have conceded only 1 goal in their last seven Champions League games and that came against Monaco in the semi-final, when the tie was all but over. It would be the perfect night for legendary Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, if Juventus could win the match and keep out Real Madrid.
You can get 4.60 with Ladbrokes for Juventus to win to nil.
However, it would be a monumental task for Juventus to stop this Real Madrid team from scoring goals. The question is, can Juventus do enough going forward to trouble Sergio Ramos and co at the back of the Real Madrid defence. Given their performances against Barcelona and Monaco you would have to say yes.
The draw after 90 minutes, with both teams scoring is available at 4.50 with Bet365 and you can also back the 1-1 draw at 6.00.
The previous two finals involving Real Madrid have gone to extra-time and two of the last four finals including Juventus have also gone beyond 90 minutes, therefore it is not unreasonable to expect this game to finish level.
Juventus have been to penalties twice in those four finals and Real Madrid once. Given Real Madrid’s recent success in Champions League final penalty shootouts, if the match was to go all the way, you would have to back the Spanish club with their experience.
The 13.00 with Bet365 for Real Madrid to win the 2016/17 Champions League final on penalties is a tempting bet.
4. Levsky's Prediction
There is only one final, no rematches no second chances. There always can be some new factors, before the match but there are some things that we know for sure: both teams are very well formed, different but equally effective. Both teams have some great players for substitutions. To say something about Real... I think they depend too much on Cristiano Ronaldo and his current mood on the field. But on the other hand, if Dybala and Higuain won't give 100% from themselves, Juve will have to search for other options and this might be problematic.
Personally, I think that defence will be the main factor in this match. Juventus has shown incredible solidarity in defence (both in Champions League and Serie A) and usually, with such impenetrable defence, teams can expect a happy ending to their game.
That's why I think Juventus is going to finally get that Trophy and win by any means.
5. Team News
Looking ahead to the team news and Juventus are confident German midfielder, Sami Khedira, will recover in time from the injury suffered in the semi-final second leg against Monaco. Gonzalo Higuain has also been carrying a knock but with the Serie A title within reach, Max Allegri may have the luxury of resting his key players ahead of this game.
Real Madrid do not have any new injury concerns ahead of the game but Daniel Carvajal will be a big loss at right-back. Pepe has made a return to training ahead of the final and should be fit, so Zidane must choose between his experience or the pace of Raphael Varane in central defence. Gareth Bale is working his way back to fitness but even if the Welshman recovers in time, he may have to settle for a place on the bench, with Isco in good form.