The biggest annual football event is here: The UEFA Champions League Final. Spanish champions Real Madrid clash with Italian giants Juventus in a mouth-watering final between two dominant European schools of football. Real Madrid are the attacking kings, possessing a dazzling array of soccer alpha males. Juventus, on the other hand, offer a defensive labyrinth, comprising an army of seasoned soccer professionals. It is almost like an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. Where to place your money in online betting? It is a tricky one. The safe thing to do is to trust Cristiano Ronaldo and his men. But the smart thing to do is to back the Old Lady.
Real Madrid – Preview
Gareth Bale is a doubtful starter. He may still play. But he may not last the whole 90 minutes. It is an important aspect. If he is present on the field, Ronaldo will enjoy much more breathing space. Juventus are good enough to halt a single-pronged attack, even if it emanates from Real Madrid and CR7 is at its helm. Bale’s presence is vital for the Spanish side.
Real Madrid do not have any other injury worries. That means Karim Benzema and Isco will partner Ronaldo in the attack. Luka Modric and Tony Kroos will man the midfield, while Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, and Marcelo will form the defense. This is a good team for attacking. But defensively they could leave some gaps. That is why the world could be in for a real surprise in online betting results.
Juventus – Preview
This could be the final outing for Gianluigi Buffon. He will want to leave on a high. Juventus will certainly be the neutrals’ favorites. They have a good enough team to resist the attacks from Real Madrid: Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini and former Barca man Dani Alves form an excellent water-proof defense that can also act as a launching pad for attacks. Dybala is in dazzling touch too. Much will depend on how the strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Mario Mandzukic fare. If they can take their opportunities, the cup will fly to Italy.
Prediction for Online Betting
In the 11 times, these two teams have met, Juventus won six, while Real Madrid managed three wins. The four recent results, in 2013 and in 2015, is more even: one win each for both the teams and two draws.
Who is going to win this one: We stick our neck out and predict that Juventus are likely to lift the Champions League crown.