Champions League Final: The Battle of Madrid

The final of the Champions League will be played on Saturday at the Estadio de Luz in Lisbon, Portugal to determine the top European Professional Soccer club.

History is set to be made in this match as it is the first time in Champions League history that the two sides competing for the title are from the same city.

Real Madrid will face La Liga and cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid in Saturday’s final.

Real is looking for its 10th European Cup title and the biggest club in the world is the favorite on Bovada and topbet at -110.

However, standing in Real’s way is Atletico the newly crowned La Liga champions in Spain. This is just their second trip to the final of a European Cup and their first in 40 years.

However, the club is full of confidence and bookmakers such as betonline and sportsbook.com have them at +330 to win. A draw is sitting on +240.

This is just the first time the two have battled for a European Cup, but they have met on four occasions this season. The two played head to head twice in league action and twice during the Copa del Rey.

Atletico defeated Real 1-0 at Real’s famed Bernabeu and the two recorded a draw 2-2 at Calderon the home pitch for Atletico during La Liga action.

In Copa del Rey action, Real was able to defeat Atletico 5-0 on aggregate.

The match on Saturday should be very tight and both sides have key players missing.

Bookmakers are expecting a tight low-scoring match with the UNDER on 2.5 at -135, while 3 or more goals is sitting on +115.

A host of different props are offered online with Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com including the total goals in the first half at 1 with the UNDER sitting on -135.

Both sides are aware of one another and each is aware of what it needs to do to eliminate or lower the threat posed by its opponent.

A great deal of pressure is on Real’s manager Carlo Ancelotti to win this match. Real has not won a European Cup since 2002. The club finished third in league action this season. If the Italian cannot win this match, it is likely he will not manage for the club in the next campaign.

Real Madrid was given good news that both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo were fit to play. However, midfielder Xabi Alonso will miss out due to a suspension and defender Pepe likely will not play due to an injury.

For Atletico, Diego Costa their high scoring striker is doubtful, while Arda Turan the team’s tough midfielder is also a doubt for the match.

I like a close low scoring match with Real Madrid winning 1-0.

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