Atletico Madrid Team News
Probable Real Madrid Line-Up (4-3-3) – Casillas, Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Modric, Illarramendi, Di Maria, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Probable Atletico Madrid Line-Up (4-4-2) – Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis, Turan, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Garcia, Villa
In the Semi-Final Real dominated Bayern over 2 legs, winning 5-0 on aggregate. Being the highest scoring team in the tournament by some way, Real’s goal tally is 37 goals in a meagre 12 games. Ronaldo (16 goals), Benzema and Bale (5 goals each) are a lethal attacking trio, capable of unlocking any defence, especially on the counter-attack. However, it’s likely Real will see a lot more possession on Saturday evening and their chances to play their usual counter-attacking football will be limited.
Atletico are still unbeaten in the competition as they have conceded just 6 goals in 12 matches. Amazingly, the short period of time they trailed to Chelsea in the semi-final was just the 2nd time they’ve gone behind all competition. Atletico may not have Real’s array of creative geniuses, but they have a voracious midfield that will press and hunt down their opponents to turn defence into a swift counter-attack.
PREDICTION: This promises to be an intriguing final and could be a classic. However, I can see a tighter cagey affair and a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes is my prediction with extra time and maybe even penalties. The draw is a best priced 5/2 with Bet365 and Cristano Ronaldo is 100/30 with the same firm to score the first goal.