Juventus v Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 30, 2017
Saturday 3 June – Principality Stadium – Champions League
The European football season comes to an exciting end on Saturday night, as Juventus and Real Madrid contest the Champions League final in Cardiff. The champions of Italy face the champions of Spain at the Principality Stadium, with the odds on a tight game.
The two teams are evenly matched when it comes to the history of this fixture, with each side winning eight of the 18 meetings. Most recently, Juventus knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage in 2015. However, Los Blancos have won both of the matches played on neutral ground. A certain Zinedine Zidane was on the losing team in the 1998 Champions League final in Amsterdam.
The biggest piece of team news going into the final is whether Gareth Bale will start the game. The Welshman has overcome a calf problem and will be desperate to play in his hometown. Isco has been in great form in his absence though, giving Real Madrid boss Zidane a real selection headache. Elsewhere, Raphael Varane should start at the back due to Pepe’s broken ribs.
For Juventus, veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will be the last line of defence. The 39-year-old must keep out the likes of Bale, Isco, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in order to secure his first Champions League crown. Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira will face their former club, with the latter returning from injury against Bologna last weekend.
Juventus v Real Madrid Preview and Predictions
Real Madrid can create history by becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era. Juventus will provide the sternest of tests for Zinedine Zidane’s side though, with the Old Lady looking to complete a famous treble.
Victory for Los Blancos would be the Madrid club’s 12th European Cup success. A third victory in four years would cement their place as the continent’s top team too. Having overcome fierce rivals Barcelona in La Liga, securing the double would be an incredible achievement for relative novice Zidane. After an extra week to prepare, Real start the final as slight 9/10 favourites to lift the trophy.
It could hardly be closer with the bookmakers though, with Juventus priced at 24/23. The Old Lady won a record sixth consecutive Serie A title in the closing weeks of the season, as well as the Coppa Italia. Bianconeri boss Massimiliano Allegri will be desperate to avenge the 2015 loss to Barcelona by taking the big-eared trophy back to Turin this time round.
With such a close game expected, the odds are slightly better for each side to win inside 90 minutes. You can get 7/4 on Real Madrid and 21/10 on Juventus, while it’s 11/5 for honours even at the end of normal time. If you want to back the hometown favourite, Bale is 9/2 to score in a Real win, 8/1 to score the last goal, and 150/1 for a hat-trick.
Ronaldo to score in 1-0 Real Madrid win at 28/1
This game is likely to be a tight one, making this a great price for a narrow Real Madrid win. Talisman Ronaldo has been in superb form during the season’s run-in, and it’s not hard to see him scoring the winner. It’s the same price if you think Higuain will bag the only goal of the game.
Juventus to win from behind at 20/1
There’s usually drama and a swing in fortunes in the Champions League final. Juventus are 20/1 to concede first and recover to win, while Real Madrid are 15/1 to do the same.