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The footie action is beginning to get a bit thin on the ground with the season drawing to a close, but don’t quite hang up your football betting boots just yet as we’ve the 2017 Champions League Final to look forward to this Saturday (3rd June 2017) and with European big-guns Juventus and Real Madrid doing battle at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff we should be in for a cracker.
Did you know?……….Juventus have only lost 1 of their last 7 vs Real Madrid
It goes without saying that both teams have had excellent campaigns in this competition to get to the final, but with Juventus the experts at shutting teams out, and Real Madrid the masters at finding the back of the net then we should be set for a ‘must-see’ encounter – will it be the defensive skills of Juventus or the fire-power of Real that wins the day?
The layers agree that it’s a tough one to call with Real Madrid just edging it at 2.60, with Juventus 2.90 Juventus and the draw in offer around 3.20.
The outright market has a similar look to it with Real just getting the nod at 1.83, while Juventus can be backed at around 2.00.
What do the stats say?
The teams last clashed in this competition at the semi stage in 2015 – that match ended 1-1 and then saw Juventus going onto win on penalties……………….the Italians eventually lost in the final that year 3-1 to Barcelona.
But Juventus have actually only lost 1 of their last 7 games vs Real Madrid so the 1.53 on offer in the ‘Double Chance’ market on Juventus/Draw is bound to catch the eye of punters and is certainly an option to have on your radar.
Both teams have also scored in 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads, so if you fancy a repeat of this, you’ll be rewarded at 1.90 and you feel that no matter who scores the first there is a strong chance the other will find a way back into the game.
Other stats to note are that the Italians have scored in ALL of their last 7 games vs Real, while 4 of the last 6 clashes between these two sides produced OVER 2.5 GOALS.
So, with that taken into account the call here is for goals. Okay, these finals can often be nervy and cagey encounters with so much at stake, but with 6 of Juventus’ last 9 matches in all competitions having 3 or more goals in, and the fact that 11 of Real’s last 12 (92%) have also produced over 2.5 goals, then it’s actually a bit surprising to see this option as the clear second favourite at 2.15 in the OVER/UNDER 2.5 GOAL market, with under around 1.66.
Did you know?……….Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 5 goals in his last 4 games vs Juventus
In terms of the goal scorers, it’s a fairly simple one for both sides. The Argentina-born Higuain is the clear top hitman for Juventus with 32 goals in all competitions, while a certain Cristiano Ronaldo, with 40 goals, is the highest scorer in the Real camp.
Former Real player – Gonzalo Higuain – can be backed at 5.00 to score the first and 2.40 anytime, while Ronaldo is 4.33 to grab the opener and 2.10 anytime.
Of the pair, Ronaldo looks the safer option to me as the Portuguese superstar has actually netted 5 times in his last 4 vs Juventus and in ALL of the last four he’s played against the Italians.
With that in-mind we’re going for two options here for the best bets – Over 2.5 goals at 2.15 and Ronaldo to score at anytime at 2.10 – hopefully we’ll see plenty of goal action in what looks a ‘must-see’ final
Enjoy the game, and good luck!
OVER 2.5 GOALS @2.15
RONALDO TO SCORE @2.10
Real Madrid v Juventus, Champions League Final – KEY HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS
Saturday 3rd June 2017, 19:45pm
Last met 2015 (Champions League), R Madrid 1-1 Juventus, Juventus 2-1 R Madrid
Both teams have scored in 5 of the last 6 head-to-heads
4 of the last 6 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS
Juventus have only lost 1 of their last 7 vs Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in ALL of the last 4 head-to-heads
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 5 in the last 4 head-to-heads
Juventus have scored in ALL of their last 7 vs Real Madrid
2 DRAWS in the last 3 head-to-heads
Real Madrid have won 7 of their last 8 games
11 of Real Madrid’s last 12 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
Both teams scored in 11 of Real Madrid’s last 14 games
Juventus have lost just 1 of their last 13 games
6 of Juventus’ last 9 games went OVER 2.5 GOALS
Higuain (Juventus) is their highest scorer this season with 32 league goals
Ronaldo (Real Madrid) is their highest scorer this season with 40 goals
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