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Champions League Final Betting Preview

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League

Saturday’s Champions League final will be played not just by two Spanish clubs, but two Madrid clubs, as Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid meet at the famed San Siro in Milan for the 2016 Champions League final. Atlético will look to exorcise some demons from that 2014 final when Real staged a dramatic comeback to win its 10th Champions League final.

Shark Bites
  • UNDER 2.5 goals has cashed in the previous four meetings (all competitions).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo leads the Champions League with a whopping 16 goals entering Saturday’s final.
  • Atlético defeated Bayern Munich in the semifinal while Real defeated Manchester City.

Online shop Bet365 currently has Real Madrid at +150 with Atletico at +230 and the Draw at +210. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 goals is +130 while UNDER 2.5 goals is -167.

Atlético took four points from a possible six in the clubs’ two La Liga meetings during the 2015-16 campaign. Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal in a 1-0 Atlético win at the Bernabéu while the pair drew 1-1 at Vicente Calderón.

That said, Los Rojiblancos will be seeking revenge from the 2014 final when their Madrid neighbors throttled them 4-1 at Estádio da Luz behind goals from Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo, the latter three of which came in extra time.

Yes, the match went to extra time as Diego Godin scored early for Atlético before Ramos scored in the 93rd minute to force extra time. Obviously, the extra football was dominated by Real so Atlético will be keen on exacting some revenge from that famed night.

Since that final, however, Atlético has played exceptionally well versus their more glamorous neighbor. They’ve won three and drawn one in four La Liga games with Real winning one and the two drawing the other in the 2015 Champions League quarterfinal meeting.