Real v Atletico: Can Simeone’s men avenge 2014 heartache?
Tonight’s Champions League final looks set to be a dramatic and heated affair, as Real Madrid and city rivals Atletico do battle in a repeat of 2014’s showpiece finale.
The pain of that night still rankles among the Atletico faithful, while the euphoria of their smash-and-grab win will live on within Real’s fanatics.
Two years on, and the pair do battle again for the biggest trophy in European club football.
Both teams were beaten by Barcelona to La Liga and Copa del Rey success, but one of Spain’s other giants will end the season as kings of Europe.
For many on the pitch, this will be their final club action before heading off to the Euros, and we’re boosting a couple of famous faces to shine this evening.
A certain Cristiano Ronaldo has notched 51 times this term – including nine in his last seven – and we’re boosting the Portugal star to score and Real Madrid to win from 2/1 to 5/2.
For Atletico, Antoine Griezmann has a big summer ahead with France, but tonight we’re enhancing the striker to score and Atleti to win from 4/1 to 6/1.
Despite all the hype and expectation that always surrounds a Madrid derby, these games haven’t been high scorers.
Four of the last five have seen under 2.5 scored, while in only three of the last nine meetings have both goalkeepers been beaten.
Atletico may arrive at the San Siro having lost two of their last three, but when they win, they close out the opposition, with each of their last seven victories coming with a clean sheet.
To do so again can be supported at 21/10.
Since Sergio Ramos headed in that late leveller 24 months ago, leading Real to run riot in extra-time, the two sides have met a whopping ten times.
In those ten times, Real have won once. Yep. Once.
Without the injury woes that plagued them two years ago, and with revenge on their minds, is tonight the night Simeone leads his men to glory?
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