Goals at a premium in Cardiff
Goals at a premium in Cardiff

Real Madrid take on Juventus in the eagerly awaited Champions League final on Saturday but it is unlikely to be a goal fest.
The Italian champions have already shown their brilliant defensive efforts in the competition, when they kept Real’s arch rivals Barcelona scoreless in both legs of their quarter-final clash, so they are very adapt at closing teams down.

Saying that, they can also play an open and expansive game which they showed in their Italian Cup final win against Lazio last week but they are unlikely to go down that path on Saturday against the Spanish Champions who posess so much attacking flair.

Juve have yet to lose a game in this season’s event and head coach Massimiliano Allgeri will be going all out to keep that record intact in Cardiff by keeping things tight and can be backed at n/a to win.

Allegri admitted that the odds were in the favour of Los Blancos but the former AC Milan coach claimed his side were better equipped this time around than when they lost to Barcelona in the 2015 final.

“We go to this match with greater conviction that we had two years ago, but we are still facing a strong team in Real Madrid,” he said.

“They are the favourites. Real are in their third Champions League in four years and are used to playing in them, even though this is our second in three seasons.

“We have to approach the game without anxiety, we are in a good physical and mental condition. We must treat this week like we are preparing for a normal match.

"It is important that we remain calm and optimistic, negativity brings more negativity.

“It has been a fantastic season, and now we are just missing the final piece.”

Juventus will win the treble if they pick up Europe’s top prize for the first time since 1996 whilst, for Real Madrid, who can be backed at n/a it would be a record 12th win.

With that in mind, punters might like to opt for the less than 2.5 goals in the game market. n/a

It will not be easy against Zinadine Zidane’s side who boast the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

The Welsh wizard has been struggling with injury and has not played since suffering the latest in a series of calf injuries that have plagued his time in Madrid against Barcelona on April 23, but he is back in training and Zidane says he is ready to play, possibly ahead of Isco or maybe alongside.

"Gareth doesn't need to tell me anything. He is ready, he is back with us and he is absolutely desperate to play because it is his home," Zidane said.

"We are happy that Gareth is with us. I'm glad he has recovered and we will prepare for the game together as always."

Asked whether he will go for Isco or Bale, Zidane also raised the possibility of the two playing together at some stage of the game against the Italian champions.

"The two of them are very good players," he added. "They played 16 games together this season, everyone speaks about Gareth or Isco but they can play together."

Recomended bet: Less than 2.5 goals n/a

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