AS expected Barcelona cruised into the Champions League Final last night – so will be treated to an all-Spanish final for the second year running.
Last season Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid and they’re hoping to complete an El Clasico line-up in Berlin by overturning a 2-1 deficit to Juventus.
Juve did well to win in Turin but 2-1 is unlikely to be good enough. Bookies make the holders favourites to go through and I agree. The Spaniards are a biggest 4-5 with Ladbrokes and bet365.
Juve are 11-10 at BetVictor and William Hill and it’s interesting to note fewer than half (47 per cent) the sides who have won the first leg of a Champions League KO tie 2-1 at home have progressed.
On top of that Juve have only won two of their last 20 trips to Spain and recently lost at Torino and Parma in Serie A.
So I’m on Real to triumph on the night at 7-10 with BetVictor and after that the question is will they go through on the away goal, after extra time or simply by winning by at least two goals.
It should be Real minus one at 9-5 with McBookie if Cristiano Ronaldo has a say. He netted his ninth goal of the campaign in Turin and has hit four in three meetings against Juve.
His anytime scorer price is too good to ignore at 11-12 with 888sport and he is 10-3 at Ladbrokes and Coral to break the deadlock.
Last week’s match in Turin was a pretty open affair and there should be plenty of goals in the return, especially if either side strike early.
Over 2.5 goals looks likely at 5-6 with BetVictor while both to score – which would leave Real needing at least three to go through – pays 17-20 at Ladbrokes.
Real to qualify
(4-5, bet365, Ladbrokes)
Ronaldo to score first
(10-3, Ladbrokes, Coral)