The latest Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid odds from the Champions League Final, as Paddy Power announce they are offering free bets with Real Madrid enhanced to 9/2 while Atletico can be backed at 9/1!
History will be made later tonight in Lisbon as for the first time ever two clubs from the same City will battle it out to be crowned the champions of Europe.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL – 9/2 or 9/1?
PADDY POWER EXCLUSIVE ODDS!
Firm offers 9/2 Real (was 10/11) or 9/1 Atletico to win (was 3/1)
Paddy Power have announced they are offering an ‘enhanced’ price on the Champions League Final today, enhancing Real Madrid to 9/2 ( was 10/11) or Atletico at 9/1 (was 3/1)More details below!
Copa Del Rey winners Real Madrid, chasing a 10th European title, will take on the recently crowned La Liga champions, Atletico, bidding for their first title.
While Real’s history makes then European Football royalty Atletico and especially their coach Diego Simeone have shown that reputations matter little.
The Argentine has assembled a squad that without star names is more than capable of rivalling Real and one that has shown it can win where matters.
The club recently secured the La Liga crown at the Nou Camp as they managed to draw with Barcelona, the club they knocked out on route to the Champions league final.
The club are unbeaten in Europe this season, winning 5 and drawing one in the group stages before beating Milan over two legs, knocking out Barcelona and showing their metal at Stamford Bridge to beat Chelsea in the semi-final.
The big concern for Atletico heading into the game concerns their forward Diego Costa. The Brazilian born Spanish International has been struggling with a hamstring injury in recent weeks and pulled up with a grade 1 strain in the La Liga title winning clash with Barcelona.
While tears of pain turned to tears of joy as Atletico secured their first title in 16 years the striker is now facing a race against time to overcome an injury that typically takes 15 days to heal.
Costa has flown to Belgrade to see ‘miracle doctor’ Marijana Kovacevic. The Serbian doctor uses placenta to help players recover quickly from muscle injuries and she faces a big test in getting Costa ready for Saturday.
Should Costa fail to win his fitness battle then the club will turn to Diego Lopez to fill the void. The twice capped Spanish star has scored 2 and assisted 1 in 8 UCL games this season.
Atletico also have a worry over Turkish star Arda Turan. The midfielder also picked up a knock against Barcelona and is struggling to be fit. The player has a better chance than Costa after training midweek.
Real meanwhile will definitely be without the suspended midfielder Xabi Alonso. The former Liverpool midfielder picked up a yellow card in Real’s 4-0 second-leg semi-final win over Bayern Munich, ruling him out of Saturday’s decider in Lisbon.
While the absence of Alonso will be a blow for Real the inclusion of a fit-again Ronaldo will offset the loss of the Spanish star.
Ronaldo, with a recording making 16 goals in the UCL this season, missed Real’s final two games of the season but is reportedly fit to play and with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also not quite 100%, Carlo Ancelotti has a number of worries over his front three ahead of the game.
Real have lost just once in Europe this season, going down 2-0 away to Borussia Dortmund following a 3-0 first leg win but they showed in the semi-final their true potential with a stunning 4-0 away win over defending champions Bayern Munich.
Real have claimed the trophy in Brussels (2), Paris (2), Glasgow (2), Madrid, Stuggart and Amsterdam but have never played a European final in Portugal.