Juve to Strike Earlier than Expected in Cardiff

Juventus beat Monaco in the Champions League semi final.

Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid is likely to be a classic encounter between defence and attack at the Millennium Stadium in Wales.

Juventus has conceded three lots of single goals in its 12 UEFA Champions League matches en route to the final, whereas Real Madrid has kept only one clean sheet in its same number of games leading into the title decider. Juventus shut out Barcelona not once but twice in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, whereas Real Madrid lost 2-3 at home and drew 1-1 away to Barca in the Spanish Primera Division.

One thinks that Juventus may have what it takes to beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final but, whereas one was confident that Manchester United would have the measure of Ajax in the UEFA Europa League final, one does not have anything more than a gut feeling about the bigger event.

Therefore, one is heading to the UEFA Champions League final exotic markets for one’s three best bets and, hopefully, one will be able to land a hat-trick like in the UEFA Europa League final when Manchester United’s 2-0 victory and Ajax’s dominance in the corner-kick count pay handsome dividends.

One’s idea of the UEFA Champions League final top selection is Juventus to score its first goal before the 61:00 mark, an option that is available at odds of -120  with Bet365.

Real Madrid’s scoring record – it has found the back of the net in every one of its 59 competitive matches – will get more than its fair share of media coverage this week but Juventus is no slouch in that regard, either. Juventus has scored in 53 of its 56 competitive games, with the three exceptions being Sevilla at home in the UEFA Champions League, Milan away in Italian Serie A and Barcelona away in the UEFA Champions League – the Old Lady were rightfully focused on not allowing Barca back into the tie at the Camp Nou so one is willing to put a pen through that blank.

In Italian Serie A, Juventus scored 77 goals in its 38 matches and the average time of Juve’s first goal scored was 27 minutes at home, 45 minutes away and 36 minutes overall. In the Spanish Primera Division, Real Madrid conceded 41 goals in its 38 games and the average time of Real’s first goal conceded was 47 minutes at home, 44 minutes away and 45 minutes overall. One could make a decent case for backing Juventus to score in the first half of the UEFA Champions League final at odds against but one is not greedy and one is happy to settle for the odds that Bet365 is offering.

Second, one is going to suggest snapping up the odds of -110  with Bet365 about both teams scoring in the UEFA Champions League final. Between them, Juventus and Real Madrid have scored in 112 of their 115 competitive matches and the available odds are sufficiently juicy for one to take a punt on Real piercing Juve’s defence and vice versa.

Third and finally, one is picking Real Madrid defensive midfielder Casemiro to receive a card at odds of +138 . Casemiro has been cautioned in nine of his 25 Spanish Primera Division appearances, just 20 of which have been starts, while he has collected two yellow cards in his eight UEFA Champions League runs. The early UEFA Champions League final team news is that Casemiro will anchor Real’s midfield and Juventus is highly likely to pose more issues for the Brazilian and his Meringues teammates than most of its Spanish Primera Division opponents did this season.

Felix Brych of Germany will referee the UEFA Champions League final and his card counts, both domestically and internationally, suggests that bookmakers are correct to expect somewhere in the region of five yellows.

Tips Summary

Juventus to score before 61 minutes
Saturday 3rd June, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -120

Juventus v Real Madrid – Both teams to score
Saturday 3rd June, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  -110

Casemiro to receive a card
Saturday 3rd June, 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +138

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