Juventus vs Real Madrid 2017 Champions League Final Betting Preview

Posted by Ted Merrick on June 1, 2017 in

Real Madrid will appear in their 15th UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, looking for their 12th title. In their way stand Juventus, in a reprise of the 1998 matchup in the Champions League title game. Juventus have lost this title game six times, including that 1998 matchup, which went to Real Madrid, 1-0. However, Juventus may have the better talent on this side, with the soccer odds following the reputations of the teams as well as the reality of their seasons.

Juventus vs Real Madrid 2017 Champions League Final Betting Preview

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:45pm ET
Where: Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK
TV: Fox Sports (US) / BT Sport 2 (UK)
Radio: None
Live Stream: BT Sport, FoxSportsGo
Betting Odds: Real Madrid (-120) / Juventus (EVEN)

Why should you bet on Juventus?

Juventus won Group H and permitted just two goals over six matches. In the knockout rounds, they beat their three opponents by a combined 10-1 score, with Monaco tallying the only goal against them in the semifinal. Their offense runs through Gonzalo Higuain, who has tallied five goals through Champions League play thus far this season. Juventus fell in the final two years ago to Barcelona, and many of the players who built that tournament experience are still on the squad. Their defense might be the best of any club in the world, as goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is the backstop behind such defenders as Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, although everyone works back and helps in the defensive half when necessary. That discipline should pay dividends in Cardiff.

Why should you put your money on Real Madrid?

Real Madrid did not have as impressive a road to their final. In Group F, they finished as the runner-up to Borussia Dortmund, but then they exploded offensively in the knockout rounds, scoring at least twice as many goals as their opposition in all three matchups. Cristiano Ronaldo has found the back of the net 10 times in this tournament so far, and he will be the most dangerous player on the pitch Saturday. The defense can be a little shaky; depending on how Danilo plays at the right back. He can make spectacular plays, but he can also make some baffling gaffes that lead to goals.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Real Madrid has the championship pedigree — but Juventus has the better defense. Will Juventus crack under the pressure, or will they break through Real Madrid? I just don’t see Ronaldo’s side faltering on the biggest stage, so I predict a 2-1 win for Real Madrid.