Champions League Final Tips From Matt Le Tissier
Bale To Score Anytime
When Real and Atletico meet in Estadio d Luz, Lisbon on Saturday, it will be the first time two sides from the same city have clashed in the Champions League final.
It’s been a fairytale season for Diego Simeone, the former Argentina and Atletico midfielder has already led Madrid’s second club to La Liga title in his second full season in charge and stands on the brink of a remarkable double. For a long time in the shadow of Spain’s powerhouse clubs, Real and Barcelona, Atletico won the title for the first since 1996 and are attempting to win their first European title, having reached the final in 1974.
His opposite number, Carlo Ancelotti has the advantage of being there and done it. Real’s coach has won the European title twice as a player and twice as manager with AC Milan. Real have won it nine times and will have the help of the world’s best player Cristiano Ronaldo and the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “Real Madrid are after their 10th European Cup and with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo set to start after shrugging off injury niggles I’m expecting them to win.
Atletico have been on the go a long time and I’m not sure they can find another immense performance which they’ll need, especially with star man Diego Costa a major doubt. Real eased off in their last few league games with this becoming the overwhelming priority.
I fancy a few goals and Bale can crown a fantastic debut season in the Spanish capital with a good performance. Atletico have won just two of their last 30 meetings with their neighbours and should find them too hard to beat once more.
Bale is a very fair 56/19 with 888sport to score anytime and the 3-1 correct score appeals at a massive 21/1 with BetVictor.”
Saturday’s match will be the fifth meeting between the two Madrid sides this season. Atletico claimed a win and a draw in their league meetings while Real won 5-0 over two legs in the Spanish Cup final.