Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, 19:45
Real Madrid’s tenth Champions League title would also represent a third for their coach Carlo Ancelotti in a non-playing role, and when you consider the club also has two of the most expensive and effective attackers in history on their books there are few if any organisations better suited to this level of competition. In their way stand plucky Atletico, run on debt and transition for the most part but already confirmed as champions of Spain, and for a fan base that has experienced a fair amount of disappointment over the last decade a loss tonight to their plucky and under-funded local rivals would be the ultimate humiliation in a period of difficult results.
Having already put paid to Chelsea in the semi-final there is no doubt Atletico will fancy themselves against another billionaire super- team, and Ladbrokes will give you 19/4 on the red and white side winning by a one-goal margin. Real are 13/5 to win by one goal, with record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo 2/1 at BWin in the score win double, while BetFred have 11/2 on Atletico’s star man Diego Costa in the same market.
Costa has just returned to training after tearing a hamstring last weekend in the league decider, and Arda Turan has also only just rejoined his mates on the practice ground. Real duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will both be fit to start, but defender Pepe and striker Karim Benzema remain doubts while Xabi Alonso is suspended.