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Real Madrid have already reached a record 15th UEFA Champions League final. The spanish soccer club are hoping to win their 12th title on Saturday against Italian side Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 championship match.
Juventus are six-time runners-up in the Champions League final and fell to Real Madrid 1-0 the last time they met in this situation. That was nearly 20 years ago, and Juventus have arguably been the better squad overall during Champions League play this season.
The head-to-head record between Juventus and Real Madrid is perfectly balanced, with eight wins each and two draws. However, their only previous meeting in the Champions League final saw Real Madrid win 1-0 in 1998 thanks to a Pedrag Mijatovic goal.
Real Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final for the 15th time, four more than any other club (AC Milan, 11). They’ve won 11 of the previous 14, again more than any other team in history. In fact, they’ve won each of their last five finalsin the competition, last losing in 1981 against Liverpool.
Juventus are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Champions League (W9 D3). They are the first team since Atlético Madrid in 2013/14 to reach the final without losing a single game.
In fact, no team has lifted the Champions League trophy without suffering a single defeat since Manchester Utd did it in 2007/08.
The return of the play-off final in the Netherlands will be played on Sunday. Utrecht will see AZ in this game, but this time at their own Stadium. It will be a really hard task to turn around the first game which they lost with 3-0 at AZ, but Dutch games have shown before that nothing is impossible. Utrecht finished 4th in the Eredivisie with a big number of 11 points ahead of Vitesse. They scored 54 goals and conceded 38 in 34 games played, giving them the average of 1.59 goals scored on average and 1.12 conceded. Decent averages if you ask me. Utrecht are most good in scoring goals in the right time and against the right opponent.
– Utrecht are in great form at home
– Conceded only 1 goal in last 5 home games
Chelsea come into this encounter aiming to do the domestic double against one of their chief rivals in Arsenal who have been struggling and are further disappointed at the fact that they finished 5th and got stuck with the Europa League for next season, which is the first time it happened in Wenger’s tenure. Chelsea will look to ride the high and the confidence within the team into this encounter considering they have gone on a solid 7 wins in a row heading into this encounter. They have scored 24 goals in that span showcasing the class and form that this team have heading into this encounter. The likes of Costa, Hazard, Willian, Pedro will all be looking to add to their tally to close out a successful season. Chelsea will look to have a better defensive showing coming into this encounter as they have conceded in 4 out of their last 7 games heading into this encounter.
Real Sociedad come into this encounter knowing that a loss is not an option as they go in search of a Europa League spot against Celta Vigo tonight. Real Sociedad go into his game knowing they are in good form as they have a 5 match unbeaten run behind them. They have drawn their last 2 with Sevilla and Malaga; and prior to that beaten Granada, Valencia and Deportivo. Sociedad will turn to a full attacking lineup this afternoon with the likes of Willian Jose, Juanmi and Carlos Vela all potentially starting as they have been the ones with the continue scoring heading into this encounter.
Hoffenheim come into this encounter knowing that a victory for them and a slip from Dortmund will see them overtake Dortmund to the automatic spot of qualification for the Champions League next season. Hoffenheim have been in a team in great scoring form and are the 3rd highest scorers in the Bundesliga across the season and at home. They have relied on the likes of Wagner, Kramaric, Szalai and Uth who have scored 41 goals among them this season. Hoffenheim have won 7 straight games since the turn of the new year while conceding only 4 goals in that span showcasing their strong defensive showing. They had scored 19 goals in that span.
Celtic have sealed their 48th Premiership this season since way back in April and are now looking to be crowned as Champions remaining undefeated in the entire season in the Premiership. Celtic are also trying to create history by beating the 103 points that they had collected back in the early 2000’s. The form of their players has been extremely evident as they have scored 99 goals in 36 games, which is almost 2.5 team goals per game. Celtic will look to their key forwards Scott Sinclair (21 goals), Stuart Armstrong (14 goals) and Leigh Griffiths (10 goals) to lead their line and continue their success of pumping goals against any and all opponents so far this season. 5 out of the last 6 games played by Celtic have seen their games go over 2.5 goals primarily due to defensive lapses by Celtic where they have conceded in 5 out of those 6 games.
Milan come into this encounter with an extremely slim chance of landing a Europa League spot; but with just 6 points separating them and tonight’s opponents Atalanta, it could bring them to within 3 points should they be able to land a victory tonight. Milan will be looking to take the attack to Atalanta through their attacking 4-3-3 formation that has delivered goals for them in recent weeks, but it is their defense that need to step up.
Fiorentina are still in the hunt for the Europa League spot and will be looking to push on for victories in their last 3 games as they are just 9 points behind 5th place Atalanta and if results go their way, they can still be in the hunt for that spot. Fiorentina have been in good form at home losing just 1 game all season at home which came against Empoli in an upset 2-1 victory for them. Fiorentina will look to continue that good run of form and rely on the form of forwards Kalinic (14 goals), Bernadeschi (11 goals), Babacar (9 goals) and Tello & Ilicic (4 goals each). Defensively however, Fiorentina have struggled to keep clean sheets, conceding in 63% of their games at home and conceded in 5 straight games heading into this encounter.
Monaco will know is that they have to continue to pump balls into the box against this strong Juventus side and make the most of any opportunities that they can try and score at, especially since they come from a 2-0 deficit and try to score at any cost. Monaco will play with some of the quickest and most talented players on the wings including Lemar, Sidibe, Bakayoko, Bernardo who will look to cross balls into the box for Falcao and even Mbappe to get their heads on them. All of them have a goal in them as been seen by their performances against Dortmund, Man City, Tottenham, Moscow and Leverkusen in the Champions League this season. Monaco have been generating around 5 corners per game away from home in the with their corner count reading as: 5,6,1,6,7,4,6,8. That average goes put to 6 corners per game in the league with performances against good sides reading: Bordeaux (10), Nice (4), Lyon (6) and including 7 that they hit against Juventus last week.