The meeting of Madrid's fierce rivals should provide one of the most fascinating Champions League finals in years. Real Madrid are chasing their 10th triumph in the tournament and their first since 2000, while the surprising Atletico Madrid seek a European consecration after their successful Spanish league campaign.
Following a successful season handicapping the Premier League, here's my look at the best bets for Saturday's Champions League final.
Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid (neutral venue)
Asian handicap: Real Madrid -0.5 (EVEN) vs. Atletico Madrid +0.5 (-105)
3-way line: Real Madrid +100 / Atletico Madrid +333 / Draw +250
PickCenter public consensus money line pick: 77 percent pick Real Madrid
Total: 2.25 (Over -105, Under +105)
Do Real Madrid really deserve to be such strong favorites to win Europe's premier club competition when they meet city rivals Atletico in Lisbon on Saturday? Based on the final La Liga standings, you would have to say that they don't. During a remarkable 2013-14 campaign, Diego Simeone's Atletico have achieved the near-impossible feat of winning a two-team league without being one of the two teams in question. This season, Atletico was 1-0-1 in La Liga play against Real, but lost 5-0 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey semifinals.
By finishing above both Barcelona and Real Madrid, Atletico have smashed Europe's most celebrated duopoly and done so playing a brand of exciting, high-energy football...