Props Market Analysis & Free Champions League Picks

Friday, May 27, 2016 7:48 PM GMT

Want to enhance your soccer picks? Join us as we prop up our bets for the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in this space.

The Preamble To the Champions League Final
It's an All-Spanish Affair as well a local derby when Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid lock horns for the ultimate prize in European club football. We preview various soccer betting markets outside of straightforward match betting markets and serve up choice soccer picks for your soccer betting thrills. Might as well maximise this ultimate occasion of the season in top-flight European club football.

Obviously, if you are amongst those loyal fans of either club you might not be dithering about your choice soccer picks. There are those soccer bettors – the so-called neutrals – that are well on the fence with this matchup, struggling to decide between this pair. If that is the case, we'd highly recommend looking at mostly periphery markets – those that involve bets irrespective of the match winner – to add to the day's bill of fare. In other words, prop up your Champions League betting thrills. But before we get into those individually below, it's worth it to sum up the current soccer betting landscape as it is in match betting markets.

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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid
It's a highly-anticipated Champions League final that reprises the 2013-2014 final between city rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. A final that the latter won in extra time to accomplish the incredible La Decima in club history and, thus, become the most successful club in the competition.

Real are making their 14th final appearance in this competition – also a record – and second in the last three seasons since beating Atletico 4-1 in extra time. Predictably, Real are the favourites to lift the trophy at -138 soccer odds at bet365.

Match betting markets are much tighter though. Real Madrid are matched at +160 to win in 90 minutes while Atletico Madrid are matched at +220 to win in 90 minutes. Both are trading on the long side of EVEN money, which is a bit of foot-dragging in the market that soccer bettors should think about before placing their soccer picks.

In their last trip to the Champions League final, Diego Simeone's lads were up 1-0 over Real, thanks to a 36th minute strike from Diego Goffin, and they defended that lead until added time when Sergio Ramos' last-gasp equaliser stunned the Red and White to the core. It was all Real Madrid from then onwards with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo ruthlessly ripping the heart out of Atletico's bid as they combined to lift Real Madrid to the 4-1 triumph.

Lessons learned might be Atletico's advantage towards defying the odds and lifting the trophy as the nominal +110 underdogs in futures markets. We can't stress that enough. It's a bet definitely worth considering given the head-to-head between this pair since that epic final showdown. Atletico Madrid went on to win five of the next 10 meetings over their illustrious neighbours with the remaining five going to four draws and just one loss.

It goes without saying, those stats are nothing to sniff at. In fact, it speaks to a confidence that Atletico Madrid now has over their city rivals, and, crucially, might not have had then. Indeed, in the 12 meetings before that fateful night in Europe, Real Madrid had won nine, drawn one and lost two meetings with Atletico. The shoe is definitely on the other foot this time around.


Prop Up Your Bets
Whichever way you slice this matchup on your soccer picks it's clear there is good reason to back either side to the momentous triumph. We're not about dissuading anybody here from their choice soccer picks, merely to recommend additional soccer picks to consider. For those neutral bettors still on the fence, these might be all around the best way to approach this game.


Both Teams To Score
There's nothing like a thrilling goal fest in a prestigious final. A rip-roaring back-and-forth affair that will have fans of both teams jumping up and down. Unfortunately, where this pair is concerned, goals can go begging. In the last four meetings, four goals were scored by the pair combined. Yikes. Two fixtures were 1-0 wins by either side while one fixture resulted in a scoreless draw. Predictably, the ‘No' option for both teams to score is trading at -125 or thereabouts depending on your choice sportsbook while the ‘Yes' option is trading at -105 soccer odds.

Smart money is most likely on the ‘No' option, but, for our money were going against the grain and backing the ‘Yes' option. The occasion demands it, not to mention the last final between this pair did deliver a feast, albeit in extra time.

Soccer Picks: Yes for Both Teams to Score at -105 at Bet365


Cristiano Ronaldo To Score
Often betting on Real Madrid begins and ends with Cristiano Ronaldo, so synonymous is the Portuguese striker with the prestigious Spanish club. He's proven to be the X-factor already in this competition, never more so than when he single-handedly rescued Real's campaign in a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg at the Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime is a tempting +120 soccer bet, while to score the first or last goals is trading at +333 soccer odds. Take your pick here, all are worth the tickle on your soccer picks.

Soccer Picks: Ronaldo to score at +120


Antoine Griezmann To Score
Over on Atletico's bench sits Antoine Griezmann, who is coming off a 33-goal season that he accredits to the superior managerial skills of Diego Simeone. The Frenchman has been crucial in Atleti's Champions League campaign as well –responsible for 50% of their netted effort, including his goal against Bayern Munich in the second leg (assisted by Fernando Torres) which drew Atletico Madrid level 2-2 on aggregate with the Bundesliga giants and, effectively, sent them into the final. He's the odds makers' favourite to score in a Red and White shirt, matched at attractive +188 to score anytime and at +500 to score first and last.

Soccer Picks: Griezmann to score anytime at +188