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Planet football will be focussed on the Dragao Stadium in Porto on Saturday night, as Manchester City and Chelsea do battle in the final of the Champions League.
It promises to be an epic encounter featuring some of the best players on Earth. With the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic on show, entertainment is guaranteed, but the big questions are: Who will come out on top and what is the best Champions League betting tip for the game?
Our Champions League betting tips carefully assess the fixture, so we can give you our prediction. Whether you support either Chelsea or Manchester City, or are just watching the game as an interested neutral, you are in the perfect place for the best Champions League betting tips UK customers can find.
With two trophies already in the cabinet, it has been a fantastic year for Manchester City whatever happens in Portugal. However, victory on Saturday would make it the greatest season in the club’s history. This is City’s first ever appearance in the final and the way they demolished Paris Saint Germain in the semi final suggests that this is the main focus of their season. Should they win at the Dragao, there will be little doubt that City are the best club side in world football.
City finished their Premier League campaign in cosmic fashion with a 5-0 demolition of Everton. That game saw City legend Sergio Aguero mark his last ever appearance at the Etihad with two goals. Aguero will be hoping to get a chance to mark his final City game with a goal.
Two cup finals and qualification for the Champions League represents an excellent return for Thomas Tuchel from his first five months at Stamford Bridge. But the German will be desperate to make up for the disappointment of losing the FA Cup Final, which saw the Blues succumb 1-0 to Leicester City in a tight encounter. Tuchel also suffered defeat in the final of this competition last season, as his Paris Saint Germain side were defeated 1-0 by Bayern Munich.
Chelsea have enjoyed a largely untroubled path to the final, mainly due to a rock solid defence, which has conceded just one goal in six knockout games. The problems for Tuchel’s side are at the other end of the pitch. German striker Timo Werner has struggled for form and goals all season, whilst his fellow forwards have not been finding the net on a regular basis. Defensive midfielder Jorginho is Chealsea’s leading scorer in the Premier League with just seven goals.
The two sides have clashed twice in recent weeks, with Chelsea coming out on top both times. They defeated City 1-0 in the FA Cup semi final thanks to a second half strike from Hakim Ziyech, before winning 1-2 at the Etihad earlier this month. That Premier League victory saw them come from behind with goals from Ziyech and a late winner from Marcus Alonso.
City’s most recent success in the fixture was an emphatic 1-3 win at Stamford Bridge in January. Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin de Bruyne netted first half goals before Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a late consolation for the Blues.
Our Champions League betting tips are carefully compiled and aimed at giving your profits an out of this world boost. In putting together our Champions League betting tips, we carefully study the predicted line ups for both sides and take a deep dive into the relevant statistics.
In our opinion, the best Champions League betting tip UK customers can take advantage of is for Manchester City to win the final by one goal.
If the two recent encounters between the sides are anything to go by, this is going to be a tight game. Despite the array of attacking players at their disposal, both sides have been indebted to their rock solid defences this season. Ederson and Edouard Mendy are amongst the best keepers in Europe, whilst defensive stars like Ruben Dias, John Stones and Antonio Rudiger have all enjoyed excellent seasons.
Given the struggles of Werner and his fellow Chelsea forwards, we’re edging towards City here. It’s highly conceivable to the Blues failing to find the net, but despite Chelsea’s strong backline, we can’t see them keeping de Brune, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and co at bay for 90 minutes.
It all points towards a narrow City victory. Bet365 are currently offering 3.65 on a City victory by one goal and that is our Champions League betting tip for the game.