When one nation monopolises the Champions League final it offers not only the chance to reflect on the brilliance of its teams, but a rich well of form with which punters can refresh their memories.
Real Madrid are favourites at 91/100 to claim victory in normal time, the draw is 7/2 while Atletico Madrid out in the cold, unfancied realm of the 14/5 underdog.
So are previous meetings during a campaign that ends in a duel for ‘old big ears’ useful betting portents?
Yes…and they lean towards a Real Madrid win in which they score at least twice, with exactly two normal-time Los Blancos strikes the best bet at 15/4.
Just last year German duo FC Bayern Munchen and Borussia Dortmund butted heads for the fifth time that season, with the ledger showing a 2-1 victory for the former.
FCB had won two and drawn two of their previous four clashes, three of which saw both teams score, with both prior victories coming by single goal margins.
In 2008, Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties after a 1-1 draw in their fourth tussle of the campaign.
The finalists had shared an identically-scored stalemate in their previous neutral territory clash in the Community Shield, with United winning in a shoot-out.
Like those English adversaries, penalties were needed to separate Juventus and Milan after a regular season in each had claimed a win over the other.
Four prior ‘El Derbi Madrileno’ meetings this term offer a solid bank of recent evidence to sift through.
It’s probably best not to place too much emphasis on Atleti’s 1-0 Santiago Bernabeu win in September as Carlo Ancelotti was still making the team his own.
Since then Los Blancos have fired at least twofold in three successive meetings with Diego Simeone’s side, twice winning to nil and drawing the most recent edition.
Given Real’s previously-exhibited aptitude for cracking Los Palanganas’ normally super-stringent rearguard, backing them to strike twice is the best bet from their seasonal head-to-head.