Bitcoin Betting: Champions League Final Preview

Welcome to our preview for the biggest game of the football club season. Before we transfer all our thoughts towards the Euro 2020, we get to watch the final of the Champions League. We have an English final once again as both sides look to create history. Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel will face off for the ultimate prize in European club football as the Premier League rivals battle it out in Porto for the European Cup. Man City are looking to complete a treble after already lifting the Premier League and Carabao Cup this season, while Chelsea could end a dramatic campaign on a high. This is the one trophy which has eluded Guardiola so far at City, and winning it would further cement his credentials as the best coach in the business. The pressure is even greater because the Manchester Blues have never won the Champions League.

Champions League Final
Champions League Final

We expect Bitcoin Betting to be just as popular as it has been so far. We are in for a fantastic final that could go either way. Manchester City are favorites because on paper, they have the strongest team in the world. On top of that, all their players are fit and ready to play in the final. The Citizens have never won the Champions League which means no one can top their motivation. Manchester City have a shot at winning a treble, a feat that only one other English side has managed – Manchester United. On the other hand, we have Chelsea who have had a turbulent season. They almost missed out on UCL football for next season and lost the FA Cup final. Winning here will make their season a huge success. For more information about the final, check the official UCL website.

Champions League Team News, Squads & Predicted Line-ups

How did both teams get to the final?

Manchester City

Manchester City had a relatively straight forward group, facing Marseille, Porto, and Olympiakos. They brushed aside their 3 rivals simply in 5 wins, with the one draw coming away in Porto on match day 5. This saw City once again through to the last 16 of the competition. This time, the opposition came in the form of Borussia Monchengladbach. A straightforward 2-0 win away in Germany, and the same score line back at the Etihad saw The Citizens through to face another German side, Borussia Dortmund.

The headlines were surrounding Erling Haaland and the rumors surrounding the Norwegian linking him to Manchester, however another hot prospect stole the show. Phil Foden scored home and away to ensure City made it through to the Semi Final, beating the Germans 4-2 on aggregate. The final step toward Istanbul, saw City head to the city of love, Paris. After a shaky first half, the real City shone through, and goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez secured two important away goals, and a 2-1 lead heading back to Manchester. The Algerian scored another brace, to send City through to their first ever Champions League final, and defeat the Parisians 4-1 on aggregate. A score line that sent shockwaves around Europe.

Chelsea

Much like Manchester City, The Blues had a nice and simple group on paper, facing Sevilla, Krasnodar and Stade Rennais. A stunning 4-0 win over Sevilla saw Chelsea top the group with 14 points, with the two blemishes on the record being draws at home to Sevilla and Krasnodar. Between the group stage and the round of 16, Chelsea sacked club legend Frank Lampard and hired Thomas Tuchel. Atletico Madrid were next up for Chelsea, and a strong 1-0 win away in Madrid set things up nicely for them. Another clean sheet, and inch perfect performance saw them cruise to a 2-0 win at home, sending them through 3-0 on aggregate. Porto faced Manchester City in the group stages, and the Portuguese side stood in the way of Chelsea in the quarter finals.

Both legs were played in the same stadium, Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, so there was no real home advantage. A straightforward 2-0 win in the first leg pretty much saw Chelsea through barring any mistakes. The second leg was like a training exercise for The Blues, however they did concede a last minute screamer from Mehdi Taremi, but went through 2-1. Another side from Madrid stood in their way of a third Champions League Final, and Los Galacticos were the Semi Final opponents. Real Madrid are the most successful side in European Football, but the youthful Chelsea made them look average. A 1-1 draw in Madrid was fairly flattering to the home team, and Chelsea dominated back at Stamford Bridge, winning 2-0. The all English final was set up.

Team News

Josep Guardiola is no stranger to a selection curveball in big games, but the most obvious question marks appear to be over the identities of his left-back and holding midfielder. Oleksandr Zinchenko and club captain Fernandinho got the nod for the semi-final second leg, providing leadership and a greater accent on defense; João Cancelo and Rodri are more attacking options. Man City have little to worry about in terms of injury problems, with Ilkay Gundogan allaying fears he could miss out after being forced off against Brighton.

While all seemed well and settled for the Blues when they beat Real Madrid and then followed that up with a Premier League win against City, they’ve since lost three of the last four, including the FA Cup final, leading Tuchel to admit they were “lucky” that Spurs’ win at Leicester secured a top-four finish. There have been injury worries over two key men – midfield star Kanté suffered a hamstring injury and missed the defeat to Aston Villa, while Mendy went off with a rib injury in the loss at Villa Park – but both were involved in training on Wednesday.

Predicted Line-ups

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Zinchenko; Bernardo Silva, Fernandinho, Gündoğan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Foden.

Chelsea: Mendy; Christensen, Thiago Silva, Rüdiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kanté, Chilwell; Pulišić, Werner, Mount.

Champions League Predictions & Bitcoin Betting Tips

Manchester City vs Chelsea

The Estádio do Dragão in Porto plays host to the 66th showpiece final of Europe’s premier club competition after the game was switched from Istanbul. With Manchester City aiming to become the 23rd different club to be crowned European champions in their Champions League (UCL) final bow and Chelsea looking to become the 13th multi-time champions, this third-ever all-English final could be a typically tense affair. Although their recent four-game form looks problematic (W2, L2), City did wrap up the Premier League title nearly three weeks ago, and 11 wins from 12 UCL games this season – six that saw City score before the 20th minute – shows exceptional continental form.

However, City have lost to Chelsea twice since mid-April, two results that have contributed to an astonishing 40-game run without a draw (W35, L5). One of those was a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat, but the three games since in which City conceded first they bounced back to win – they’ve won six of the last seven UCL games that saw them concede first too.

Chelsea’s previous two UCL finals have been decided by penalties (W1, L1), and considering their overall record in UEFA shootouts (W2, L4) compared to City’s (W2), the 2012 champions will hope to avoid that fate here. However the ‘Blues’ are yet to concede over 1.5 goals in a UCL game this term so should be tough to break down, albeit that statistic is true for City’s robust European defense too. With Chelsea leading at HT in seven of their eight UCL wins this campaign, starting well in this first European H2H for 50 years appears imperative. Especially so, as Chelsea have failed to score before HT in five straight competitive matches (W2, L3), and five of the last seven H2Hs.

Prediction

City come into the game on the back of a resounding 5-0 win over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season and have won seven of our last 10 games in all competitions. They reached the final following a 4-1 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain, staging a stunning fightback to win 2-1 in the first leg in the French capital before completing the job with an impressive 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea guaranteed their place in the Champions League next season with a fourth place finish in the Premier League, despite losing 2-1 to Aston Villa in their final game of the season. That was their third defeat in four matches in all competitions, which included missing out in the FA Cup final against Leicester City. The West London outfit having won five of their previous 10 fixtures ahead of Saturday’s meeting.

Even most Chelsea fans would accept that City are favorites to win in Porto, but both sides have more than enough quality to lift the trophy on the day. Tuchel has marked himself out as something of a specialist against other top managers, but Chelsea’s limp FA Cup Final defeat and subsequent League defeat at Villa Park will be a big concern. We all saw how Chelsea look when Kante is not playing. They couldn’t even defeat Villa and City are a totally different animal. We believe that the outcome of the UCL final will depend on whether Kante is able to perform at 100%. Without him, Manchester City are absolute favorites to win the game. For that reason, we are backing a Home Side Victory @ 1.90 odds.

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Coinbet24 Europa League Predictions and Bitcoin Betting

The Coinbet24 bitcoin sportsbook offers a broad selection of betting types and markets for the Champions League. You will find bet types like HT/FT, handicap, moneyline bets, correct score betting, totals, both teams to score, over/under bets, Asian handicap, winner and total score bets, and much more. On top of that, there is a huge selection of fantastic special offers. Keep in mind that you can bet on all of these fixture while using bitcoin.

Here, you will be able to see how putting the above mentioned bet on a Coinbet24 bet slip. Of course, you can combine it with other games but the odds are good enough for a single bet as well. To the right, you will be able to see our prediction on the Champions League final on a bet slip.

Bet Slip
Bet Slip

For more Champions League markets and additional tournaments, visit our Bitcoin Sportsbook.

Leave a Comment