Atletico Madrid’s wage bill is a fifth of Real Madrid and Barcelona, although that hasn’t stopped Diego Simeone’s side from claiming the Primera Liga title, with the Mattress Makers now heading to Lisbon hoping to follow up this sensational triumph with a Champions League win against Real.
Based on the Spanish league standings, there is plenty to be said for backing Atletico at odds of 14/5 with bet365 free bet to win in ninety minutes. This is a team who have finished three points clear of Barca and Real this term, having won 28 of their 38 matches this term.
Simeone’s side are particularly strong in defence and conceded just 26 times domestically, although they are no slouches with 77 goals scored and Diego Costa is the sort of forward who can rough up the Real Madrid defence and help the “underdogs” to victory.
Costa could face a race to be fit for the final after limping off during Saturday’s title decider, with Arda Turan also getting a knock against Barcelona which made Atletico’s 1-1 draw even more impressive, with Thibaut Courtois praising the character of his team.
"It was a very hard game. Nobody gave a chance to us because after last week, we thought that Barca just had to win against us," he told Sky Sports.
"They were really ready for this game and after 20 minutes we lost two important players for us, but the players who came in did good jobs.
"We went 1-0 behind and second half, the way we came back was great. Then we had to suffer. We suffered and we won."
William Hill offer 17/10 about Atletico lifting the trophy and there is no pressure on them heading into this final, having won the domestic title.
Real Madrid are a best price 19/20 to follow up their Copa del Rey success with a ninety minute win in this game, although it could be a tense affair. Atletico will be determined to stop Cristiano Ronaldo playing and hope that the likes of David Villa and Costa can strike when the iron is hot.
Atletico have had the upper hand over the two La Liga clashes this term, claiming a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu before the two Madrid sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Vicente Calderon.
However, Real won a Copa del Rey tie by 5-0 on aggregate, with Carlo Ancelotti hoping that his team can take advantage of an Atletico side who have been busting a gut to claim the title this season.
Coral offer 10/3 about Ronaldo scoring the first goal of the match and we all know he can be a match-winner from the slightest half-chance.