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Excitement is building ahead of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea on Saturday as two of England’s biggest names prepare to go head-to-head for club football’s most prestigious piece of silverware.
Pep Guardiola’s Citizens are aiming to make history in their first ever appearance in the competition’s climactic fixture, while two-time finalists and one-time winners Chelsea will hope to tread the same path to victory as their predecessors.
Ahead of the action, we’ve surfed the best same-game multi markets to pick out a huge 47/1 bet builder tip for the Champions League final. Check out our selection below!
Remember – you can find a detailed analysis of Saturday’s showpiece showdown in our Manchester City vs Chelsea predictions.
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Chelsea managed to upset the odds in each of their last two encounters with Manchester City, though bettors that believe Thomas Tuchel has the tactical acumen to outthink Pep Guardiola should really think twice.
The Citizens fielded heavily rotated teams in each of their last-season reverses to the Blues and with their star turns restored to the XI, the recently crowned Premier League champions should be a far deadlier prospect.
Chelseameanwhile, limped over the line domestically with three defeats in four games – including a hugely disappointing FA Cup final loss to Leicester – and their confidence could be fragile as a result.
Back Manchester City to finally land the trophy they have craved the most.
In the always interesting shot markets, Belgian maestro Kevin de Bruyne and Chelsea schemer Mason Mount both stand out as candidates worth backing.
In the Citizens’ fluid striker-less system, de Bruyne tops the pile in the Champions League for average attempts (2.9) and ranks second for average attempts on target (1.0) per game this season with his numbers padded out by his set-piece responsibilities.
Mount’s overall figures for the campaign pale in comparison, though the increasingly influential midfielder has offered much more final third threat in the last throes of the campaign.
The 22-year-old mustered at least one effort on target in each of his last five appearances for the Blues, and both he and de Bruyne are priced generously to test Saturday’s goalkeepers with at least one shot on target again.
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez was wrapped in cotton wool for Man City’s last two meetings with Chelsea, though the 30-year-old should be one of the first names on the teamsheet for Saturday’s Champions League final.
Mahrez was City’s tie-turner in the semi-finals against PSG when he notched three times over two legs to oust the Parisians, and the ex-Leicester star converted from the spot against Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.
The fleet-footed attacker can conjure up match-defining moments of individual brilliance and his habit of finding the net in the biggest games makes him one to watch in the anytime scorer markets this weekend.
Only defensive stalwart Cezar Azpilicueta has averaged more tackles per game in the Champions League than his Chelsea teammate Jorginho this season, though the sitting midfielder is out on his own in the card stakes.
Jorginho has picked up four bookings on the continent this season, two of which were accumulated in the competition’s knockout rounds.
The 29-year-old should have plenty of work to get through against Manchester City’s forward thinking midfield operators on Saturday and Jorginho’s no-nonsense approach to possession disruption could land him in trouble again.
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