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The showpiece final of the European football season might be taking place 3 months later than expected – and inside an empty stadium – but that will mean no less excitement for bettors. Here are three Champions League final trends worth tucking up your sleeve for the big game:
Expect a cagey 1st half
Since the competition was rebranded as the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in 1993, only 19% of finals have seen a goal from each team in the first half, meanwhile, almost 70% of goals are scored in the second half of finals.
Maybe it’s the big occasion nerves but whatever the reason, history tells us betting on goals in the 1st half is not a smart play.
Players stay disciplined on the big occasion
Champions League finals historically produce a sparsity of red cards – with just 3 in the last 27 years!
There’s been just 1 yellow card shown in the last 2 finals combined. 180 minutes of soccer and just one booking! It seems cooler heads are in the order of duty when the stakes are so high.
Extra time is rarely decisive
In the previous 27 UCL finals, only once has the trophy been decided in extra time. On 7 of the 8 occasions extra time has been needed, there have been no goals scored in the additional 30 minutes.
If the match is tied after 90 minutes of normal time – the smart money will be backing a penalty shootout.
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