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Tight tussle will suit Juve in fantastic finale

SO what does happen when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

No, I’ve no idea, either. Probably should have paid more attention at school but it’s not easy concentrating on physics when you’re trying to run a book every week on Year 11’s cross-country.

But it’s definitely a question worth posing ahead of a Champions League showdown between Real Madrid and Juventus. Real Madrid, the side who batter everybody and score goals for fun, against Juve, the side who don’t get battered by anybody and keep clean sheets for fun.

We’re in for some fun in Cardiff – and it’s not often you get to say that.

First things first, I fancy Juve. Good enough to play Barcelona twice and not concede a goal, this is one well-drilled defensive unit, who just don’t buckle. But they also carry a threat going forward.

Real are all about going forward. They have scored in every match for almost 14 months so it says a lot about what Juve bring to the party that both teams to score and over 2.5 goals are both odds-against.

But here’s a stat. Eight of Juventus’ 12 matches in the competition have produced two goals or fewer and throw in the magnitude of the occasion and I can’t see this being a goals feast.

Juventus are cute; cute enough to get this won by the odd goal. It’s a 1-0 Juventus win for me.

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Match in Focus


Doncaster v Bradford

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Doncaster have won only two of 12 home matches against teams currently above them in League One
Expert verdict
Two teams struggling for wins meet at the Keepmoat Stadium and it could pay to back the draw when Doncaster host Bradford in a Yorkshire derby. Neither team is easy to trust with Donny slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone, sitting 17th only four points from trouble, while Bradford are down to 11th, seven points off the playoff pace.