Holders Real 5-6 to rule Europe once again

NO team have ever successfully defended the Champions League trophy but Real Madrid are odds-on to do just that after setting up a final against Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.

Bookmakers rate Real 5-6 favourites to lift the trophy with Juventus at 11-10 and Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale could recover from a calf injury to take his place in a hometown final.

“He is recovering well and there is time for him to be ready for the final,” Zidane told the Real website. “I hope he’s ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything. We’re a better team when he plays.”

Arsenal are hoping to qualify for next season’s Champions League and Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Southampton gives the Gunners a shot at finishing in the Premier League’s top four.

Arsene Wenger’s side are 5-2 and should they win their last three games (Stoke away, Sunderland and Everton home) it would require 4-11 Liverpool to win at West Ham and then beat Middlesbrough at home.

Match in Focus


West Brom v Liverpool

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • West Brom have scored in their last eight home games
Expert verdict
West Brom upset Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield in January but they are unlikely to repeat the trick against the rampant Reds in their league clash at the Hawthorns. The Baggies sit bottom of the league and their fate looks all but sealed despite last weekend’s 1-0 win at Manchester United. Liverpool could be slightly distracted by Tuesday's Champions League semi-final but should still come out on top.



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