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

15:00 Sa 25Nov

C Palace v Stoke

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Key stats
  • Palace’s only five points of the season have come from their last three home games
Expert verdict
Things are slowly picking up for Crystal Palace, who have beaten Chelsea and drawn with West Ham and Everton in their last three games at Selhurst Park. A home clash with Stoke looks winnable for the Eagles as the Potters have conceded 20 goals in their last eight league matches.

 

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