With both the Champions League and Championship play-off finals taking place in just a matter of hours, Saturday truly will be one of the great days in the football calendar.
We’ve combined our selections from Saturday’s epic showdowns with one more pick from Spain to produce this tempting treble that pays over 13/2 with William Hill.
It’s set to be a thrilling day of action, let’s hope it’s a profitable one too!
Real Madrid V Atletico Madrid. Champions League Final
Saturday’s highlight undoubtedly comes from Lisbon as Madrid rivals Real and Atletico do battle for the biggest prize in club football.
Atletico enter the match fresh from securing a first domestic title since 1996, but Diego Simeone’s men will have the work cut out if they want to complete a historic double. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti is hoping to create history himself by leading the Blancos to their 10th European Cup triumph – if Real do win then they would be the first club to reach this landmark achievement.
The pair have met four times already this season with Real winning twice and Atletico winning once. Their most recent meeting ended in a 2-2 draw at the Vicente Calderon.
Both teams have major stars fighting for fitness, but it would appear that Cristiano Ronaldo’s chances of playing are far greater than Diego Costa’s – that could prove to be all the difference.
This will be an epic final between two fantastic clubs. However, we expect the Blancos to rule the city, and Europe, once more.
Real Madrid Win @ 10/11 with William Hill
Derby County V QPR. Championship Play-Off Final
If the main event in Lisbon is Saturday’s highlight then the contest at Wembley is surely a decent opening act.
Steve McClaren’s Derby face QPR for a place in next season’s Premier League and the former England manager can erase the memories of ‘brolly-gate’ by leading the Rams back to the top-flight.
It would also be quite ironic if County do prevent QPR from promotion as McClaren only left his role as one of Harry Redknapp’s assistants after Derby had sacked Nigel Clough back in late September. At that stage, the Rams were miles off the pace but vast improvements under McClaren means they are now just 90 minutes away from returning to the Premier League.
Derby entered these play-offs as the form side and continued that with their impressive 6-2 aggregate win over Brighton in the semi-final. Meanwhile, the Rams also finished third in the table and will believe that they are worthy candidates to join Leicester and Burnley in promotion.
QPR are by no means a bad side and will be buoyant after knocking out Wigan in extra-time. However, the Rams have won seven of their last eight matches and will be an extremely difficult opponent.
Expect McClaren to finally earn his redemption.
Derby County Win @ 13/10 with William Hill
Sporting Gijon V Barcelona B. Spanish Segunda
While the rest of Europe tunes in to the other Spanish affair, Segunda sides Sporting Gijon and Barcelona B will be more concerned with their afternoon meeting at El Molinon.
The lesser known Roji Blancos will be looking to give their promotion hopes a timely boost against Barca B and will very much fancy their chances after winning two home games on the spin. Abelardo Fernandez’s side have a chance to join their opponents on 60 points, which would virtually secure their place in the end of season play-offs.
Meanwhile, the visitors know that the Segunda title is not a real possibility. Due to regulations, they cannot join Barcelona’s first team in La Liga so finishing in the play-offs carries no purpose to Eusebio Sacristan’s men. Their incentive in this fixture is nil.
Regardless of that fact, Barca B have lost more than they’ve won outside of the Mini Nou Camp and have lost both of their previous visits to Sporting Gijon. Three points could be vital for the hosts as they aim for a return to La Liga, they should perform strongly here.
Sporting Gijon Win @ ¾ with William Hill
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