King of Stats: All the numbers ahead of Champions League final
The greatest spectacle in club football is heading to London as Wembley hosts its second Champions League final in three years.
As excitement reaches fever pitch, the reigning monarch in the kingdom of stats has donned his crown and septa to pinpoint the trends that are going to make you rich whilst savouring the German-centric showpiece.
26 – Of the 100 times in which these two German mammoths have locked tusks, Dortmund – the smaller, yellow and black one – have emerged victorious just over 25 per cent of the time. A 27th win for die Borussian is on offer at 7/2.
6 – Should the Wembley extravaganza end up all-square at full time, back the tie to go to penalties. Each of the previous six instances in which the 90 minutes of the Champions League final have produced a draw, it has been settled via the penalty shootout lottery and a price of 9/1 is on offer for either team to prevail in this manner this time around.
0 – Those who fancy this Bayern Munich team to squeeze into the Kings of Europe’s throne might be well served punting along the above lines. Of the previous six finals they’ve contested, they haven’t won a single one in regulation time.
5 – This is the minimum number of yellow cards that trigger-happy Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli has brandished in each of the four Champions League games he’s officiated this term. A price of 7/5 must be snapped up for there to be over four yellows shown at Wembley.
4 – Taking the word of the most recent finals, this tie won’t produce the goal-fest all us neutrals are craving. Four of the previous five finales have yielded fewer than 2.5 goals, the Barcelona versus Manchester United Wembley date of two years ago providing the anomaly. Unders backers can get paid out at 20/21 here.
3 – This is the exact number of goals scored in six of the previous 14 finals. It may not look like much of a trend but, fear not, the King of Stats would never sell his subjects short. The closest common denominator to three goals is two, which has only occurred three times across the same timeframe. In keeping with this sequence, Ladbrokes are offering 3/1 on a total of three goals being scored in 90 minutes.
8 – Excluding Milan and Juventus’ best efforts to bore us into becoming rugby fans with a 0-0 back in 2002/03, eight of the previous 12 finals have seen the side that’s opened the scoring go on to lift the trophy. Dortmund are 8/5 to bag the first goal, while Bayern weigh in at 4/7.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date