Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Di Maria, Illarramendi, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have recovered from their injuries and will be fit for Saturday, while Pepe and Karim Benzema remain slight doubts, but are likely to be featured.
Xabi Alonso will miss out due to suspension.
Atletico Madrid: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Luis; Turan, Tiago, Gabi, Koke; Villa, Gracia.
Atletico confirmed that Arda Turan and Diego Costa will be included in the squad, as both have returned to training on Thursday.
Costa, who went to see ‘placenta doctor’ Marijana Kovacevic in a bid to be match fit, is likely to start on the bench, while Turan is tipped to be fit enough for a starting berth.
When Europe’s finest footballers meet on Saturday in Lisbon for the Champions League final, history will be made long before Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers blows the starting whistle.
Never before have two teams from the same city faced each other in any of the European Cup finals. Moreover, this is only the second time an all Spanish Champions League final will be held, after Real and Valencia met back in 2000 in Stade de France in Paris.
For Atletico, these past few days seem like a story taken from a fairytale.
After managing to break the 10 year old Barca/Real duopoly in La Liga and winning the Championship last week, they are now given the opportunity to place the cherry atop an already sensational season and challenge their most bitter rival. Madrid is no longer an undisputed Real fortitude.
Earlier this week, Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti had confirmed that both of his superstars, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the final, while Xabi Alonos will have to miss with a suspension.
Diego Simeone is still hoping Diego Costa and Arda Turan will be fit on time for Saturday’s clash, but it’s not looking good as of today. Although both have returned to training ahead of Saturday, it appears only Turan could make an appearance in the starting lineup, while Costa – even if fit – will start on the bench. Raul Garcia is likely to replace the Rojiblancos top scorer up front.
Real will be looking to end their 12 year drought and win their 10th Champions League/European Cup title, while Atletico will attempt to add a further sensation to their resume and bag their first.
Sit back. It should be a cracker!
Prediction: Real Madrid 2 – Atletico Madrid 1
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Some essential facts to help with online betting:
Real Madrid have been in 12 previous finals, winning 9 and losing 3.
The last time Real Madrid lifted the Champions League Trophy was back in 2002 when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden Park in Scotland.
Real Madrid have a goal per match average of 3.08, a full goal more than Atletico Madrid with 2.08.
Atletico Madrid have never won a Champions League title.
From 31 meetings, Atletico have won only 9.7% of the time, Real Madrid won 80.6% of the time.