Paddy’s teamed up with that extremely savvy sort from Twitter, Andy Robson, to bring you all the stats you need to know ahead of the Champions League final in one very handy cheat sheet.
In case you don’t know, Andy’s one of the top football tipsters – the top, even? – in the game and has taken Paddy to the cleaners quite a few times with some cracking bets.
So our philosophy is, if you can’t ’em, join ’em.
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With that in mind, we thought you could do with Andy’s insights on some crucial numbers to build your own bets on Europe’s biggest showpiece.
We’ve got a smashing cheat sheet that looks at some of the big numbers and trends that could point you in the direction of a few winning bets.
So if you’re looking for a shrewd selection or two for Chelsea v City on Saturday night, we’ve got all you need to know right here.
And just to give you a start, might we suggest a few bets worth your while?
No? Well we’re going to whether you like it or not.
As with any huge game, the first thing that stands out is… the ref.
Well, maybe not, but Mr Lahoz throws cards around like the Joker with a magic set in La Liga – over 4.5 per game – so we’ll expect a few yellows at least, and over 3.5 cards looks good, especially with two Premier League teams going head-to-head.
One of those likely to end up in the ref’s notebook looks to be Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta. The Spaniard will likely face up against the seemingly unstoppable force that is Phil Foden, who, looking at the stats, draws almost two fouls per game. It could a long night for the Blues’ captain, and we’ll add take him to be booked.
But it’s not all about filthy tackles and desperate lunges, we should see some great attackers do their stuff too, and there aren’t many better than Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian averages just over 3.5 shots per game and we think he’s well worth a punt to get at least one on target on Saturday night.
A Bet Builder on those three bets adds up to a nice price around 7/1, but if you really wanted to go for a big win you could back De Bruyne to have two or more shots on target and the man of the moment, Phil Foden, to have 1 shot on target – he averages just over 1 per game, so, y’know, its a decent shout…
Those four bets add up to around 38/1 and would make for a very nice Saturday evening, whatever the result.
But you don’t have to follow our advice. Just have a gander at Andy’s Cheat Sheet and build your own bet if you like – click or tap for a bigger image
Our picks based on Andy’s Cheat Sheet:
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