The most coveted prize in domestic soccer will be contested this weekend in the Champions League final, and we’re confidently supplying you with a couple of free betting picks for the elite-level final in Istanbul.
Continue reading for our betting previews and soccer odds from the UCL final involving Manchester City vs. Inter Milan.
Manchester City vs. Inter Milan Top Picks
Saturday, June 10, 2023 – 03:00 PM EDT at Atatürk Olympic Stadium
Pep Guardiola and company have enjoyed an almost perfect domestic season. Still, there’s one more stop before the Citizens can sail away into the offseason with a treble of trophies in hand – a feat that would match their Red Devilled rival’s 1999 accomplishment.
The last time a Premier League squad competed versus an Italian giant for the UCL trophy at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium, provided one of the most memorable comebacks in the competition’s history. Liverpool returned from a 3-0 deficit to defeat AC Milan on penalties in 2005, and it would seem another disappointing result for the city of Milan could be on the cards as they’re matched with an unstoppable force in Manchester City.
Man City are one win away from accomplishing the treble (EPL title, FA Cup, & Champions League), and a huge moneyline price tag in their favor isn’t surprising. Guardiola’s men are the competition’s top scorers with 31 goals, haven’t lost any of their 12 UCL appearances this term, and are arguably the best team in world soccer, while posing a significantly greater threat than in past seasons.
In contrast to their weekend opponents, Inter Milan’s Copa Italia success is their lone trophy this season, thus far. And the Champions League will be their second opportunity to take silverware back to the San Siro.
They broke from a bad domestic spell in March and have since scored in 16 of 17 fixtures in all competitions. Given City’s defensive woes away from the Etihad, Simone Inzaghi will be confident his squad can continue their fine scoring form.
With that said, we cannot put much confidence behind the Nerazzurri lifting the trophy. They lost two meetings with Bayern Munich (2-0 x2) during the group stage and have notably had the simplest path to the UCL final, whereas the Citizens ran through Munich and Real Madrid.
Champions League Final Prediction, Odds, & Trends
The current betting odds naturally favor the blue side of Manchester to win their first-ever Champions League final, and it’s challenging to argue with the currently juiced line siding with Guardiola’s men.
Man City Moneyline (-222)
I was initially opting to avoid the moneyline due to its price. However, Bet365 has presented an exceptionally greater price compared to other bookmakers, and it’s too tempting to ignore.
As mentioned, Inter was gifted the easiest path to the UCL final. They’ve faced none of Europe’s giants in their journey to Saturday’s competition closing fixture, as Benfica, Porto, and their rivals AC Milan were significantly easier playoff clashes than Man City’s domineering successes over RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid.
The Citizens have flourished under pressure – unlike past seasons – and considering they’re unbeaten in the UCL competition this term, it’s difficult to envision an Inter Milan squad that failed to win any of their six away games in all competitions between February and April overcoming this unstoppable Manchester unit that’s lost a mere six games in all matches since August 2022.
Both Teams to Score (-105)
Despite the expectations of a Man City win, the blue side of Milan can undoubtedly put themselves on the scoresheet.
With City allowing at least 1 goal in 6 of their previous 7 away games and Inter scoring in 16 of their last 17, a price of -105 for both teams to score is a perfect wagering position for those finding the moneyline an undesirable price.
- Manchester City are unbeaten in 12 consecutive Champions League games.
- Manchester City have gone undefeated in 17 of their previous 18 UCL appearances.
- Inter Milan lost 2 Champions League group stage fixtures versus Bayern Munich.
- Manchester City defeated Bayern Munich 4-1 in the UCL quarterfinals.
- Manchester City has conceded at least one goal in 6 of their last 7 games away from home.
- Inter Milan has scored in 16 of their previous 17 games in all competitions.
Score Prediction: Manchester City 3 – Inter Milan 1
UCL Final Best Bet: Manchester City ML (-222) at Bet365
UCL Final Best Bet: Both Teams Score (-105) at Caesars Sportsbook