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The day is upon us with Manchester City and Inter Milan locking horns in Istanbul to be crowned champions of Europe. Pep Guardiola’s side are overwhelming favourites to seal their maiden Champions League title, but Simone Inzaghi and Inter will be quietly confident of posing a stern test.
There are so many angles of attack to consider heading into the game and bookmakers will have taken extra care in setting their prices. Therefore, taking advantage of offers and free bets can be an exciting and sensible choice to enhance your enjoyment of the big occasion. You can take on up to £80 worth of free bets by following the links in this article.
Along with some other Man City vs Inter Milan free bet considerations that will be detailed below there are some hefty signup deals that you may want to take advantage of, including bet365‘s latest opportunity to unlock £30 worth of free bets:
Man City vs Inter Milan Free Bet 1
The first free bet that you may utilise ahead of the Champions League Final is available to new customers only with Sky Bet. Creating an account, depositing £5 or more, then placing a bet of a minimum stake of 5p will unlock three £10 free bets.
You do not have to worry about the free bets expiring and they could be used to chance your arm with three picks on the encounter in Istanbul. Further terms and conditions can be found via the offer below.
With three free £10 bets we have found an enticing price to take on in the final by delving into the player cards market.
With Szymon Marciniak showing his willingness to show cards, we expect there to be plenty on display in Turkey. Both teams’ knockout games averaged over four cards, with Marciniak showing five cards the last time he refereed Man City (semi final vs Real Madrid). The Pole also showed six and five in the two UCL games he has refereed of Inter Milan this season.
The first player that stands out for a card is Matteo Darmian. The makeshift centre back will be covering for the marauding Denzel Dumfries and may be isolated against skilful Jack Grealish. Teams often target the tricky winger, and we are expecting no different on Saturday night.
Bernardo Silva’s added defensive responsibilities in big games comes at a price, with seven of his ten cards this season for club and country coming in cup competitions. The 28-year-old was also booked vs Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, with the Portuguese winger prone to overstepping the mark on big occasions.
Marcelo Brozovic is also a prime candidate for a card. The combative Croatian has 13 starts this season and will be tasked with stopping a Man City midfield stacked with attacking flair.
Marcelo Brozovic, Matteo Darmian and Bernardo Silva to be carded @ 45/1 with Sky Bet.
£10 free bet returns £450.
Tackles and Offsides Double
Pep Guardiola is known for tinkering and ‘overthinking’ in big games, but with Manchester City rampant since the change of system, don’t expect too much change from the Mancunians. This means Bernardo Silva is likely to retain his place in the side ahead of Riyad Mahrez. Silva has been a key cog in a tremendous season for the club, chipping in with 12 goal contributions in all competitions. On top of this, the 28-year-old provides balance and defensive stability to an attack-minded side. Therefore, Guardiola is likely to trust Silva on the right side of midfield.
As mentioned, Silva’s defensive work is imperative in this system, with the winger averaging 2.3 tackles per game in KO games (EFL, FA Cup and UCL) this season. He has hit 2+ tackles in seven of ten matches, including an incredible eight in a man of the match performance vs Bayern Munich in the quarter finals.
Inter Milan play a compact style of football, with Simone Inzaghi favouring a 3-5-2, meaning the majority of the width is provided by the marauding wing backs. Federico Dimarco has provided three assists in his last three UCL starts, so Inzaghi will be looking at the 25-year-old for creativity. He is in for an intriguing battle against Bernardo Silva, who should rack up tackles against the flying Italian.
Both sides tend to increase offside numbers in continental competitions, with Inter Milan’s match average from their last 20 league games climbing from 2.6 per game to 3.4 when in Europe. Manchester City’s last 20 match offside numbers also increase, with the league total at 2.85 per match (last 20) increasing to 3.35.
Bernardo Silva 2+ tackles and 3+ match offsides @ 3.25 with Sky Bet.
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Pro-City bet builder
With Manchester City by far and away the best team in England this season, swooping up the domestic double with ease, full focus will be on a historic treble. Guardiola’s side have steamrolled plenty of teams so far in the competition, putting three past Bayern Munich, four past Real Madrid and Sevilla, five past Copenhagen and seven past RB Leipzig thus far. Their goalscoring antics were also repeated in the league, scoring a league-high 94 goals in 38 games. Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland is a major reason for this, with 58 goals in 58 appearances – he will be hoping to add to this tally.
You only have to delve deeper into Man City’s record this season to see just how astonishing their goalscoring record is. City have 43 wins from 59 games in all competitions, scoring 148 goals at an average of 2.5 per game. With the difference in quality between the two sides, City will be aiming to kill off Inter Milan before the closing exchanges.
Marciniak has shown 3+ cards in 28/32 games, with both Manchester City and Inter Milan seeing their knockout games having 3+ cards in five of six.
Man City to Win, Over 1.5 goals and 30+ booking points @ 2.20 with Sky Bet.
£10 free bet returns £12.
Man City vs Inter Milan Free Bet 2
The next new customer offer that can be taken advantage of ahead of the Champions League final comes from Paddy Power.
They are offering a refund on your first bet on the sportsbook as a new customer, for stakes of up to £30, effectively presenting a risk-free punt for bettors. The bets themselves must be at odds of evens or greater and only stakes deposited using cards are eligible, so avoid using Apple Pay or other smart pay options.
Further terms and conditions can be found via the offer below.
Big Price on Erling Haaland
Now it wouldn’t be a tipping article without mentioning Norwegian hotshot Erling Haaland. The prolific striker has notched 58 goals in 58 games since his summer arrival from Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old is the perfect all-round striker, with plenty of strings to his bow with 23 right footed goals, seven headed and six with his right foot in the Premier League. Standing at 6ft 4in, Haaland is a physical specimen, and his height may be Guardiola’s secret weapon to beating a stubborn Inter Milan defence.
In his last eight appearances, Haaland has had ten headed attempts, with six of these on target. Inter are expected to sit and be compact, so Man City’s best opportunities may come from crosses and set pieces. With 5ft 9in Matteo Darmian expected to start at centre back, Haaland may sense an opportunity to use his prowess and peel off to the back stick to target Darmian.
The 3-5-2 formation that Simeone Inzaghi favours should mean that Inter Milan are very compact and narrow, forcing Man City wide. The English side also average over six corners a game in the Champions League, meaning there will be plenty of chances to head at goal for the talisman.
Erling Haaland headed shot on target @ 3.50 with Paddy Power.
£30 returns £105 with your stake refunded if the bet loses.
Man City vs Inter Milan Free Bet 3
It is rinse and repeat as far as Betfair’s new customer offer is concerned. However, the maximum stake is £20, to be refunded if the bet loses, on this occasion but there is no limit on the odds of the selection. Again, make sure to deposit using card as bets placed with funds deposited via Apple Pay or other smart pay options will not be eligible. Further terms and conditions can be found via the offer below.
Corners and passes bet builder
Man City average 6.33 corners for in the UCL, conceding an average of 2.67 per game. This large disparity in numbers means they have won the corner count in ten of 12 UCL games thus far, the exceptions being away games at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid where they played more conservatively.
City have also won five or more corners in nine of 12 UCL games. As alluded to earlier, with Inter Milan set to sit deep and invite pressure, Man City should see plenty of the ball and therefore a lot of corners.
Man City being on the front foot means they should make plenty of passes, something that might suit Ruben Dias. Expected to play in the centre of a back three when in possession, Dias is the key component when recycling possession. Nathan Ake and Kyle Walker spring wide, with John Stones in the pivot. The 26-year-old is always an option on the ball, as shown by his average of 82 passes per game in the UCL this season. The away leg at Bayern Munich where Man City were protecting a 3-0 lead saw Dias hit only 30 passes which skews his flawless numbers- with the centre back even clearing 100 passes on multiple occasions.
Man City Corner Match Bet, Man City over 4.5 corners, Dias 90+ passes @ 2.16 with Betfair.
£20 returns £43.28 with your stake refunded if the bet loses.