UEFA Champions League

Champions League Final: Road to Wembley, TV, odds and more

  • Max Liu
  • 4:00 min read
The Champions League trophy
Dortmund take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday 1 June at Wembley

Will it be a 15th title for Real Madrid or a first Champions League triumph for Borussia Dortmund when the teams meet at Wembley for the final on 1 June? Get the latest betting information, the story of the tournament so far in 2023/24, kick-off time, TV and more from our guide...

  • Madrid favs to win Champions League at 3/101.30

  • Dortmund can be backed to pull off upset at 12/53.40

  • Team news, TV info, kick-off and more

Who will win the Champions League final?

The 2023/24 Champions League final pits the competition's most successful club against a side that are trying to win it for only the second time.

It is not the final that many people anticipated when the competition was getting underway in the autumn but it is a mouthwatering prospect for a summer Saturday night at Wembley.

Real Madrid have won European club football's biggest prize 14 times. From the days of Alfredo Di Stefano, through the Galactico era, the age of Cristiano Ronaldo and right up to today, when Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior are key men, the club is is associated with football greatness.

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Carlo Ancelotti's men won it as recently as 2022 and, two years on, are 3/101.30 favourites in the tournament outright winner market to take it back to the Spanish capital. There is a sense that Madrid is the Champions League's natural home and that any other club that manages to win it is merely borrowing the famous big silver trophy.

Dortmund 12/53.40 would not have been many people's bet to reach the final. They won this tournament in 1997 and lost to Bayern Munich in the final of 2013. If they go one better 11 years on it will be one of the biggest surprises in the competition's history.

Edin Terzic's side finished fifth in the Bundesliga this season but their Champions League campaign has been magnificent. They repeatedly showed the class and composure to see off more fancied opponents.

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Real Madrid and Dortmund played each other on 14 occasions, with the Spaniards winning six times, five ending level and the Germans coming out on top on three occasions.

The most recent meeting was in the Champions League in 2017/18 when Madrid won 3-2 at the Bernabeu and 3-1 at Signal Iduna Park. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are two survivors from that game.

The latter recently announced that the final will be his last match for Madrid and he will retire from football after playing for Germany at Euro 2024.

Champions League final betting

Madrid are 4/71.57 to win the match inside 90 minutes and Dortmund are 4/15.00.

The draw is 31/10 on the Betfair Sportsbook but we have not seen a Champions League final go to extra-time since 2016 when Real Madrid beat neighbours Atletico on penalties.

The last four finals have finished 1-0 and the last five have been won to nil. And yet in the Both Teams to Score betting, 'Yes' is 6/101.60 and 'No' 6/52.20.

The overs and unders markets also point to more goals than has been the case in the last half-a-decade of finals. Under 1.5 goals is 7/24.50 and Under 2.5 6/52.20.

There is attacking talent on both sides but, as recent history shows, teams can prioritise defence and wait for opponents to make mistakes, rather than go on the attack, when there is so much at stake.

Dortmund's route to the Champions League final

The Germans were drawn in a tough group when the competition began back in September and started with a 2-0 defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain. Next they drew 0-0 with AC Milan before a 1-0 win at Newcastle silenced the Toon Army at St James' Park.

They subsequently beat Newcastle in the return match, won away to Milan and drew their final group game 1-1 with PSG to unexpectedly finish top by three points. With hindsight, it is obvious from these results that this was a team that would be difficult to beat in the Champions League at home or away.

In the first knock-out round, they drew 1-1 at PSV Eindhoven before overcoming the Dutch side 2-0 in the second leg.


Next up was a quarter-final against Diego Simeone's tough Atletico Madrid. Dortmund lost the first leg 2-1 in Spain before winning a thrilling second leg 4-2. Once again, Signal Iduna Park proved to be a fortress for Dortmund in Europe.

The same was true again in the semi-final. Paris Saint-Germain were fancied but Dortmund had done their homework on the French champions. In the first leg in Germany, NiclasFullkrug scored the game's only goal and Jadon Sancho was electric as the team put in their best display so far.

Arguably even more impressive was their 1-0 win in the French capital six days later. Wembley here we come.

Real Madrid's route to the Champions League final

Madrid crushed group rivals Braga, Napoli and Union Berlin to qualify for the knockout rounds with a 100 per cent record.

In the last 16, they squeezed past a spirited Leipzig team 2-1 on aggregate, thanks to a crucial second leg goal in Germany from Vinicius Junior. The Brazilian got the only goal when Madrid beat Liverpool in the final of this competition two years ago and was recently hailed by Betfair ambassador Rivaldo as the greatest player in Europe today.

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In the quarter-finals, things hotted up for Madrid as they faced Manchester City, the defending champions and the team that knocked out Los Blancos last season. The first leg was a frenetic 3-3 before the teams drew 1-1 in Manchester and the Spaniards won on penalties. The victory was all the sweeter because it meant Madrid would continue to be the only side to retain this title in the Champions League era.

Ancelotti's team were ready for another battle of the titans in the semi-finals when they were drawn against Bayern Munich. After the first leg in Germany finished 2-2, the hosts rode their luck at the Bernabeu before two goals from Joselu in the 88th and 90th minutes saw them through to another final.

Champions League final - Kick-off, venue and TV

The Champions League final kicks off at 20:00 on Saturday 1 June.

It will be played at Wembley for the first time since 2013 when Bayern Munich beat Dortmund 2-1.

The match will be broadcast live on TNT. It is not on YouTube.

Champions League final team news

There is an intriguing subplot for English fans in this year's Champions League final as Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho go head to head.

Bellingham has enjoyed a brilliant first season with Madrid, since joining them from Dortmund last summer.

Sancho is on loan at Dortmund from Manchester United, where he fell out with Erik ten Hag, and looks a player reborn back at the Bundesliga club.

Here are the possible line-ups for the final.

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel, Schlotterbeck, Hummels, Maatsen, Ryerson, Reus, Sabitzer, Can, Sancho, Fullkrug, Adeyemi

Real Madrid: Lunin, Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger, Mendy, Bellingham, Kroos, Valverde, Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo

Now read our early look at the final from Ste Tudor!

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