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All you need to know ahead of the Man City vs Inter Champions League final
The 2023 Champions League is about to write its final chapter as Manchester City meet Inter Milan in Istanbul.
City are searching for their first-ever UCL crown, while Inter are looking to be anointed champions of Europe for the first time since 2010.
BetUK is here with all you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Inter Milan…
When is the Champions League final?
The Champions League final is scheduled for Saturday June 10th, much later in the footballing calendar than usual due to the mid-season Qatar World Cup.
It’s also the only final taking place on a weekend, with the Europa League showpiece between Sevilla and Roma taking place on May 31st. As for the Europa Conference League final, this will be held on June 7th between Fiorentina and West Ham United - you can find betting markets on that game here.
Where is the Champions League final?
Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium will host the 2023 Champions League final.
Sound familiar? This will be the first final of this competition held in this stadium since 2005 - Liverpool’s epic comeback against AC Milan. Reckon this stadium has an affinity for goals and drama? If so, backing over 3.5 goals in the game at 13/8 with BetUK could be worth a shot.
What time does the Champions League final kick off?
Manchester City vs Inter Milan is due to start at 20:00 BST. Anybody who gets into the stadium ahead of kick-off can enjoy performances from Burna Boy and co-headliner Annita.
Where to watch Man City v Inter Milan
For anybody in the United Kingdom, you’ll be able to watch the Champions League final on BT Sport. BT Sport will also be showing the 2023 final on their YouTube channel for free.
Viewers outside the UK can watch on various streaming services depending on location, with UEFA noting that there are 81 broadcasters showing the game in Europe alone and well over 100 worldwide.
Who is the favourite for the Champions League final?
The consensus favourite for the Champions League final is Manchester City at 4/9 with BetUK.
Pep Guardiola’s side have already dispatched Bayern Munich and Real Madrid en route to this year’s final. City’s journey to Istanbul has been catalysed by Erling Haaland. Since arriving in the summer, the Norwegian frontman has netted more than 50 goals in all competitions - including 12 in the Champions League.
Inter Milan currently sit at 7/1 to win the game within 90 minutes, reflecting their true underdog status. However, the Nerazzurri have already won silverware themselves this season, achieving a Coppa Italia back in May with a 2-1 victory over Conference League finalists Fiorentina.
If Simone Inzaghi’s side can come out on top in the Champions League final, it’ll be their first double since they completed a historic treble back in 2010 under Jose Mourinho.
Similarly, they’ll become the first team in Italy to achieve the Coppa Italia/Champions League double since rivals AC Milan completed the feat in 2002-03.
Who is the Champions League final referee?
The 2023 final will be marshalled by Poland’s Szymon Marciniak with fellow Poles Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz joining him as his assistants. The VAR hub will be manned by Tomasz Kwiatkowski with assistance from Bartosz Frankowski and Marco Fritz.
Marciniak has already refereed both Inter Milan and Manchester City in this Champions League campaign - including the latter’s 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in the semi-final.
In his seven Champions League outings this term, Marciniak has produced 27 yellow cards (an average of 3.86 per game) and two red cards.
This might not be the best news for Ilkay Gundogan. City’s captain has racked up four yellow cards from midfield during the tournament - two more than any of his team-mates. He is 24/5 to pick up a caution over the course of the final.
Surprisingly, it’s a centre forward who leads Inter Milan in disciplinary points. World Cup winner Lautaro Martinez has been shown three yellow cards during the tournament - he is currently sitting at 5/2 to go into the referee’s book during the showpiece.
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All odds correct at time of publication