On 6th June 2015, Juventus meet Barcelona in Berlin to contest this year's thrilling Champions League. The game promises to be a gripping encounter between two continental giants who have won six European titles between them and boast some of the world's most talented players. But where should football betting fans put their money?
Barcelona are clear favourites to lift the trophy at 8/13 with Coral Sports at time of writing. It's not surprising to see the Catalan side so strongly fancied – Barca have won the Champions League twice in the last six years and will travel to Berlin after a highly successful domestic campaign under manager Luis Enrique. The formidable attacking talents of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi propelled the club to their 23rd league title this year and the star trio will be hoping to cap the season with victory in the German capital.
Of course, Juventus will have other ideas. Although the Turin club are due to start the final as underdogs, their supporters have plenty of reasons to be hopeful. Juventus are currently the dominant power in Italian football – they recently wrapped up their fourth consecutive domestic league title with four games to spare and have already triumphed in one cup final this season, beating Lazio 2-1 to lift the Coppa Italia. Coral Sports offers 5/1 on Juventus adding the Champions League to their 2015 trophy haul.
Much of the build-up is likely to focus on the star players from both sides. Barca have some of football's biggest names in their squad, while Juventus have assembled a dynamic side that contains veteran campaigners like Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez alongside exciting new talents such as Paul Pogba.
Pirlo, recently named the 'coolest man in football' in a poll by Ladbrokes, could provide one of the most interesting sub-plots of the night. At 36, the gifted play-maker recently hinted that the Champions League final could be his last game for Juventus. Pirlo is 21/1 to score first and 7/2 to score at any time with William Hill Sports, which looks attractive given the Italian's ability with free kicks and his tendency to raise his game on big occasions.
Elsewhere in the goalscorer markets, Alvaro Morata is sure to attract some interest. The Spanish forward scored twice across two legs as Juventus defeated Real Madrid at the semi-final stage and he is 13/5 at William Hill Sports to find the net in the final as well. Tevez, who bagged 20 goals in Serie A this season, is also an interesting prospect at 7/1 to score first and 21/10 to score at any time.
Plenty of fans will expect Barcelona's star-studded line-up to provide the goals in Berlin. Messi, who is the competition's joint top scorer this season with ten goals, is 7/2 at Ladbrokes Sports to score first and 5/6 to score at any time. Meanwhile, Neymar has nine Champions League goals to his name. The Brazilian is 11/8 to find the net at any time and 9/2 to be the first goalscorer of the night.
When it comes to the correct score market, punters may look to the recent past for clues. Though predicting the result is no easy feat as the last few finals have thrown up a wide range of outcomes, from Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich and subsequent win on penalties in 2012, to Real Madrid's stunning 4-1 extra time victory over Atlético Madrid last year. Coral Sports offers 14/1 on a 3-1 win for Barcelona – the scoreline of their last Champions League final victory against Manchester United in 2011.
Juventus last won Europe's elite competition back in 1996, when they defeated Ajax on penalties at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Massimiliano Allegri's team can be backed at 12/1 to get their hands on the trophy via a penalty shootout once more with Coral Sports.
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