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Juventus v Barcelona – Champions League Final

The European football season comes to a climax this weekend with an intriguing Champion’s League final between Juventus and Barcelona in Berlin.

Both teams come into this match armed with domestic doubles and so one of these teams will record an impressive treble.

Not surprisingly Barcelona are odds on favourites to take the trophy but they are perhaps a little short given Juventus’ defensives capabilities. Juventus have after all only conceded seven goals in 12 Champions League games this season.

This is a Juventus side that can score goals too and with Carlos Tevez leading the line you’ll get plenty of work rate and potential moments of magic.

As good as Juventus are defensively, their front 3 will be difficult to stop. Messi, Neymar and Suarez have notched an incredible 119 times this season! Messi has scored in 2 Champion’s league finals already and few would be surprised if he made it a third. Messi is 3/1 (4.00) to score first and looks a great bet.

Barcelona legend Xavi will play his last ever match for Barcelona on Saturday and finishes his distinguished career as the most decorated player in Spanish football history regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game thanks to the Catalonian giant’s triumphs in La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Regardless, the Spaniard will be desperate to end his career on a high and cement his place in perhaps the greatest team club football has ever seen.

So where does the betting value lie? Barcelona are too short to be backed especially when you consider how well Juve dealt with the attacking prowess of Real Madrid and over 2 legs. Barca have come unstuck against defensive sides before in the Champions league, notably Bayern Munich and Chelsea too.

The value therefore has to be backing Juventus with a +0.5 handicap. Bet365 are priced at a tasty 2.35 for this bet and are also offering a free £50 in play bet on this match. To qualify you just need to place a £50 pre-match bet. You need to use your own funds for the in play bet but your account will be re-credited straight after the match if it’s a loser.

 

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