Played by some of the top teams in the world, the UAFA Champions League is seen as the ultimate prize in European club football, and this weekend, FC Barcelona are to clash with Juventus for the 2015 final in Berlin. Although the El Clasico showdown of Barcalona and Real Madrid that everyone was expecting won’t be going ahead, Juventus have shown their worth in the course of this tournament, which is making the outcome a tricky call for the bookies.
After a few wobbles in the early part of the tournament – including away defeats to both Atletico and Olympiakos – the Old Lady have gone strength to strength this season, having only lost three of their last 43 matches in all competitions. They stormed through their later games in the tournament, including the spectacular first leg of the semis against Real Madrid, and confidence will be high going into the final. They will also no doubt be very hungry for their third European crown, the last of which was lifted 19 years ago!
Barcelona to win 2-0
Barcelona are going to be a force to reckon with though, with their sights set on a fifth European title (their fourth in the past decade). A win against Juve will bring them alongside the likes of Liverpool and Bayern Munich as five-times European Champions.
Having seen Bayern Munich off in the semi’s and with the power trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona are currently running as most people’s favourites to deliver the title. Their attacking form is certainly tremendous and Juve’s mighty defence may just be broken.
But overall, Barcelona are tipped to be the likely champions, with 2-0 score being given odds of 7/1 from BetVictor and Ladbrokes. It could even be more, of Barca’s attack are truly on form…
Messi to score two or more goals
Messi has scored a total of 56 goals for Barcelona this season, ten of which were in the Champions League. Most bookies are therefore offering him 7/2 odds to score first in the final. In addition, William Hill are offering stand-out odds of 5/1 for Messi to score two or more goals in the final (something he has already proved he can do 17 times this season). The same firm are also offering the best odds of 28/1 on the Argentine genius picking up his eighth hat-trick of the season.
Suarez to be first goal scorer
However, myself and Bookmakers are tipping Luis Suarez to be the first goal scorer over Messi, with odds of 5/1. Despite his notorious habit of gnawing shoulders, he has so far combined beautifully with Messi and Neymar this season. Let’s see if he can take home the glory for Barca, whilst resisting a lump of Juve flesh!