The long awaited Champions League final is to be played out on Saturday evening, and as the last major event on the footballing calendar, we’re anticipating a huge amount of betting activity surrounding the game.
The match is surely set to be one of the best Champions League finals in recent memory, and around 165 million fans from 200 countries are set to tune in to the world’s most-watched annual sporting event to see who will be crowned champions of Europe in this spectacular clash.
For the first time in Champions League history, both teams heading into the final are on course to win a league, domestic cup and Champions League treble with both The Old Lady and the Blaugrana cruising to victory in the Serie A & Coppa Italia and La Liga & Copa del Rey respectively. Both managers will be desperate to secure the biggest trophy in club football and prove their detractors wrong, with Massimiliano Allegri having been spurned by AC Milan in the past and Luis Enrique facing heavy criticism from Barca’s fans and the media this season.
Barca go into the match heavy favourites, and with good reason.
Arguably one of the most prolific attacking trios in history will be bearing down on Juve; and Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez may just prove too much for the Turin outfit to handle.
Barcelona are 4/1 to win
The bianconeri on the other hand are 9/1 to take the trophy home with them
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. Arguably one of La Masia’s greatest successes, Xavi has been with the club since 11 and in the last quarter of a century has been a key figure in both Barcelona’s and Spain’s successes. The midfielder has been bidding an emotional farewell to the club in recent weeks and was yesterday brought to tears by a tribute from fellow midfielder Andres Iniesta, another player who will likely be considered one of the greatest in Spain’s history.
The majority of money in the goalscorer markets will of course be focused on Messi, Neymar and Suarez, the latter of which has been making the headlines as he prepares to face Patrice Evra, who he was alleged to have racially abused whilst playing at Liverpool, and Giorgio Chiellini, who he famously bit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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