It’s the final that many neutrals wanted, with the champions of Spain and England clashing at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening and everyone is trying to get their hands on the hottest ticket in town.
Both teams have had an excellent season and managed to comfortably land their respective domestic titles, although the bookmakers have Barcelona as strong favourites to add another piece of silverware to the cabinet this weekend.
Barca have been virtually invincible this season and it’s no surprise to see the bookies offer even money across the board that Pep Guardiola’s team are victorious on Saturday, two years after they beat the same opponents in the 2009 Champions League final.
However, Stan James (£25 free bet) quote 21/20 about the Catalan giants winning in ninety minutes and it will be interesting to see whether this firm continues to offer stand-out value as the match approaches kick-off.
After all, Barcelona have cruised to another Spanish title and also bulldozed their way past the likes of Arsenal, Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk to reach yet another final. They possess the best player in the world and Lionel Messi will be a very popular bet to be the first goalscorer.
The Argentine is generally 4/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday evening, although William Hill (£25 free betting)are prepared to offer 5/1 and Hills should be applauded for several stand-out First Goalscorer prices, including Wayne Rooney (8/1), Javier Hernandez (9/1) and Andres Iniesta.
Messi scored the second goal of the game when Barcelona beat Manchester United 2-0 in Rome and he can be backed at 11/8 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to score at any stage of the Champions League final, with Sir Alex Ferguson pondering how to stop the leading scorer in this year’s competition. Another 2-0 win in favour of the Spanish champions is on offer at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
There are some tremendous bookmaker promotions available for the final and that includes bet365 and Stan James running with Bore Draw cashback which will see them refund stakes on selected markets if the game finishes goalless in ninety minutes.
However, Paddy Power’s offer will take some beating, with the Irish bookmaker offering to refund all losing First / Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast bets if Barcelona win in ninety minutes. Therefore, you can place your bets with this firm knowing you have a 50% chance of a refund if the bet loses.
Manchester United are a 3/1 chance with William Hill to win in ninety minutes and the Red Devils have been moving through the gears in spring to help claim a 19th league title. The draw is on offer at 5/2 with bet365 and a slender 1-0 victory in United’s favour is available at 9/1 with Blue Square.