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Champions League Final 2015 Tips

ITV1 Saturday June 6th / 7.45pm

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Luis Suarez (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Bet365
Barcelona 2-0Correct Score8/1Ladbrokes
Draw/BarcelonaHalf-Time/Full-Time18/5Betfred, BetVictor

The champions of Spain and Italy meet in the Champions League Final 2015, with Barcelona the favourites to take the title for the fourth time in 10 seasons. Barca’s excellent recent record in the competition coupled with the presence of Lionel Messi in their ranks makes them the obvious choice to lift the trophy, but they will be wary of opposition who eliminated their chief domestic rivals Real Madrid in the semis.

There are various bookmaker special offers for the final (see right), but the best is surely Bet365’s Risk Free In-Play Bet Promotion. Simply place a pre-match bet of up to £50 with them and they will give you a risk-free In-Play bet to the same stake.

Match Odds

The Catalan club are a general best price of 8/13 to win in 90 minutes and 4/11 to lift the trophy, while Juventus can be backed at best odds of 5/1 with Coral to win in 90 minutes or 12/5 with Ladbrokes to be crowned champions. Bet365 and Ladbrokes are both offering the 90 minute draw at 3/1.

Barcelona

This is Barca’s fourth European Cup Final in 10 years, winning each of the last three against English opposition (Arsenal 2006, Man Utd 2009 & 11). A win against Juve will lift them alongside Liverpool and Bayern Munich as five-times European Champions.

Barca lifted the trophy for the first time in 1992 against another Italian opposition in Sampdoria, but have also been beaten in the final three times (Benfica 1961, Steaua Bucurest 1986 & AC Milan 1994). They reached this year’s final in style, beating Man City, PSG and Bayern Munich in the knock-out stages, although they did lose 3-2 in Paris to PSG in the group stages.

Lionel Messi Odds

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The Argentinian genius scored in both those finals against Man Utd and this season he has scored an astonishing 56 goals in all competitions to lead Barca to another La Liga title, with 10 in the Champions League. But he has scored in only one of his club’s six games in the knockout stages this season – a brace in the semi-final first leg against Bayern.

Most bookies are offering Messi at 7/2 to score first in the final and that will be a hugely popular selection of course.

Although you might prefer the stand-out odds of 5/1 with William Hill for the Argentine to score two or more goals in the final (which he has already done 17 times this season), while the same firm are also offering the best odds of 28/1 on Messi bagging his eighth hat-trick of the season.

Luis Suarez Odds

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However, we fancy for another member of Barcelona’s South American front three to make an impression.

Since moving from Liverpool, Luis Suarez has added an extra dimension to Barca’s attacking play and excelled in several of the big matches, combining sublimely with both Messi and Neymar. His 24 goal haul includes doubles away to both Man City and PSG and the winner in the most recent Classico against Real Madrid. He’s 5/1 with Bet365 to open the scoring in the final, or 8/5 with the same firm to score a goal at any time in 90 minutes.

Juventus

The Old Lady have come to dominate Italian football in the way Inter did before them, winning the Serie A title for the fourth successive year. Despite returning to their familiar role as Italy’s major domestic force, they have struggled to make much progress in Europe until this season. This final will be their first since 2003, when they lost to AC Milan on penalties. They haven’t lifted the trophy for 19 years.

They have beaten Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and, of course, Real Madrid to get to the final, having finished as runners-up to Atletico Madrid in the group stage. After a few wobbles in the early part of the season, including away defeats to both Atletico and Olympiakos, they have grown in strength and they have lost only three of their last 43 matches in all competitions, including two league defeats which came after the league title was effectively sewn up.

Carlos Tevez Odds

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With the Coppa Italia already in the cabinet, it could be a glorious treble for Juve, who has been inspired by the brilliant form of Carlos Tevez, who has scored six Champions League goals in his total of 29 for the campaign. Tevez has been well rested of late and should be fit and firing for the final. Coral offer best odds of 13/5 for him to score in 90 minutes, while he is 15/2 with William Hill to score first.

Betting Advice

The bookmakers will be hoping for a low scoring game to boost their profits and they may well get their wish. Juve’s key strength is their defence, which limited Real to just a single goal in either leg of their semi-final. Eight of their 12 matches in this season’s competition have produced ‘Under 2.5 Goals’ and they have conceded just three in their six games in the knockout phase. In addition, eight of the 12 have been level at half time.

It’s not difficult to imagine the final following that trend, with Ladbrokes quoting the best price of 19/20 for the match to go Under 2.5. A better option might be to look at a low-scoring Barcelona win – the Correct Score of 2-0 to the Spanish champions pays a tempting 8/1 with Ladbrokes.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Luis Suarez (ew)First Goalscorer5/1Bet365
Barcelona 2-0Correct Score8/1Ladbrokes
Draw/BarcelonaHalf-Time/Full-Time18/5Betfred, BetVictor