Betting tips for Saturday’s Berlin showdown between Barcelona and Juventus
We’ll nail our colours to the mast here. Barcelona should demonstrate they are the best club team in the world on Europe’s biggest stage, with Luis Enrique’s side looking to land the treble after last weekend’s Copa del Rey triumph.
That victory over Athletic Bilbao featured more Lionel Messi magic and the Argentine will play a central role in any Barca victory, with Neymar and Luis Suarez also waiting in the wings to make a statement.
Barcelona have gradually improved as the season has wore on. PSG beat the Catalan side in the group stages of the Champions League, although it was a different story when the teams met at the quarter final phase as the Spanish champions ran riot.
It was a similar story against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals and there is bags of quality in every department of this team. Javier Mascherano may operate as centre-half or alternatively as a defensive midfielder, while two of the star turns are full-backs Jordi Alba and Dani Alves.
This will be Alves’ final match in a Barca shirt and don’t discount the Brazilian making an impact from the right flank, with Juventus looking to execute a gameplan which will nullify the runners out wide and also isolate Messi.
However, the Italian champions haven’t defended their way to the Champions League final and leave Real Madrid and Monaco on the scrapheap en route to the final.
The semi-final 2-1 aggregate victory over Real saw Juve enjoy a 1-0 first leg victory before claiming a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu, illustrating that they can tame potent attacking line-ups of the very best European teams.
The Old Lady of Turin are also chasing an historic treble and it was an impressive Serie A triumph where the league title was in the bag from Easter onwards, with Juve finishing 17 points ahead of the field.
Last Saturday’s 2-2 draw away to Verona was a warm-up exercise and we might see the same team line up for the final to the one that claimed that 1-1 draw against Real Madrid.
That means Carlos Tevez lining up against compatriots Messi and Mascherano, with Arturo Vidal in an attacking midfield position and Andrea Pirlo enjoying a swansong late into his career.
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci are big game defenders although have they ever experienced the challenge of clashing with these Barcelona big guns who will have Andres Iniesta weaving a path behind them?
Barcelona should command plenty of the ball and it’s impossible to see them not scoring throughout the ninety minutes.
However, Juve have only failed to score once in their past twenty-six matches and that was a goalless draw away to Monaco which set up their progress in the quarter finals.
So we’re going to take the Italian side to score a goal but ultimately end up on the wrong end of a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline.