Author: Glen Maxwell
2016/17 Champions League
Published: 11:49 03/06/2015
Juventus take on Barcelona in the Champions League final at Olympiastadion, Berlin on Saturday June 6th and it's the perfect opportunity to make the most of the football betting offers at bet365.
Both sides come into the game having already completed a domestic double - with Juve winning Serie A and the Coppa Italia, while Luis Enrique’s side have claimed La Liga and Copa del Rey victories this season - and will desperate to become champions of Europe to complete a historic treble. The Italians have never claimed all three trophies in one season before, while Barca have the chance to become the first European side to complete two trebles - after winning their first back in the 2008/09 season.
Juventus are set to take part in their eighth Champions League final - their first appearance in 12 years - and will look to lift the trophy for the third time, having done so previously back in 1985 and 1996. Should they fail to do so, The Turin club will become the first side ever to lose six European Cup/Champions League finals.
Juve's route to the final was far from plain sailing - as they finished second in Group A behind 2014 runners-up Atletico Madrid in Group A and just one point ahead of third-placed Olympiakos.
A 5-1 aggregate demolition saw off 2013 runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16 and Juve then edged a nervy Quarter-final tie against AS Monaco 1-0, before knocking out defending champions Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate to book their place in Berlin.
Like Juventus, this will be also be Barcelona's eighth final. However, they have previously won four and have claimed their last three Champions League titles within the last 10 years. Barca needed extra-time to see off Sampdoria back in 1992 for their first title, but the Spanish side have seen off Arsenal (2006) and Manchester United (2009 and 2011) to stamp their authority on the competition in recent times.
Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain to top spot in Group F, before recording a convincing win over English champions Manchester City in the first knockout round. Barca were then drawn against PSG again in the quarter-finals and sent them packing once more with a 5-1 aggregate win, before turning up the style further still with a 5-3 humilation of 2013 champions Bayern Munich in the last-four.
Both sides will desperately want to win the Champions League final to complete a historic treble, so it's likely to be a fantastic watch on ITV 1 and Sky Sports 1 at 7:45pm.
Plenty of football fans will be having a bet to enhance their enjoyment of the action, with both casual punters and professional gamblers able to get more from their betting by using some of the football offers on bet365.
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Juventus have recorded two 0-0 draws in the Champions League this season, while Barcelona have managed to find the net in every game they have played so far. Therefore, it would appear as though this game has goals written all over it.
Most viewers will be hoping for an entertaining game that lives up to its billing but, if the game does end 0-0, punters staking on the Correct Score, Half-Time/Full-Time and Scorecast markets for Juventus v Barcelona with bet365 will at least have their bets protected by a refund of losing stakes thanks to the firm's bore-draw promotion.
Each-Way First Goalscorers
Carlos Tevez will be the go-to selection for Juventus backers - as he has netted an impressive 50 goals this season - seven of which have been in the Champions League - so he rates as a worthy favourite in the First Goalscorer market.
Then there's Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba for the Barcelona defence to contend with and Andrea Pirlo can be deadly from set-piece situations, not to mention defender Alvaro Morata who can also pop up with an important goal when needed - as he proved in the semi-final second leg against Real Madrid.
Lionel Messi will become the first player to score in three Champions League finals should he penetrate the Italian defence in Berlin on Saturday. Add in the fact that he already has 10 goals to his name in this season’s Champion League and he is the stand-out Barcelona candidate in the First Goalscorer markets.
Neymar and Luis Suarez have also scored a useful 15 Champions League goals between them in support of Messi - at nine and six goals respectively - and both will be hoping to pounce on the break if Juventus over-commit in attack.
Sandro Ramirez (three) has also been in among the goals this season and is likely to be available at more favourable odds, while Barca have plenty of other options too, such as Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique who are capable of creating an opportunity.
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