After a grueling nine month campaign full of blood, sweat and tears, Juventus and Barcelona will be the two teams contesting the biggest match in European football – the UEFA Champions League final.
This year’s showpiece event takes place in the historic Berlin Olympiastadion on Saturday and the match promises to be an enthralling encounter between two heavyweights of European football.
Juventus Match Betting News
Despite being undermined by many, Juventus have managed to earn a place in the Champions League final and it is fair to say that the Old Lady are worthy finalists.
Under the expert tutelage of manager Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus have performed admirably against some of the biggest clubs in the world and it has been a pleasure for many to see the side which shares such a love affair with the Champions League, forge a path to greatness once again.
Standing in Juventus’ way and a third Champions League triumph is the talented Barcelona side and while the odds are stacked against the Italian giants, one can be sure that they will be looking to cause another upset.
Key defender Giorgio Chiellini has been ruled out of the clash due to a calf injury but Paul Pogba should be fit enough to start on the night.
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Barcelona Match Betting News
Barcelona are arguably the biggest European powerhouse of the last decade and while the club have gone through a few lean years in recent times, this season’s dominant performances has meant that the Blaugrana have returned to their rightful place in Europe.
Having claimed a domestic double, Barcelona will now be looking to cap off a memorable campaign with their 5th victory in the Champions League and cement their place as one of the great teams of the modern era.
However, triumph in the final is anything but a foregone conclusion as Barcelona face an extremely tough Juventus side and if the star studded Barca side become complacent, they might end up counting the costs.
Barcelona boast a clean bill of health ahead of the final and manager Luis Enrique will be able to name his strongest side on the night.
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Juventus vs Barcelona Match Prediction
Heading into the game, many view Barcelona as the favourites and perhaps understandably so. In terms of squad strength overall, Barcelona seem to have the edge while the Spanish side also have higher pedigree in recent years.
Barcelona will be making their fourth final appearance in the last decade while Juventus are appearing in the final for the first time in 12 years.
Therefore, Juventus have their backs against the wall but it would be naïve to think that the Italian side will arrive at Berlin just to make up the numbers. Juventus did not reach the final through sheer luck and one can be sure that they will put up a good fight.
Barcelona ultimately look set for their 5th Champions League title but expect the match to be a very close encounter.
Match Betting Tip: Barcelona to win @1.61 with Bet365