There’s just one major European soccer club trophy to be contested in the 2014/15 season and that’s the European Champions League. The Final will take place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany this Saturday, June 6 when Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona will be taking on Italian Serie A kingpins Juventus in a one game winner-take-all scenario. If the match happens to be tied after 90 minutes of regulation time it will go to two 15-minute halves of extra time. If the score is still level the championship will then be decided by a penalty kick shootout.
Barcelona vs Juventus Champions League Final Betting Preview
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- bet365 lists Barcelona as the favorites to win the game at 8/13 with Juventus 5/1 and a draw at 16/5
- Over 2.5 – 9/10
- Under 2.5 – 9/10
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There’s a little bit more on the line for both teams on Saturday, since the winners will achieve a treble this season. This means Juventus and Barcelona have both won their domestic leagues and cups and can make it a third major trophy by capturing the Champions League crown. Barcelona was crowned Spanish league champions after reaching 94 points on a record of 30-4-4. They edged out arch rivals Real Madrid by just two points while doing so and then beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in the Copa Del Rey (Spanish Cup) last weekend.
Barcelona’s Argentine international striker Lionel Messi led his club with 43 goals this campaign and added a league-high 18 assists. He’s definitely the man Juventus need to keep their eye on, but they can’t forget about his striking partners, Luis Suarez of Uruguay and Neymar of Brazil. Barcelona was defeated just once in their final 21 league outings and definitely have the momentum behind them heading into the Champions League Final.
The Spanish giants made it to the final two by beating German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on aggregate in their two-legged semifinal showdown. If Barcelona can add the Champions league this weekend it will be the second time the club has achieved the treble feat. They first earned one in the 2008/09 season and no other Spanish team has ever managed to replicate it.
Juventus of Turin won’t be an easy touch though since the Italian champions are also in the same boat. Juventus easily won the domestic Serie A as they led the league with 87 points and finished the year 17 points ahead of runners up Roma. The club then added the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup) for a record 10th time and are now looking to make it three out of three by adding the Champions League trophy. Their main scoring threat is Argentine international striker Carlos Tevez who netted 20 goals during the season and added seven helpers.
Juventus is after their third Champions League titles as they won it in the 1984/85 and 1995/96 seasons. Barcelona is seeking a fifth championship, having won it in 1991/92, 2005/06, 2008/09 and 2010/11. The two sides have never met in a Champions League Final showdown, but they’ve met each other eight times in the past. Juventus won four of those meetings while Barcelona took two of them and the other pair ended in draws. Their last meetings came in the 2002/03 Champions League season with Juventus winning 2-1 in Barcelona and drawing 1-1 at home.