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The favourites, Barcelona delivered the goods on Saturday evening in Brazil as they fought and battled their way to a 3-1 win over Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League. It wasn’t a game in which the power trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar really got to stand out, but Suarez and Neymar still managed to pop up with a goal each.

Italian champions Juventus gave Barcelona a good run for their money in the game, but came up short and became the first club to lose six European Cup finals. Barcelona, who won 50 of their 60 games played all season in all competitions, are running at 7/2 favourites to win next season’s UEFA Champions League at online betting site Bet365.

It was a brilliant treble winning season from coach Luis Enrique, emulating what Pep Guardiola did in his first season with the Catalans. The difference now is that Enrique has added a killer touch to Barcelona, simply by playing a more direct game which involves them just getting the ball to the front three as quickly as possible.

If their squad stays intact during the summer, which it is likely to do, then they are strong contenders to go all the way next season and land a sixth European Cup. Their nearest challenger in the market is Real Madrid at a quote of 11/2, followed by Chelsea, the only other team in single figures in the outright winner market at an 8/1 quote.

7th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League


If you saw the goal that Lionel Messi netted in the final of the Copa del Rey recently, then it was simply confirmation that he is on a different planet. There’s little doubt that he is going to reclaim the Ballon d’Or after showing some brilliance this season including his brace against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semi final first leg. Messi has now returned five goals in his last four games and is on fire.

He is the joint top goalscorer in this season’s UEFA Champions League with a ten goal haul for himself and he is on the brink of making some history. If Messi finds the back of the net on Saturday evening against Juventus, then he will become the first man ever to score in three different UEFA Champions League finals. This season, Lionel Messi has scored 58 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions.

So there is a strong possibility that he will score and a very strong probability that odds-on favourites Barcelona are going to walk away with the title.

But instead of the industry average of 13/8 on Messi to score and Barcelona to win, you can instead take enhanced odds of 10/1 on that happening in Saturday’s final.

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6th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Champions League

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Preview

This isn’t just about the UEFA Champions League title. With Barcelona having won the Primera Liga and the Copa del Rey and Juventus having landed the Serie A title and the Coppa Italia someone will be walking away with a treble winning season from Berlin on Saturday night. It adds a great extra dimension to the clash, as two of the great European sides go into battle. Can Juve pull off another shock as they did against Real Madrid in the semi’s or will this be all about Barcelona’s impressive attacking power?

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Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips

Big night for both of these then, and Juventus are looking for their third European Cup title, Barcelona their fifth. Juventus have struck gold just twice from seven previous visits to the European Cup final, and this is the first time in twelve years that they have been in the showcase match. If they do happen to lose on Saturday in Berlin, and they are underdogs of course, then they will become the first ever club to have lost six European Cup finals. If they play as well as they did in the semi final where they took a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid, then they could push Barcelona hard. That effort was based on great organisation and work ethic. The Old Lady are unbeaten in their last nine UEFA Champions League games, having taken five clean sheets in that spell.

They went up against Spanish opposition in the group stage when they went up against Atletico Madrid. Juventus failed to score in the two game, losing 1-0 at home and then earning a 0-0 in Madrid. The overall record against Spanish opposition that Juventus have recorded is a not particularly impressive W15 D11 L18. Carlos Tevez is their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market at a price of 5/2 with online betting site Bet Victor, while star of the semi finals, Alvaro Morata is a quote of 3/1. Their great defence is going to face a stern test in keeping Barcelona out, and the under/over 2.5 goals market is completely split down the middle at 5/6 either way.

Despite their European history, there have only been the eight previous meetings between them, which started with a Fairs Cup duel back in the early seventies. Juventus hold a 4-2 head to head lead over the Spaniards in those eight meetings and they are unbeaten in their last three games against Barcelona as well. The last time that the two came together was in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League which Juventus won 2-1 aet. But Barcelona are in brilliant form at the moment and Lionel Messi’s performance in the final of the Copa del Rey was simply brilliant, scoring a fantastic individual goal. He has netted seven in his last five against Italian sides and is joint top scorer alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s UEFA Champions League. He could become the first player ever to score in three UEFA Champions League finals if he finds the back of the net on Saturday.

Messi is going to be a very backable 5/6 anytime goalscorer and a 3/1 First Goalscorer quote. Just give him back the Ballon d’or now. Barcelona hold a very good W22 D13 L8 record against Italian opposition and the last time that they ran into a Serie A side was against AC Milan in last season’s group stage. Barcelona took a win and a draw. Luis Enrique’s men are in fantastic form having lost just one of their last 22 games played in all competitions (against Bayern Munich in the semi finals) and they have found the back of the net in each of those twenty two games. Messi, Suarez and Neymar have combined for a whopping 120 goals in all competitions this season, Messi netting 58 of them. Incidentally if this season’s final does go to a shootout, Barcelona hold a W5 L1 shootout record in UEFA competition, while Juventus hold a W3 L3 record.

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Odds

Barcelona 8/13, Draw 29/10, Juventus 19/4

Juventus v Barcelona Predictions

The Old Lady may get shown up in this one. Barcelona are just in irresistible form at the moment and Messi is bang at the peak of his game. His relationship with Neymar and Suarez is telepathic at the moment and as good as Juventus are at the back, as organised as they can be, you would have to comfortably picture Barcelona finding a way to break them down. Go for a Barcelona win and Messi to score.

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6th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Paddy Power

Barcelona are running at around an industry average of 8/13 to beat Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday night. They of course carry the huge power of Lionel Messi, who is joint top scorer in this season’s competition, and adding to the threat from them is Luis Suarez and Neymar of course. Between them they have netted 120 goals this season in all competitions and have been well backed to take the Italian champions apart in Berlin on Saturday night, and finish the season with a bang by taking the European crown to go along with their Copa del Rey and Spanish league titles.

New customers registering an account with Paddy Power can take enhanced odds of 7/1 on Barcelona to beat Juventus.

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6th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The UEFA Champions League final is right here now and the outright markets have been pretty busy at online betting site Bet365. Of course, it is Barcelona who have taken the heaviest amount of backing in the game as they are in as short as an 8/13 quote for the win, with Juventus dangling a long way back at 5/1. These are two of Europe’s greats, who between them have made sixteen European Cup final appearances, clocking eight each.

Barcelona 8/13 to win is being backed heavily at Bet365 because of the comparative strike rates of the two in European Cup finals. Barcelona have won four of their eight appearances while Juventus have only managed to win two of the eight that they have previously been in and have lost each of their last three visits. With Barcelona having been beaten just once in their last 22 matches played in all competitions, it is hard seeing Juventus overcome them.

Of course, most eyes will be on Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the game, who has scored 58 goals across 56 games played this season in all competitions. It’s been another phenomenal season from him and he has scored some truly outstanding goals during the season’s run-in, his effort in the Copa del Rey final was out of this world. Messi could also create some great history for himself because he could become the first to score in three different UEFA Champions League Finals after netting in previous wins over Manchester United In 2009 and 2011. Messi is trading at a price of 10/3 in the Bet365 First Goalscorer market, but punters will recognise the huge value of even money riding on him to score anytime.

One of the great features of online betting is the ability to bet live in-play and there is a trend running which you are going to be looking at for your UEFA Champions League Final betting. The last three finals in the competition have all seen more goal scored in the second half of the game. That’s only natural with teams coming out with a little caution in the first half, not wanting to throw the game away. So you are going to want to consider the 20/21 option price on the second half being the highest scoring, as well as hanging around the live in-play betting which include Next Goal, Match Goals, Match Corners, Half-Time Result and Full-Time Result.

What may help to push the game towards more goals being scored in the second half, is the weight of the Juventus defence. The Old Lady have kept five clean sheets in their last nine games in the UEFA Champions League and their defence is going to be key to them getting close to success in Berlin on Saturday. However, their backline has taken a major hit with Giorgio Chiellini picking up a torn calf muscle and replacement Andrea Barzagli hasn’t had fitness concerns too.

Juventus are no pushovers after Massimo Allegri led to the Serie A title by a seventeen-point margin and took them to Coppa Italia success. They, of course, showed their tactical prowess in the semi-finals against Real Madrid by taking a 3-2 aggregate win which was against the odds. Even with all of that said, it still seems like a stretch to see them beat Barcelona, but they look some value to have a shot at picking up a draw over 90 minutes at a quote of 5/1 with online betting site Bet365.

Both sides are set up for a treble-winning season and while the strike force of Messi, Suarez and Neymar has the ability to destroy any defence in the world for Barcelona, Juventus are likely to make life very difficult for them, especially in the midfield area. But Barcelona have scored twice as many goals as Juventus have done in this season’s competition, so this really could end up being a wonderful classic

Pick up a free £50 in-play bet at online bookmaker Bet365 for the game. Just place a qualifying pre-match bet on Juventus v Barcelona and following kick-off, head to Bet365’s vast in-play markets and place a live wager. If your first in-play bet loses, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake up to the same value as your largest pre-match bet (maximum £50!). The offer is open to new and existing customers and if you need to join, then you can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus too!

5th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

Paddy Power

There is a great opportunity to try and boost your returns from the UEFA champions League Final thanks to a  great free bet promotion running form online betting site Paddy Power.

Juventus and Barcelona will battle it out on Saturday in a heavyweight clash in Berlin. Juventus are looking for their third European Cup title, while Barcelona are looking to bank their fifth. But there is even more at stake on Saturday for both of these, because whoever wins will round the season off with a treble, both having won their domestic leagues and cups.

Place £20 or more in single bets before kick off on the Juventus v Barcelona Champions League Final and get £10 in free bets to use in play on that match!

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2nd June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Well the stage is set for Barcelona v Juventus for the UEFA Champions League final this season. The Catalans shortened to a price of 3/5 odds on favourite for the win in Berlin on Saturday night, with Juventus out at 9/2 to bank a win over the 90 minutes. Barcelona have won ten of their twelve Champions League matches this season, and will be fired by the triumvirate of power, Suarez, Neymar and Messi.

Lionel Messi can make a bit of history on the weekend, by becoming the first man to ever score in three different UEFA Champions League finals. He was on target against Manchester United in the 2011 final and against the Red Devils when they met in the 2009 showcase. The Argentine is trading at a price of 10/11 at online betting site Bet Victor to net anytime in Saturday’s final, while he is a 7/2 quote in the First Goalscorer market.

Messi has scored seven goals in his last five appearances against Serie A sides and he is joint top scorer (with Cristiano Ronaldo) in this season’s UEFA Champions League having netted 10 goals so far. Messi has produced five assists in the tournament as well, opposed to the four by Ronaldo.

The little Magician netted a fantastic solo goal in the final of the Copa del Rey on Saturday, helping Barcelona to a win over Athletic Bilbao. That was Messi’s 57th goal of the season in all competitions (he went on to add another in the game), as he single handedly tore apart the defence of the opposition as he beat three players surrounding him on the flank and another in the box before firing home a low finish.

So will Messi help fire Barcelona to a treble this season, and therefore deny Serie A and Coppa Italia champions Juventus one?

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31st May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

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It will all eyes on Berlin on Saturday night as the final big game of the European club season kicks off. This of course is the UEFA Champions League final between Juventus v Barcelona. Both sides have a big ambition of landing a treble for the season, with Juventus having wrapped up the Serie A title in style and who beat Lazio in the Copa Italia final recently as well.

Barcelona are on track for a tremendous treble themselves as well after landing the La Liga title and beating Athletic Bilbao on the final of the Copa del Rey on the weekend. It has been a season which has gotten better and better for the Catalans under the management of Luis Enrique, but they will face a Juventus side who have continued to impress on their somewhat understated charge to the UEFA Champions League final.

It will be the industry and organisation of Juventus against the pacy, talented attack of Barcelona which boasts Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. Hugely impressive line up there of course, but Juventus have picked up five clean sheets in their last eight UEFA Champions League matches and they proved in their semi final aggregate win over Real Madrid that they can match up to the best.

If the Juventus v Barcelona match goes to a Penalty Shootout, Bet Victor will refund losing Correct Score, First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, Half-Time/Full-Time, Scorecast & Spincast bets up to £10.

This Bet Victor UEFA Champions league final Money Back Special applies to pre match bets only and the maximum total refund per person is £/€10, which will come back to your account in the form of a Promo Cash. New customers registering an account with Bet Victor can get up to a free £25 bet as a welcome bonus.

31st May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

European Football Betting

There is some big European Cup action on the weekend, including the English FA Cup, so it is going to be a nice time to build yourself a little Acca and shoot for some extra winnings for yourself. It is a cup final betting frenzy at Paddy Power on Saturday and it could be a fantastic day to celebrate by building yourself an aca. Build yourself a fourfold or bigger acca on the Result & Both Teams To Score market and if the wager wins, then you will earn yourself a 20% win bonus!

Arsenal v Aston Villa – FA Cup Final

The English FA Cup final should be tight, because none of the last ten finals have been settled by more than a one goal margin. Villa were trounced in the league meetings this season against Arsenal, however, if you take a look their respective performances in the semi final of the FA Cup, then Aston Villa may suddenly be looking a bit overpriced at a quote of 11/2 with online bookmaker Paddy Power. The Gunners are looking for a record 12th FA Cup title and go as heavy 1/2 favourites, but they have won just two of their last seven games played, drawing four and a draw at 90 minutes doesn’t look too unreasonable to back in this one at a price of 3/1.

Online betting site Paddy Power have a big FREE BET offer running for the Wembley action. Place £20 of pre-match bets on the FA Cup final and Paddy Power will give you two free £5 bets to use in-play during the game! The bets will be credited within five minutes of kick off, so you will have plenty of opportunity and time to use them in the game to try and boost your winnings.

Inverness v Falkirk – Scottish FA Cup Final

The Scottish FA Cup final also goes off on Saturday, May 30th. Inverness took a whooping in their final Premiership match of the season getting crushed 5-0 by champions Celtic. Still, they go as 4/7 favourites to win the Cup at Hampden Park. Inverness, who finished third in the Premiership should have the tools to get this one done, especially against Falkirk who didn’t have to face a top flight side on the way to the final itself and who performed pretty poorly against sides in the top half of the championship this season. Falkirk have won one and lost three of their last four matches played and are 5/1 underdogs for the trophy.

Borussia Dortmund v Wolfsburg – German Cup Final

Great looking German Cup final for Saturday as well. This will be Jurgen Klopp’s last game in charge of Dortmund before he parts company with the club which he has served so well. It hasn’t been a great season from them though, struggling badly for league form and the Cup has just about been their only salvation and hope to look for. Die Borussen did ditch Bayern Munich out of the competition the semi finals, taking a 2-0 shootout win. Dortmund go as 5/4 for the win, however, you can’t ignore the form of Wolfsburg who have lost just one of their last eight and who beat Dortmund 2-1 recently in a Bundesliga match. Wolfsburg have only lost one of their last dozen domestic matches and could well upset Klopp’s send off. Wolfsburg are running at 2/1 to pick off Dortmund in the final, with the draw over ninety minutes at 5/2.

Auxerre v PSG – French Cup Final

Want more cup final action on Saturday? Well take a look over in France, where PSG are running as heavy 1/5 favourites to lift the Coupe de France. Tough to see an upset happening in this one as PSG are in great form, having own their last eleven domestic matches and they take on a side who finished in mid table in the French second division. Bound to be a gulf in class here and with Auxerre only having had to face one top flight side en-route to the final, they will probably be found wanting very badly on Saturday against the powerful Paris St Germain. Should be enough to back PSG to win to nil in this one, with Auxerre a long way out as underdogs at a price of 16/1.

Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona – Copa del Rey Final

Another big cup final for Saturday and Barcelona are being backed heavily to go and take another step closer to what could be a treble this season. With the league title in the bag already and occupying a spot in the UEFA Champions League final against Juventus, they are running at 1/5 to pick up the Copa del Rey title on Saturday. They take on Atletico Bilbao who have won just two of their last 24 matches against the Catalans. Barcelona are on a seven match unbeaten streak at the moment and thumped Athletic 5-2 in La Liga just back in February. Away from home. So the power of Messi, Suarez and Neymar are likely to prove way too much for Bilbao who finished the Spanish Primera Liga in seventh.

28th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: European Football Betting

Champions League

Well, set the date, June 6th will see Juventus v Barcelona betting for the UEFA Champions League final. After Barcelona had moved through on Tuesday night with an aggregate semi final win over Bayern Munich, it was all eyes on the Bernabeu on Wednesday to see if Real Madrid could set up an El Clasico final.

It wasn’t to be though as Italian Champions Juventus delivered the knockout blow, successfully defending their 2-1 first leg lead from Turin, with a 1-1 draw out in Spain. It was former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata who netted the decisive equaliser in the 57th minute of the game, after Cristiano Ronaldo had put Los Merengues in ascendancy from the penalty spot.

The final will bring together Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, who famously clashed at the 2014 World Cup, Suarez biting the Italian.

Barcelona are running as 3/4 favourites to win the UEFA Champions League this season, with the draw at 14/5, and Juventus who keep continuing to impress as underdogs, a heavy 4/1 outside shot.

13th May 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Champions League

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