Barcelona and Manchester United battle for Europe domination

At long last, the UEFA Champions League final is upon us and what an epic showdown it promises to be when La Liga and Premier League titleholders this season battle for bragging rights in Europe’s top-flight competition.

Football simply can’t get any better than this: a Barca/United billing, only the two best teams in Europe that draw legions of fans from around the world. Never mind soccer-betting fanatics, any sports betting enthusiast would be barmy to overlook this match on the day’s betting ticket.

This is the ultimate battle in the beautiful game and yet it is a sequel, a repeat of the final in Rome two years ago, when a Messi-inspired Barcelona beat a Ronaldo-influenced Manchester United 2-0.

It follows: there can only be one satisfying question and that is who will win this contest, which is set to get underway on Saturday 28 May at Wembley Stadium in London.

For that, BetUS bookmakers have rolled out a whole slew of odds. From game odds, which include money line, totals and spread prices, to overarching odds on who will ‘Lift the Cup’, and various other in-between market odds such as to score first and last, it is a comprehensive betting experience that awaits at BetUS.

As the market currently stands, Barcelona is tipped at +100 on the moneyline to win the match and at a hot fave price of -200 to lift the Cup. In fact, Barcelona has the edge over Man U in every single market, including all markets where scoring is concerned. They are tipped at -175 to score first and at -165 to score last.

Manchester United, on the other hand, is tipped at a whopping +270 on the money line to win the match and at a significantly long +160 to lift the Cup. The underdog cast extends to every market, including those pertaining to scoring where they are at +135 to score first and at +125 to score last.

Manchester United have won the European trophy three times and as recently as 2007/2008 when they beat Chelsea FC in Moscow. They finished runners-up once; ironically, to Barcelona in 2008/2009.

Barcelona have also won the European trophy three times and as recently as 2008/2009 in Rome at the expense of Man U. They have two more runner-up finishes than Man U does though having reached the final in 1960/61, 1985/86 and 1993/94.

Soccer Betting Verdict: This will be Barcelona’s seventh appearance and Man U’s fifth appearance in European Champion Clubs’ final. Both clubs are three-time winners but given that Man U has won as many times as Barcelona has over fewer appearances it would seem on the one hand that they are more successful at this last hurdle. Then again, they did falter at this stage when they came up against Barcelona and that is telling.
From the very beginning Barcelona were the favorites in the competition to win it all. Hence, smart money is on Barca to win on Saturday – foolish to argue that point.

However, in many ways this is a grudge match for Man U; a second shot against Barcelona. Make no mistake, as good as Man U is, beating arguably the world’s best team in the current game in THE championship match is not going to be easy. But they can do it.

Keep in mind that Man U has home-field advantage at Wembley Stadium. The club’s stars might not shine as brightly as Barca’s twinkled-toed stars do but they are a hardy, stoic lot that Sir Alex Fergusson has managed for a very long time and moulded into a cohesive and consistent unit. And speaking of Ferggie, the man is already revered, but on Saturday he stands to become a legend and enter a completely unheralded stratosphere, where he’ll be in a league of his own as far as managers go in accolades and achievements.

It remains to be seen whether his men can see his vision through on the pitch, but going into the match, one must concede, all these intangibles could combine together for that champion moment, that moment that every footballer and worshiper of the beautiful game dreams of attaining, becoming indisputably the best club in the game. May the best team win!

Soccer Free Picks: Manchester United to win UEFA Champions League Cup