Champions League Final Betting: Barcelona vs. Juventus

2015-champions-league-final-bettingThe 2015 UEFA Champions League Final is now set, with FC Barcelona (La Liga) set to play Juventus (Serie A) for the title. Barcelona was able to hold off Bayern Munich by one goal (3-0, 3-2) in their two-legged playoff, while Juventus also got by Real Madrid by a one-goal margin (2-1, 1-1). Now the big question remains, who’s got the upper hand in the final match, which takes place on June 6th at 2:45 ET? Assuming you’re into Champions League Final betting, check out out the following as we discuss how each side can come away with the victory.

Why Barcelona can win

One doesn’t have to make much of a case for why Barcelona is supposed to win this match. They easily feature the best attack in the world, with the dream team of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi causing nightmares for opposing goalkeepers. Not only are these three capable of amazing, highlight-reel plays at any moment, but they’re also extremely intelligent on the field – of course, aside from Suarez’s bite of Giorgio Chiellini, who will be on the Juventus side by the way. This trio has put 78 balls in the net in La Liga play, and combined for another 25 goals in UEFA play.

This club isn’t only about offense, though. They also feature a strong defense that’s capable of supporting the attack. Sure, they gave up three goals against Bayern Munich in two-legged play; but they also held Spanish La Liga opponents to just 19 scores all season – very impressive when you consider that Atletico Madrid was second with 28 goals allowed.

The defense is aided by the fact that this side has maintained possession about 60 percent of the time in Champions League play. Combine this with the fact that the defense doesn’t give up many goals, and Juventus won’t have many opportunities to find the back of the net.

2015-champions-league-final-betting-1Why Juventus can win

Italy’s most successful club from a historical standpoint has finally reached the pinnacle of European football again. Dealing with the fallout of the Calciopoli scandal, Juventus was in Serie B just nine years ago. Now, a decade later, they’ve clawed their way back to the top and will be decided underdogs against what looks like an unstoppable Barcelona attack. But that’s just the thing: Juventus knows that they’re underdogs and they will be playing uphill. This humility will serve them well against the club that’s supposed to win this contest.

Of course, sentiments and surprise only go so far in a Champions League Final, so where’s the substance behind Juventus? Well, big-match experience is definitely on this side, with Carlos Tevez, Patrice Evra, Andrea Pirlo, Morata and Buffon all having played in a Champions League Final before (although not together). Furthermore, they blend some young talent with these veterans, since Alvaro Morata and Paul Pogba are two of the top youngsters in Europe. So this nice mix of new and old will give Juventus balance as they face the giants.

Final Score Prediction: Barcelona 2 – Juventus 1

2014 World Cup Final Betting: Germany vs Argentina Preview

germany-vs-argentina-world-cupWhat began with 32 teams is now down to just two as Germany and Argentina will meet in the 2014 World Cup Final. If you’re looking to watch the much-anticipated match and/or do some 2014 Word Cup Final betting, keep in mind that it kicks off at 3pm ET tomorrow (July 13th).

The Germans are really coming into this match with some major buzz after their 7-1 dismantling of Brazil. The host country was shell-shocked as Germany quickly scored four goals within the first 10 minutes, then cruised to the biggest World Cup semifinal blowout in history. Sure Brazil was without Neymar and Thiago Silva, their two best players, but this team was still expected to put up a fight in front of their home crowd.

As for Argentina, their path to the Final was much more discreet. First, it took them extra time to earn a 1-0 victory over Switzerland in the round of 16. They then earned another 1-0 win over Belgium in the quarterfinals. Their run was completed after playing the Netherlands to a scoreless draw, then winning 4-2 on penalty kicks. Compared to the shocker that Germany delivered the day before, many considered Argentina’s victory to be a pretty mundane affair.

Given everything that we’ve discussed up to this point, it should be little surprise that the Germans are favored on many 2014 World Cup betting lines, including ours at GTBets.eu. But is this team really such an overwhelming favorite to win their fourth-ever title at the World Cup? Or will Argentina be hoisting their third-career Cup trophy? Let’s try to make some sense of it all by looking at the following points.

Germany has their Full Lineup

germany-vs-argentina-world-cup-1One thing that really goes in favor of the Germans is that their team is healthy. The match against Brazil was far from grueling, which means that we’ll see the same fearsome lineup, including record-breaking striker Miroslav Klose along with Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil providing support. About the only injury problem with this team is Defender Mats Hummels, who’s dealing with tendinitis but is still expected to start.

As for the Argentines, they’re not in as bad of shape as Brazil was, but they still have some worries ahead. Midfielder Angel Di Maria is doing some light training now, but he’s not expected to start because of a thigh injury. Left-back Marcos Rojo has a sore ankle and was very limited in Friday’s practice, although he’s expected to play. On the bright side, forward Sergio Aguero is now healthy and available to start in place of Ezequiel Lavezzi or Gonzalo Higuain.

Argentina has History on their Side…Just Not Recently

If you want to factor history into Germany vs Argentina betting, then the latter has an edge here. The two sides have played 15 international matches against each other, with Argentina getting the better end at 9 wins to 6 losses.

In more recent times, though, Germany has had the upper hand. Playing on their home soil at the 2006 World Cup, the Germans defeated Argentina on penalty kicks. At the 2010 Cup, Die Mannschaft completely dominated the Diego Maradonna-coached Argentines to the tune of 4-0. This humiliating loss convinced Maradonna to step down as the international team coach. Taking this loss into account, could Argentina be focused on revenge?

Both Players have Star Power

lionel-messiAlong with Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi is one of the world’s top two soccer players. And he’s done nothing to disprove this thought by scoring four goals at this year’s World Cup, tying him for third with Neymar.

But don’t expect Germany to be starstruck because they have elite players of their own. Thomas Muller has scored five goals thus far, ranking second behind Columbia’s James Rodriguez. There’s also André Schürrle and Miroslav Klose, who’ve scored 3 and 2 goals respectively. Klose’s two goals have allowed him to become the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16.

So who’s going to win?

Germany comes into this match with the complete team that’s capable of domination, as they more than showed against Brazil. But Argentina plays good defense and is always a threat to score, thanks to Messi. So this definitely doesn’t look to be another opponent that Germany will steam roll. However, we still think that this is the Germans’ year and like the following to happen:

Germany wins by a score of 2-1