The 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.
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