The bookies can’t see past Barcelona in the Champions League final, going 63/100 about the Catalan club improving their perfect record of four finals, four wins.
Attempting to prevent the La Liga kings elongating it are Juventus, who are gracing club football’s grandest stage for the eighth time and are afforded enormous underdog status of 17/4 for victory.
There’s 63/20 on offer for those who fancy a draw, but if the match-betting market doesn’t appeal, we’ve sounded four alternative areas where the opportunity to turn a profit is distinctly improved.
Lionel Messi to score any time @ 17/20
Let’s start with the painstakingly obvious one.
There is no known stratagem capable of stopping the great man in the vein of form he’s in ahead of the Champions League showpiece.
With 58 for the season and 12 in his last nine, a price close to evens about a goal for the Argentine must be backed.
If, for whatever reason, you remain on the fence, perhaps the knowledge that he has a 100% record of finding the net in the showpiece of this competition with two strikes in two appearances will coerce you off.
Juventus to win or draw double-chance @ 5/4
Messi may well find the net, but based on Italian clubs’ records in recent finals, one goal from the Barcelona number ten doesn’t guarantee Spanish success.
Across the previous four finals to feature a club from the kingdom of calcio, no Serie A side has lost in 90 minutes.
Milan were beaten by Liverpool on penalties in 2005, while Juve lost by the same means (to Milan) in 2003.
Over 0.5 goals scored between 75:01 and full time @ 95/100
Over the previous four instalments of this fixture there have been four goals scored in this timeframe, all of which coming in the final ten minutes.
Sergio Ramos’ injury-time equaliser for Real Madrid last term was the most recent late strike recorded on this stage, following Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute effort to enable FC Bayern Munchen to break Borussia Dortmund hearts, while there were two notched to reward backers of this punt in FCB and Chelsea’s 1-1 draw the before.
Juventus to score 0 @ 6/5 and 1 @ 6/4
As mentioned, the Old Lady are familiar with this occasion having graced it seven times.
They haven’t fared especially well in the Champions League final despite the relative regularity with which they appear in it, winning just twice, scoring three times and being shut out in four.
Across all of their outings in this fixture, they’re yet to ripple the net more than once and with Barcelona leaking multiple goals on just two instances in this season’s competition, that run looks set to continue.