Manchester United’s famed class of 1992 will be reunited tonight for a one-off event at the Theatre of Dreams.
Right-back Gary Neville will receive his testimonial in a re-run of the 1999 Champions League semi-final, which saw the Red Devils come from two goals down to win 3-2 and progress to the final, eventually lifting the trophy.
Alongside Neville, who retired from the game halfway through last season, will be Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and brother Phil Neville.
These players made up the bulk of the 1992 youth team, which secured an FA Youth Cup win with a 6-3 aggregate victory over Crystal Palace.
The players went on to provide the backbone of the United side which dominated the domestic scene over the next ten years, despite one critic famously saying boss Sir Alex Ferguson would “win nothing with kids”.
While United will be looking to take it easy on the night, with those still involved in the first team keeping an eye on this year’s Champions League final against Barcelona, Juventus have promised to bring a strong squad over from the Stadio Olimpico.
The Bianconeri will field a side boasting World Cup winners Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon and Luca Toni.
Marco Motta, Giorgio Chiellini, Hasan Salihamidzic, Alberto Aquilani and Milos Krasic are also set to travel to Manchester.
Juventus were personally picked by Neville as tonight’s opponents, perhaps with the 1999 game sticking in his mind as a pivotal moment in his long and distinguished career.
With friendly matches rarely providing a competitive atmosphere, there is little point staking a claim on the outcome of the game.
However, bwin is determined to let football betting enthusiasts have some fun with the tie and has made odds available on a number of goalscoring markets.
Those expecting a high-scoring affair can back the tie producing more than four goals at 91/100, while those believing the sides will score a combined total of less than four are offered odds of 4/5.
Odds are also available on a slightly more reserved scoreline, with bwin pricing more than three goals at 7/20 and less than three at 39/20.
With the number of games involving Premier League outfits all but over, a number of punters could be tempted to find a bet that may require lady luck to be on their side.
Anyone thinking the game will contain an even number of goals can back this outcome at 17/20, while those expecting Juventus to pander to the occasion and allow United, and possibly Neville himself, to score a winner, are offered odds of 91/100 on an odd number of goals.
A £10 bet on the latter would return £19.10. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.