Manchester United betting fans will have the chance to back their side in a pre-season clash against Barcelona, it has been confirmed.
The Red Devils announced that they will take on the reigning Spanish champions in Washington on July 30th as they prepare for the 2011-12 Premier League campaign.
United are planning a five-match tour of the US, facing New England Revolution on July 13th, Seattle Sounders on July 20th, Chicago Fire on July 23rd and the MLS All Stars on July 27th.
But it is the final fixture against Pep Guardiola’s men which will really capture the imagination and evoke memories of the most recent clash between the two giants.
Regular Champions League betting enthusiasts will recall that they locked horns in the final of Europe’s elite competition in 2009, with Barcelona coming out on top 2-0.
However, United did manage to knock the Catalans out at the semi-final stage in the previous campaign en route to winning the trophy, with Paul Scholes’ goal at Old Trafford enough to see them through after a goalless draw in Spain.
There is also the intriguing possibility of another meeting between the pair in this season’s Champions League final, although such a prediction seems a little premature at the quarter-final stage.
United would need to overcome Chelsea and then either Inter or Schalke, while Barcelona could be pitched into a huge semi-final against Real Madrid, assuming they beat Shakhtar and Jose Mourinho’s men get past Spurs.
Either way, betting on Barcelona to win the Champions League this year at 11/10 is still the most popular choice with bwin users, with a successful £10 stake returning £21.
Alternatively, punters can bet on United to win the competition for the fourth time in their history at 8/1.
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