A fascinating Champions League Final of 2015 between two contrasting sides and either would be worthy winners.
It is the Catalan giants that are top price 1/3 to lift the famous trophy for a fourth time in 10 years and it would take a brave punter to bet against Lionel Messi and his much vaunted teammates delivering yet again on the biggest stage.
Barcelona would love to regain the title from their old foes Real Madrid, successful 12 months ago in the showpiece for the tenth time in this competition, and it was their upcoming opponents that disposed of Cristiano and co in the last four.
Juve’s 3-2 aggregate success in the semi-finals denied the grandest of Clasicos but they were fully deserving of their triumph over Carlo Ancelotti’s men and their place in the final has certainly not been achieved by chance.
Yet another romp to the Serie A title this season was followed up by winning the Coppa Italia last month but crucially Juve have finally found a way to get it done when upped in class too.
It has been nearly 20 years since the Old Lady graced football’s biggest game and that is too long for such a celebrated club.
Chasing what would be a historic treble, the Italian champions play a Barcelona side looking to achieve the same feat and what a task the underdogs have at hand.
While not secured quite as comprehensively as Juventus’ domestic honours, Barca under Luis Enrqiue landed the La Liga title with a game to spare and their form since the turn of the year has been sensational.
The second leg loss to Bayern Munich last time out in the Champions League, having all but wrapped up the semi-final tie at the Camp Nou with a 3-0 win, was just Barca’s second reversal this year and surely there’s no stopping them now.
The champions of England, France and Germany have all been swept aside in facile fashion in the knockout stage and Enrique and his players should be confident of completing the clean sweep by adding Juventus to their list of victims.
Without a trophy in 2014, Barcelona have roared back to their very best this term and the attacking trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar are almost impossible to keep quiet.
Juventus did find a way to thwart the threat posed by Real over 180 minutes but this is a different test altogether and Gigi Buffon hasn’t kept a clean sheet in six matches.
To stand any chance of causing an upset, Juve must try and match Barca in midfield but Andrea Pirlo, for all this undoubted talent, could find everything around him happening just half a yard too quickly for his liking and I think the match could be quite open.
With eight of the last 10 Champions League finals having seen both sides find the net, I believe that has to be the play despite reservations about Juventus having what it takes going forward to trouble a resolute Barcelona defence.
They don’t ply Barca every week but Juve have scored at least once in 33 of their previous 36 matches and, at 20/21, that’s the standout selection at the odds.
3pts Back Both Teams to Score (Barcelona vs. Juventus) @ 20/21 (Bet Victor)