Champions League Final
This entry was posted on Friday, May 27th, 2011
Biggest. Game. Ever
Having had to journey to the outer-reaches of Europe for their 2008 triumph in Moscow, Manchester United supporters now have the opportunity to lift ol’ big ears right on their London doorstep.
Suffice to say, it won’t be easy. As if the sheer challenge of facing the greatest football team of all time isn’t enough, English clubs record in European Cup finals post-Heysel, is as convincing as a Ryan Giggs injunction
The miraculous flukes comebacks of United themselves in 1999, and Liverpool in 2005 against Bayern Munich and Milan respectively, are the only times English clubs have won the trophy against foreign opposition since 1984. Britain’s best have comfortably come up short on the last three occasions against foreign tormentors, with Barcelona twice the beneficiaries. Given that the Catalans have thumped in 27 goals already in the tournament, it’s clear to see why the bookmakers make them firm favourites to lift the trophy (1/2 with bet365).
Barcelona’s boss Pep Guardiola was on the winning side the last time a European Cup Final was played at Wembley, and interestingly, that night was the only final in the past 36 years where the winning goal came in extra time. The 8/1 for Barca to win in this manner (or 12/1 for United), therefore doesn’t represent great value.
However, four of the last ten finals have gone all the way to penalties, (including the last time United tasted success,) so our tip is for the 12/1 with Ladbrokes on either side winning on spot-kicks.