|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Thursday, 14 May 2009 14:30|
Soccer betting will reach the climatic moment of the UEFA Champions League on May 27 as Barcelona and Manchester United will meet in Rome for the title. Soccer betting fans expected that these two teams would clash for it all as they were the clear front runners in UEFA Champions League play this season.
Soccer betting fans have a lot of respect for Manchester United, the defending UEFA Champions League champions who will be looking to repeat in the Final against Barcelona.
Manchester United came off an impressive soccer betting performance in the semi finals as they swept their fellow English Premier League rival Arsenal by scores of 1-0 on April 29 and 3-1 on May 5. Manchester United was undefeated in soccer betting action for Group E and remained undefeated in all of their soccer betting matches for the post season.
Barcelona lost only one game in Group C soccer betting action and then was also undefeated in the post season. Barcelona edged out Chelsea in the soccer betting semi finals as they played to a pair of draws. The first was a 0-0 draw on April 28 followed by a 1-1 draw on May 6. Barcelona got into the soccer betting title game due UEFA tie breaker rules.
A major concern heading into this matchup is the well being of Barcelona striker Thierry Henry, who had received what was termed a "specific treatment" for a ligament issue involving his right knee. Henry was second on the team in scoring with 5 goals. Lionel Messi of Barcelona has 8 goals to lead the UEFA.
The matchup between Barcelona and Manchester United is a contrast of power. Barcelona was touted as the top offensive team in the UEFA while Manchester United had the best defense, as they conceded just 6 goals in the entire Champions League competition. Manchester United allowed just 3 goals in post season action, which totaled 6 games. Barcelona scored 30 goals, which was the best in the league. This stark contrast is one of the most attractive and compelling features for the title match.
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