A host of alternate betting opportunities are available for the Champions League final and one that immediately stands out is the 12/1 on offer that Manchester United beat Barcelona via a penalty shoot-out.
Three times in the past ten years, penalties have been required to settle a Champions League final, with Manchester United triumphing in this manner against Chelsea in 2008 in Moscow.
This year’s final takes place at Wembley on May 28th, but this may only enhance the likelihood of Manchester United’s clash with Barcelona still not finding a winner after 90 minutes and extra time.
Manchester United have already played at the new Wembley on nine occasions since 2007 and penalty shoot-outs have become a bit of a feature of these matches.
Five of these nine showdowns have required penalties to decide a winner, with 0-0 a common scoreline to get to this point.
Sir Alex Ferguson will surely want to keep things tight against Barcelona and in particular get enough players behind the ball to prevent Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi benefiting from any space to work their magic.
Therefore, 8/1 may also be decent value in the correct scoreline odds that the Wembley showdown ends 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Another statistic which could work in the favour of the Red Devils is the success of teams benefiting from playing a Champions League final in their own country.
This year represents the 11th time that this has happened and on seven of the previous ten occasions the ‘home’ team has lifted the trophy.
Manchester United’s odds are 7/4 to lift the Champions League trophy, while it is 11/4 that they beat Barcelona inside the 90 minutes.
A £30 stake on the Champions League final being 0-0 after 90 minutes would return £240. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.