Champions League final King of Stats: No way around Barca glory

Berlin is the setting for the 2014/15 season’s last curtain call, but who will reign supreme in Europe as treble winners after the Champions League final; Barcelona or Juventus?

For a question like this the King of Stats is your man and the regent of trends is once again offering punters a few handy pointers:

Both Barcelona and Juventus are contesting an eighth European Cup final, but it’s the Spanish club who have fared more favourably, winning four and losing three, while the Italians are W2 L5

Given three of Barcelona’s successes have arrived in the past decade, while Juve have lost three finals since their last triumph in 1996, it’s fair to say Luis Enrique’s men are in the driving seat, reflected by odds of 1/3 to lift the trophy.

Barcelona have scored twice as many goals (28) than Juventus in this season’s competition

Boasting the most revered strikeforce on the planet, this stat will not come as a shock to many. Indeed, only defeated semi finalists Bayern Munich have averaged more than the 2.33 goals per game the Catalans have fired in. Another 2-3 more Barca goals in Berlin is 11/10.

Lionel Messi could become the first player to score in three Champions League finals

As Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon alluded to in a recent interview, his Argentine opponent may not actually be human, rather an extraterrestrial toying with us. 58 goals in 56 appearances is strong evidence to back this theory up.

The little maestro is 10/3 to score first currently, but look out for price boosts nearer the time.

Juventus are on a nine-game unbeaten run in the competition, keeping five clean sheets

This is form not to be underestimated from Maximilliano Allegri’s team with the meanest defence in the tournament. A 90-minute draw is tantalisingly-priced at 3/1.

All of the last three Champions League finals have seen more goals in the second half

The cat-and-mouse nature of finals can often lead to a more expansive approach later in the games according to recent history. The 20/21 on more goals after the break looks decent.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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