With Real Madrid and Barcelona now looking as strong as ever, Adam Bate looks at the odds they could finally be meeting in a European final in May
It is easy to see why many are tipping Real Madrid and Barcelona to be contesting the Uefa Champions League final at Wembley in May.
The showdown very nearly took place earlier this year but Jose Mourinho's side were denied on penalties by Bayern Munich after Chelsea had stunned Barca at Camp Nou.
The Catalan giants have taken the exit of Pep Guardiola in their stride and remain favourites for the trophy, while Jose Mourinho is as determined as ever to get his hands on the prize he won at Porto and Inter.
In fact, the biggest stumbling block to them meeting in the final is the possibility of the superpowers drawing each other in the knockout stages before then – as they did in 2011.
But with Malaga and Valencia also likely to be in the last 16, it may be worth backing an all-Spanish final at 3/1 with William Hill.
That last happened in 2000 when Real and Valencia clashed but you don’t have to go back that far for an all-British final – that happened in 2008 when Manchester United beat current champions Chelsea.
With four viable candidates for the crown in the Premier League – and Celtic making a push for the last 16 too – the all-British final might appeal at 11/2 with William Hill.
If you think that Britain’s best bet comes in the form of high-flying Chelsea and improving Arsenal then the price for an all-London final is worth a look at 33/1.
The same price is available for the scenario that may well be every Londoner’s worst nightmare come May 25th 2013 – the all-Manchester final in the country’s capital.
It would be the chance for sweet revenge for the red half of the city, while a dramatic win for the team in blue would threaten to top the events of last May. An all-Manchester final is also 33/1 with William Hill.
|All-Spanish final at 3/1 with William Hill
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