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Barcelona into 4/9 to win third Champions League in six seasons

| 04.05.2011

Barcelona are now 4/9 in the Champions League odds to win the tournament after confirming their spot in the final at the expense of Real Madrid.

Pep Guardiola’s team had been 1/2 to win the Champions League after their vital 2-0 win in their away first leg at the Bernabeu and finished off the job with a 1-1 draw on their own patch.

The final will be Barcelona’s third in the Champions League in six seasons and the omens are good that they will lift the trophy.

Barcelona beat Arsenal to win the competition in 2006 and then went on to defeat Manchester United in 2009.

And Guardiola believes that Barcelona will get the chance to complete a relatively quickfire treble over English opposition in Champions League finals as he expects to face Manchester United at Wembley this season.

Manchester United lead their semi final 2-0 against German outfit Schalke after the opening leg and should comfortably confirm their progress in the return match at Old Trafford.

It is 13/8 in the Champions League betting that Manchester United win the Champions League, while Schalke are a reasonable 100/1 given the difficulty of the task they face just to even reach the final.

Yet, Guardiola is not expecting such an easy final this time around given the managerial abilities of Sir Alex Ferguson, after Barcelona completely dominated Manchester United two years ago to run out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Guardiola said: “They are a great team and he is one of the best in the game – he has shown he can repeat and recreate, and win and win and win in finals.”

Manchester United are currently 5/1 to win no trophies this season and a defeat to either Schalke or Barcelona would leave them with only the Premier League left to play for.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.