Barca Hopes for Controversy-free Soccer Betting ResultsPosted by: Anthony Yaylor
The second leg of the first half of the quarterfinal matchups gave way to some pretty wacky results. The first match of the night was fairly predictable, a 1-1 tie that gave Atletico Madrid a 2-1 aggregate victory over their La Liga rivals. But it was the second match of the day, the one between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, that left online soccer betting fans with a rather bad taste in their mouth.
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At the end of the match, the score read 4-2 in Madrid’s favor. However, don’t let that score fool you as the contest was practically neck-and-neck until the closing minutes. Additionally, two of Madrid’s goals were questionable as the replays appear to show Madrid players’ offside on two occasions. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this type of controversy in the UEFA Tournament, and the other team to receive special treatment so far is Madrid’s longtime rival, Barca. We’ll just have to see if the refs decide to favor Barcelona in their second leg against Juventus.
FC Barcelona vs. Juventus – Game 2 – Wednesday, April 19th
When: 2:45 pm ET
Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
TV: Fox Sports 1
Aggregate: Juventus Leads 3-0
Online Soccer Betting Odds:
FC Barcelona -1 (-125) 3 ½ (-132) -190
Juventus +1 (+105) 3 ½ (+112) +500
FC Barcelona/Juventus Draw +370
The Spanish champions are once again staring down the barrel of a gun in this year’s UEFA Tournament after allotting 3 goals to Juventus in their first match. However, online soccer betting fans know just how well Barcelona can make a dismal situation turn out favorably, especially after seeing Barca overcome all odds in their advancement past PSG.
As if the 3-goal deficit wasn’t enough to get Barcelona fans worried, it now seems that the Blaugrana will have to compete without their star defender, Javier Mascherano. No doubt his absence will be felt and it’s still uncertain who Luis Enrique will call upon to fill the void. Barcelona already delivered a miracle in this year’s UEFA Tournament with their surprise victory over PSG, and it seems extremely unlikely that they’ll be able to do it again, especially without one of their best defenders.
Apart from the chance at glory, one of the most interesting headlines involving the Juves is Dani Alves’ return to Camp Nou. Longtime online soccer betting fans will remember the days in which the Brazilian was a lethal counter-attacker for Barca, and now the former Barcelonian has a chance to pull one over his former team.
“I’m happy to be at the Camp Nou. It’s a weird felling being back,” Alves told reporters. “This is the first chance I have had to do it.”
But the 33-year old didn’t mince words and although he has unparalleled respect for his former club, he is still confident that it will be the Italians who advance past this round.
“My past is kept in a corner. When I defend the colors of my team, I give everything, 100%. We have to compete at the level needed to go through… Our chances of going through? Right now, 60% for us, but we have great respect for Barcelona.”
How could you not after seeing what the Blaugrana did to the French?