This year’s UEFA Tournament is living up to the high quality online soccer betting action that we’ve come to know. But the latest reports indicate that this year’s action may be the last we see of its kind. A rising majority of top European soccer leagues are threatening UEFA by scheduling matches that would directly conflict with UEFA’s contests. While the gravity of the situation remains uncertain, this is news no sportsbook player wants to hear.
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Relationships between UEFA and the European Football League (EFL) began to go south when UEFA refused to make certain changes ahead of the 2018-2021 Champions League seasons. Furthermore, UEFA gave seats to specific club representatives on its executive committee, but refrained from doing so for leagues.
Then in March, an agreement with UEFA became expired, giving European leagues “total freedom to schedule their matches as they see fit” – as the EFL stated. As things continue to digress, leagues will likely schedule contests to ensure that top teams do not play on Tuesday and Wednesday matches selected for by the UEFA for Champions League play. However, no announced plans for clashes this season have been announced, which means that online soccer betting fans around the globe can look forward to the contest between FC Barcelona and Juventus.
Juventus vs. Barcelona – Tuesday, April 11th
What: UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals, Juventus vs. FC Barcelona
Where: Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
When: 2:45 pm ET
Online Soccer Betting Odds:
Juventus PK (-105) 2½ (+103) +186
FC Barcelona PK (-115) 2½ (-123) +170
Juventus/FC Barcelona Draw +213
These are some pretty interesting odds to say the least. Sportsbooks have refrained from pegging either team as a favorite, which proves that this will be one disputed affair.
Juventus has been stumbling through this year’s tournament, dropping points against Sevilla and Lyon in the group stage but advancing nonetheless. However, the troubles quickly stopped in the Round of 16, as they advanced past FC Porto without breaking a sweat. In Serie A, Juventus is at the top of the table, and their 8-point lead over their nearest competitor is vintage Juventus.
Key Player: Leonardo Bonucci
Juventus has needed Bonucci more than ever before, thanks to both Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli suffering a decline in their contributions. Luckily enough for Juventus, Bonucci was the best defender at Euro 2016, so at least they had a quality player to turn to.
Coming off a wild 11-goal series against PSG, Barcelona will be looking for a more dominant performance against an equally threatening team. Barcelona has more talent in their starting lineup than more than half of the rest of Europe, but consistency has been an issue for this squad.
Key Player: Neymar
Although Messi hasn’t been mind-numbingly great, the Argentinian has found some consistency. Likewise, Suarez is just as consistent. The big factor here for those who bet on soccer is Neymar and whether or not he will be able to deliver.