AC Milan v Liverpool: Champions League Final Betting
The 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul will go down as one of the greatest ever. Though a repeat serving seems almost impossible, it will no doubt prove to be an enthralling game.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has already warned not to expect as much excitement as two years ago.
"I prefer to think the match is going to be very tough, very close and with not many goals. We also do not want to concede a goal in the first minute as we did last time,” the Spaniard said.
"What happened two years ago was amazing. It was the best final in the history of the competition. Although I do not think we will see a game like that again, I would take it if the score was the same but I would probably need a doctor."
Liverpool’s main worry comes in the form of the graceful and magnificent talents of Kaka. The Brazilian midfielder is the competitions top scorer with 10 goals and, on current form, probably the best player in the world. Though Benitez is obviously aware of the threat Kaka poses, and will no doubt have a plan to stifle him, he has warned against focusing all the attention on the young Brazilian.
"We cannot just worry about Kaka. Milan are a very good team, in defence, in midfield,” Benitez added.
"But we must concentrate on our own game. Compared to two years ago we are stronger and have more experience. We have a stronger squad and better players."
However, Milan are going into the game as slight favourites at 13/10, and buoyed by their comfortable victory over Manchester United in the semi-final, feel as though they possess the superior quality.
"Liverpool are like an Italian team of 10 years ago. Every ball a long ball,” said Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso.
"All they try to do is defend with everybody behind the ball and one striker.”
"(Manchester) United have far more technical players, who are quick and able to do things on the ball. Liverpool do not have those individuals."
Gattuso, who played in the final on that remarkable night in Istanbul, is adamant that things will be different this time.
"This final will be different - that I promise. It is important to put the record straight,” Gattuso pledged.
Those words will no doubt provide Benitez with some material for his pre-match teamtalk.
According to reports, Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard is set to play in a more advanced role, supporting lone striker Dirk Kuyt. Odds of 10/1 for Gerrard to be the first goalscorer then seem very favourable.
AC Milan to Win: 13/10
Draw: 2/1 tote
Liverpool to Win: 13/5
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Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-05-23 11:17:40