IN-RUNNING TRADING HINTS

Neutrals would have struggled to handpick two better contestants for this season’s Champions League final. As kings of their respective castles in Spain and England, the meeting between Barcelona and Man United could have the makings of a classic and it will give in-play traders plenty to ponder.

At Wembley, pretty much United’s second home, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men won’t give Barca the easy ride they allowed the Catalans in Rome two years ago.

Mindful of going behind in just the ninth minute in the Stadio Olimpico, Fergie’s instructions will no doubt urge vigilance, especially during the early stages.

Betdaq punters should, therefore, consider backing 0-0 at around 17/2 in the correct score market before kick-off and look to lay off at shorter odds after around half an hour.

In this season’s competition, Barca have scored just five of their 27 goals (18.5%) and United four of their total 18 (22.2%) in the first third of the game.

The tendency to score more frequently in the later stages is such that, of the two clubs’ aggregate 45 goals this campaign, 23 have been netted after the 61st minute, meaning there’s every reason to back over 1.5 then over 2.5 goals at steadily increasing prices.

Any big hitters looking to wager on Barca if they take the lead should be wary of lumping on Pep Guardiola’s outfit at very short prices.

If Barca do have any frailties then they are exposed outside the Nou Camp and their last London visit should serve as a cautionary tale. They were trading at 2/13 on Betdaq in-running before surrendering their 1-0 advantage late on against Arsenal. Including that match at The Emirates, they have taken the lead and failed to win in 16% of their Champions League and La Liga away outings this term.