Three Dream Finals That Could Still Happen This Year

Kiev - Olimpiyskiy StadiumKiev - Olimpiyskiy Stadium 23.03.2018: For the vast majority of football fans, the game is still all about fantasy. You hope, dream, wish and pray, but you don’t always get what you expect. However, sometimes football throws up the perfect conditions for your team, or a thrilling spectacle as a neutral.

For some fun, below are three football finals that could still happen this year. They would all be counted as dream finals for a myriad of reasons, but mostly as a spectacle all fans would enjoy. It will look at the venues, the protagonists and the chances of it really happening:

Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, Champions League Final (Odds: 15/2)

Venue: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine. 26th May.

Barcelona and Real Madrid have actually met a few times before in the Champions League, most recently in the 2011 semi-final, which Barcelona won en route to their 4th title. However, there has never been an ‘El Clásico Champions League Final’ to date. Both sides are in this year’s quarter-finals, with Barcelona 5/2 favourites for the tournament. You can check out these latest bookmakers offers for free bets and up to date Champions League news.
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There is a fair chance that this could happen, but one of the reasons it constitutes a ‘dream final’ – apart from the stature of the two clubs – is the chance to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo go head to head in a Champions League Final while both are still at the peak of their powers. We may never get the same opportunity again.

Arsenal vs. Atlético Madrid, Europa League Final (Odds: 4/1)

Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon, France. 16th May.

Two of the biggest names in football are the favourites for Europe’s secondary football competition. While both clubs will feel they should be in the Champions League, they will be all out to win this competition in 2018. Atlético have been powering through the Europa League since joining in the knockout stages, scoring 13 goals in just four games. Arsenal, meanwhile, have been forced to take the competition seriously after stuttering in the Premier League.
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However, the reason this could be special is to see Arsène Wenger pit his wits against Diego Simeone. They are footballing opposites: Wenger, the purist, sometimes putting style over substance. Simeone, the tough pragmatist, who looks like he could make a winning team out of spare car parts. The clash of styles could make it an electric atmosphere in Lyon.

England vs. Germany, World Cup Final (Odds: 40/1)

Venue Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia. 15th July.

While Germany, as 9/2 favourites, will expect to once again be in the World Cup Final, England (16/1) are much, much further away in terms of expectation. However, the lack of pressure might help Gareth Southgate’s young team. They have the players to play with the vibrancy and guile needed in a World Cup, it is just a matter of the execution.

To get the ball rolling, both sides need to win their respective groups (to stay apart in the draw). After that, anything could happen. It is just over 50 years since the last time these two met in a major final, with the teams going in opposite directions since that time. It would be a huge occasion, one where you could see England rise to the occasion at the Luzhniki. It would also be hilarious to see the British tabloid media go into meltdown – regardless if England were to win or lose the Final.


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