WFC Betting Lines - Manchester United meets FC Barcelona on ESPN2

Friday, July 29th, 2011

By  Scott Cooley

Soccer Betting Online: The highly-anticipated rematch between the two most popular international soccer clubs will go down Saturday as Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.

The Herbalife World Football Challenge tournament runs from July 13th to August 6th and showcases MLS and international clubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. BookMaker sportsbook has WFC betting lines for every event under the “Club Friendlies” option in the betting menu.

After disposing of the MLS All-Stars on Wednesday, Manchester United improved its preseason record to 4-0. The Red Devils cashed -250 odds in that match and the 4-0 outcome pushed the game ‘over’ the offered total.

Sir Alex Ferguson had a new body at his disposal against the All-Stars as Javier “Chicharito” Hernández joined the club after taking some time off following the UEFA Champions League regular season. The 23-year-old striker went from wonder boy to golden boy in one year after posting 20 goals in all competitions for the club.

As was the case in the All-Star game, it is evident Ferguson wants to get his regulars more playing time. He said before that match that his players not being prepared to play 90 minutes caused problems at the start of last season because they weren’t in peak condition.

All that said; the Red Devils have encountered little trouble while rolling through U.S. teams in the preseason friendlies.

Founded in United 1878, the English Premier League powerhouse has captured 19 English Premier League titles, 11 FA Cups, four Carling cups and three European Cups. Along with Hernández, Ferguson has a plethora of international stars to utilize including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand, Nani, Ji-Sung Park, Fabio and Rafael.

Those players will look to return the favor to a Barcelona team that defeated them in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final. Saturday’s match marks the first time the iconic clubs have met since, which makes it the headliner of the WFC betting lines tournament.

On Monday, the reigning European club champion Barcelona announced a star-laden roster for its three-game North American tour. The 27-man roster includes studs like Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, Carlos Puyol, Gerard Pique, Pedro, Victor Valdez, Sergio Busquets and David Villa, who all played pivotal roles in Spain’s World Cup title.

Key players left off the roster are two-time FIFA Player of the Year Lionel Messi as well as Daniel Alves, Javier Mascherano and Alexis Sanchez. These members are using this time to rest after competing in Copa America.

Barcelona flew into the nation’s capital on Thursday and received a rousing welcome from the local football fans at the press conference and training session the same day.

Although it’s a friendly exhibition, there will be no love lost between these two clubs Saturday. And both will want to put on a good show for the fans at FedEx Field and the national television cameras on ESPN2.

“Barcelona have spectacular football, the best football in the world,” ManU midfielder Nani said. “But I think we have the conditions to be better in the future.”

The WFC betting lines for this match will be released by BookMaker on Friday. The total will likely be set above the normal 2.5-goal number given the marketing and entertainment value of this match.

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