The European football season 2016/2017 is coming to an end but the two most important games are yet to be played.
First is opposing Manchester United to Ajax Amsterdam tonight in Stockholm. A victory of the Red Devils would qualify them automatically for the next Champions League’s group stage after a poor season in the Premier League.
So would the Dutch players as they are currently qualified for next Champions League’s play-off round having finished second in their championship.
Then European giants Juventus Turin and Real Madrid will meet in final of the Champions League that will be played in Cardiff on 30 May. Both have won their respective leagues therefore have already reserved their spots for the 2017/2018 Champions League.
Real Madrid is chasing a 12th title in the tournament – absolute record – while Juventus Turin seeks a third win.
InvestmentEurope has asked his bets for both finals to Brendan Poots, CEO of sports hedge fund Priomha Global and fund manager of the Priomha Capital Cloney Multi-Sport Investment Fund as well of its Gibraltar-domiciled version.
“We are sitting on a profit of 2.5% Real & 2.2% Juve for the overall portfolio. We will probably look to even that up before the final. We expect Juve to keep it tight and frustrate Real. Extra time and penalties looms. We will look to trade the match by way of the Under 2.5 goal market.
“We anticipate that it will be a cagey start with the dynamics suiting Juve. If there is any early goal we will flip our position to Over 2.5 goals as the dynamics of the match will change,” Poots explains.
Priomha Global’s CEO says the firm holds a similar position with the Europa League final.
“Man United have not been prolific scorers this year. We have only traded towards the end of the Europa League as our models do not cover a lot of the sides that are in this league. Man United is our best result but only at circa 1%,” Poots says.
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