VALDES BACKS BARCA

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has become one of the best rated goalkeepers in recent times. Even though he was accused of the occasional faults a few years ago, Victor Valdes has become a truly exceptional goalkeeper in the last few years.

He has been responsible for Barcelona winning a number of trophies in the last few years including the Club World Cup, and he is now hoping to lead them to glory, and the title of being the best club in the world again, after winning the title two years back.

Barcelona will in the World Club Cup Final again this year, playing against the Brazilian club Santos, who come as the Champions League winners of South America. Even though this is going to be a battle between the two clubs, many are predicting that it is going to be a battle of two players – Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Neymar is adjudged to be the best young talent in all of the world right now, with a number of clubs including Barcelona queuing up for his signature. It is one of the reasons for Victor Valdes predicting a very close final on Sunday. Barcelona come into the final having beaten Al Saad 4-0 in the semifinals.

"It is the final everybody expected. [Both] teams have very similar qualities, and styles as well. It will be a thrilling final, with lots of goalscoring chances for both teams. He [Neymar] is an important player. He has so much talent, so it will be important to analyse him and be careful with their attacking moves," Valdes told Barca's official website.

Following this match, Barcelona will be returning to domestic action where they will be facing L'Hospitalet for the second leg of the Copa del Rey, after which they will be heading into the winter break.

The latest Champions league football betting places Barcelona as favourites to win the Champions League again in 2011/12, especially now that the team they met in the Final last year has crashed out.

You would have bet on Manchester United making it through to the Final Stages, but they failed to qualify from what was a relatively easy group.