Tue, May 1, 10:01am by Staff Writer
The two semi finals of the Champions League remain poised on a knife edge, especially the clash between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. Roma struggled to contain Liverpool’s potent attack at Anfield but have shown their quality before in overturning a deficit in a 2nd leg.
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich, Wednesday 2nd May, 4.45am (AEST)
Real take a handy 2-1 lead back to Spain with them for this 2nd leg, even more important could be the two crucial away goals. They bounced back in Germany after conceding first with goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio. The Spanish giants struggled to find their form at the Allianz Arena and will have to put in a much-improved performance if they are to match their price of $2.10 win on the night.
Bayern Munich will understand the enormity of their task as they travel to Madrid knowing that a win is necessary. The Bundesliga Champions do have the quality to rise to the occasion, but they will have to be wary of the threat that Real pose on the counter attack. They stand at $3.10 to win the 2nd leg.
For both sides the most important thing is qualifying for the Final and it is Real who are clear favourites to do so priced at $1.22. That is compared to Bayern at $4 who face a huge challenge to overturn their defeat from the 1st leg.
Bet of the Match – Draw 1-1 at $8.50
Roma v Liverpool, Thursday 3rd May, 4.45am (AEST)
Roma need only look to their own recent results to know that it is possible to overturn a three-goal lead. As that is exactly what they did to one of the best teams in Europe at the quarter final stage, a 3-0 win at home secured an away goals win over Barcelona. This time they are tasked with trying to dent Liverpool’s hopes of European glory.
There is very little to separate the two sides on the night with Roma standing at $2.40 and Liverpool at $2.50 to win the 2nd leg. It is, however apparent that Liverpool are favourites to qualify for the Final priced at $1.04 to Roma at $9.50.
Liverpool are virtually guaranteed a place in the Final after their emphatic 5-2 home win in the 1st leg. The fact that they conceded two late goals though has given Roma a glimmer of hope coming into the 2nd leg. The English side’s attack has been incredible in the latter stages of the EPL, but their defence remains susceptible to lapses that could cost them.
Bet of the Match – Roma 2-1 at $10
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