Tue, Apr 24, 1:05pm by Staff Writer
The Champions League has reached the semi final stage with only four clubs left vying to be kings of Europe. An even spread will see an English club take on an Italian, while a Spanish side will face a German in the other tie, denying any country bragging rights just yet.
Liverpool v Roma, Wednesday 25th April, 4.45am (AEDT)
Liverpool’s history in this competition is one of the most impressive of any club in Europe. That will count for very little though if they underestimate a resurgent Roma side. The home side will be looking to the man they bought from Roma last year, Mohammed Salah, to continue his incredible goal scoring form. He has just been named the PFA Player of the Year but will be desperate to add to silverware to his record as well as personal accolades. They stand at $1.53 to win the first leg and $1.40 to reach the Final.
Whilst Roma, once again head into a Champions League clash as underdogs. Barcelona made the mistake of taking the Serie A side lightly in the quarter finals, as Roma produced a sensational comeback. Trailing 4-1 from the first leg they produced a sensational performance to dump Leo Messi and his teammates out of the competition with a 3-0 victory. They are priced at $6 to win on the night and $2.80 to progress.
Bet of the Match – Liverpool to Win 2-1 at $7.50
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid, Thursday 26th April, 4.45am (AEDT)
This is undoubtedly the stand out match of the two semi-finals, as these two European powerhouses meet.
Having already secured the Bundesliga title, Bayern are able to turn all of their attentions to the highest prize in European club football. They last won the Champions League in 2013 when they beat compatriots, Borussia Dortmund and they are in search of 6th win throughout the years. Bayern scraped through the quarter finals against Sevilla, as they relied on Franck Ribery to get them across the line in the first leg before a goalless draw in the second.
They come into this clash priced at $2 to win the first leg which stands them as favourites, although to progress they are underdogs at $2.10 compared to Real Madrid at $1.68.
Despite being priced at $3.50 to win in Germany, Real are certainly capable of securing a favourable result to take back to Madrid. A disappointing domestic campaign means that all is left is the push for a third straight Champions League trophy. With a plethora of stars in their squad highlighted by an ever-present Cristiano Ronaldo, Real are genuine contenders to add to their already impeccable record in this competition.
Bet of the Match – Draw 1-1 at $7.50
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