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Celtic v Alashkert Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th July 2018

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Celtic v Alashkert Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 18th July 7.45pm Celtic are firmly in the driving seat heading into the second leg of this Champions League first qualifying round tie against Alashkert. The Scottish Champions opened up a 3-0 lead from the first leg and with Wednesday night’s action to come from Parkhead then it’s hard to see the Bhoys failing to continue in the same manner in which they left off in the first leg. Read our Celtic v Alashkert predictions for more.

Celtic News and Form

Celtic have put a good stamp on this tie as they ran out 3-0 winners in the first leg on the road last week. They got a late first-half goal and then the rest of the damage came after the halftime break. Celtic didn’t really have full control of the game all of the way and had to show a bit of patience and grind through some early-season rust. With the severe heat that the match was played in as well, it may have played its part in them looking sluggish in the second half. Surprisingly Celtic experimented with two men up front, with Moussa Dembele and Edouard paired up and the latter, after signing a permanent deal in the summer opened the scoring just before the break. Celtic to win to nil is at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for the second leg of this contest as well. They did not really press on after getting that goal just before the break and their other two goals came later on in the second half. Still, you can’t expect top-level performances so early in the summer. You have to account for some sloppy play and not consistent intensity around. Still, what matters is that they had a good workout and that’s 90 minutes of competitive football under their belt and they will only get better from there. The longer that Celtic keep the Armenians at bay then the more their challenge will just fade away. In the bet365 correct score market a Celtic 3-0 is not an unreasonable 5/1 poke* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.) for this second leg as Celtic will be at ease on home soil.

Alashkert News and Form

Celtic’s opponents missed the boat in the home leg. It wasn’t entirely their fault of course because they just fell short at the end of the day in quality, even though they weren't overrun by Celtic to be fair. There is a long way back for the Yellows in this tie and it’s unlikely that at Celtic Park they are going to put anything into this. They have competed before in UEFA Champions League qualifiers and got to the second round in their two previous Champions League qualification campaigns. This will stop that streak. St Johnstone fans won’t have happy memories of Alashkert as they did beat them in the first qualifying round of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League on away goals. That is their only previous experience against Scottish sides before this clash with Celtic. With Celtic dropping away in the second half of the first leg, Alashkert did get a couple of chances, but there was nothing there overall that really had Celtic threatened in the match. Both teams NOT to score is a decent Celtic v Alashkert betting tip at 4/11 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.).

Celtic v Alashkert Head to Head

The first leg was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. The winners of this tie will go and face Valur ReykjavĂ­k or Rosenborg in the second qualifying round. The loser will drop to the Europa League qualifiers and meet either Astana or Sutjeska in the second qualifying round there.

Celtic v Alashkert Betting Odds*

Celtic 1/16 Draw 12/1 Alashkert 20/1 (Betting Odds were taken from July 15th, 2018 at 6:54 p.m.)

Celtic v Alashkert Predictions

Not too surprisingly for our Celtic v Alashkert betting tips were are looking at a comfortable home win cropping up. We are fully on board with Celtic to win to nil in this game. They weren’t totally dominant in that 30-degree heat in Yerevan but will be better back on home soil for having had that test.
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Alashkert v Celtic Prediction & Betting Tips – 10th July 2018

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Alashkert v Celtic UEFA Champions League, 10th July 5.00pm Celtic begin their UEFA Champions League journey for the season on Tuesday night. This is a really early start for Brendan Rodgers’ men as they make a long trip to Armenia to take on Alashkert. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs. This is the first leg of the First Qualifying Round. Read our Alashkert v Celtic betting tips for full insights. The loser of this goes to the Europa League qualifiers.

Alashkert v Celtic Betting Odds*

(Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018)

Alashkert News and Form

This is going to be a big night for the Armenians taking on one of Europe’s big names. It’s hard to get a feel for this really because they are pretty much unknown and this is the opening competitive game of the summer for both sides. Last season in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers they did get to the second qualifying round after making progress past Santa Coloma in the first. They then lost there 4-2 on aggregate to Bate Borisov in the second qualifying round. They did also get past the first qualifying round the season before as well. This almost feels like a one-off cup tie for the Yellows who have to get something out of this home game to stand a remote chance of creating a major upset. All that they will be hoping for is a big effort and a bit of luck in catching Celtic cold so we like the look of over 2.5 goals at bet365 for even money* (Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018). They will recognise that they have to have a go at this first leg. The Armenians did beat St Johnstone in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League qualifiers.

Celtic News and Form

Celtic wouldn’t be too stressed if they got out of this away trip with a 0-0 draw really. Their big nights are going to be back at Parkhead. In this away game for them though, we are going to lean on them conceding so the both teams to score option at bet365 is at 13/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 1:16 a.m. on July 8th, 2018) and just worth a flutter. Obviously Celtic are the better team of these two, but the Scottish Champions will be working on their match fitness and sharpness as none of that is going to be there yet. They have been quiet in the transfer market over the summer but got Edouard in a permanent deal from PSG so the youngster will bolster their attacking options. Celtic should make it through this tie at the end of the day and pretty comfortably at that, even if they don’t win this first leg on the road. It’s just one of those strange games where the overall quality isn’t going to be there and Celtic aren’t going to be at full strength. It is back at Celtic Park where Celtic will really be in control.

Alashkert v Celtic Head to Head

Celtic have never met Alashkert before. Winners play Valur ReykjavĂ­k/Rosenborg in the second qualifying round Losers meet Astana/Sutjeska in the Europe League second qualifying round

Who will win - Alashkert v Celtic Predictions

This should be comfortable enough for Celtic in the end (the tie) but this is just one of those strange games where you have no way of knowing what you are going to get. We are sticking with a simple both teams to score option.
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Women’s Champions League Final Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions – 24th May 2018

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Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Women Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 24th May at 8.00pm For the third time Wolfsburg and Lyon will be meeting in the Final of the Women’s UEFA Champions League. This is being played on Thursday night in Kiev and it is a showdown between the two heavyweights of the women’s game in Europe. Lyon are the reigning continental champions and they are looking to secure their third straight title. Will Wolfsburg be able to deny them?

Wolfsburg Women News and Form

Wolfsburg will be making their fourth appearance in the Final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League this season. They were successful in two of their previous three attempts, winning in back-to-back years in 2013 and 2014, but missing out two years ago when they met Lyon. Wolfsburg started their campaign with a 15-2 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid, before producing a comfortable win over Fiorentina in the round of 16. Wolfsburg had another easy round when they beat Slavia Prague 6-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. In the semi finals they went up against English side Chelsea in what was expected to be close tie, however the Germans powered their way through 5-1 on aggregate. Their key player is Pernille Harder who is one of the greatest in the game at the moment and she is currently their top scorer in this season’s UEFA Champions League with seven goals. She has been backed up well by Sara Björk GunnarsdĂłttir who has six goals during her campaign. Another of Wolfsburg’s elite is Germany forward Alex Popp who scored in the 2016 final against Lyon. Although neither of these have really given up a lot of goals during their respective Champions League campaigns this season, both teams to score at Bwin is going to be a pretty solid option to consider. Popp along with current teammates Luisa Wensing, Lena Goessling, Anna BlĂ€sse all appeared in their final successes in 2013 and 2014. All but Wensing started two years ago in the final so Wolfsburg can boast some good experience in their squad.

Lyon Women News and Form

However, it is going to be no mean feat in stopping the powerful French unit that is Leon. Over 2.5 goals in the game is at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:28 p.m. on May 22nd, 2018) at Bwin. The goals that Lyon scored in the first couple of rounds of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League is just staggering. They beat Medyk Konin 14-0 on aggregate and produced even more when they met BIIK-Kazygurt in the round of 16, the French outfit producing a 16-0 aggregate success. It was that easy for them, things were dialled back a little bit in the quarter-finals when they had to go up against Barcelona, with Lyon winning 3-1 on aggregate. Then came their toughest challenge as they met up with Manchester City at the semi-final stage of the competition. The first leg ended in a 0-0 tie in England before Lyon won through with a 1-0 home win in the second leg. So that is seven clean sheets that Lyon have collected in their eight Champions League games this season, shipping just the one goal in total. Top goalscorer for them this season in the UEFA Champions League is the incredible Ada Hegerberg with a 14 goal haul. There will also be a big occasion for midfielder Camille Abily in midfield who is the most experienced player ever in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and she is set to retire in the summer so will be hoping to go out in style.

Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Women Head to Head

This will be the third UEFA Women’s Champions League Final contested between Wolfsburg and Lyon. The first meeting was in the 2013 final with the Germans taking a 1-0 victory thanks to Martina Muller netting the only goal of the game from the penalty spot. In the 2016 final Lyon got their revenge as they won 4-3 on a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Incidentally, that 2013 final success recorded by Wolfsburg ended the two-year reign of Leon in Europe. It would be the same this way if they were to do it again on Thursday. There was also a meeting in the 2017 quarter-finals with Lyon winning through 2-1 on aggregate.

Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Women Betting Odds*

Wolfsburg 29/10, Draw 12/5, Lyon 11/10* (Betting Odds taken at 11:28 p.m. on May 22nd, 2018)

Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Women Predictions

These are two excellent competitors, and they do look fairly evenly matched. They have had some great scraps between them in previous UEFA champions league final meetings, and once again it looks as if Lyon may just hold the edge. The French side does have a better defence, and that could be the telling factor at the end of the day. Back both teams to score in the match but for Lyon to secure the victory.
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Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 26th May 2018

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Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 26th May 7.45pm Twelve months ago Real Madrid created history by becoming the first ever team to successfully defend a Champions League title. Now they are back in the Final once again after a campaign where they have bent but haven’t broken, and they can create more history as they look to win the title for a third time in a row. Will they be able to handle the powerful attack of Liverpool though, because the defence of the Spaniards has not looked very convincing through their campaign? This will be a high-profile showdown in Kiev between two of the most decorated sides in Europe. Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Real Madrid News and Form

It has not been plain sailing for Real Madrid through the UEFA Champions League this season, as they have had various scares and they found themselves being pushed hard on several occasions. For the second season running Real Madrid could only finish second in the group stage, this season trailing Tottenham. However that didn’t stop them going all the way to success last season in a historic title defence and now they can become the first club to win three UEFA Champions League finals on the bounce. In the quarter-finals of this season’s competition Juventus had them on the ropes at the Bernabeu but they managed to squeeze through thanks to an injury-time penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo. Then in the semi finals the Spaniards were second best to German powerhouses Bayern Munich and once again Real Madrid found themselves on the back foot quite a bit. But with a positive show of resilience and fortitude they managed to hang in and squeeze their way through to the Final. This competition means everything for them. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get things done as long as you do. Their defence has been shaky this season and it will need to be at his best to try and keep Liverpool quiet, but based on the circumstances and the previous head-to-head between Real Madrid and Liverpool it may just be worth looking at under 3.5 goals at 46 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). You cannot look at the defence of Real Madrid with any kind of certainty that there are going to go out and get a clean sheet. They don’t look anywhere near good enough but they find a way to get things done up front to compensate. They have scored in each of their last 29 UEFA matches and their overall record against English opposition is W15 D11 L11. In their UEFA Champions League, this season around Madrid are W8 D2 L2 so far with just the three clean sheets in 12 games. They are currently on a 27 match scoring streak in the UEFA Champions League and while both teams to score bet365 is going to be an obvious place for punters to look it’s not going to offer up very much value. Cristiano Ronaldo managed to score in every group stage match, in both legs of their round of 16 tie against PSG and again in each leg of their quarter-final tie against Juventus. He did not manage one in either leg of the semi-final against Bayern Munich but he is the 3/1 odds-on favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018) in the first goalscorer market. Real Madrid are looking for their the 13th European Cup/Champions League title and they have already beaten an English side this season as they defeated Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup back in August.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool have five previous European Cup/Champions League successes and it has been some season from them once again in Europe. They are the top scoring side in this year’s UEFA Champions League and between them, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 goals in total. They have been thrilling to watch, through sheer attacking brilliance and they have been up against some tough challenges but they have managed to get through them with flying colours. They took down Premier League champions Manchester City convincingly in the quarter-finals after kicking off as underdogs for the tie. Then in the semi finals Liverpool had to take on Roma, the side who had spectacularly knocked out Barcelona the previous round. After a slow start to the first leg, that man Mo Salah set them on their way and they never looked back. Once their immense attacking power started to click, they ran up a big first-leg advantage at Anfield which they were able to defend in Rome despite losing the second leg. Mo Salah, the Premier League Golden Boot winner is a 5/6 odds anytime goalscorer option with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018). Liverpool have won five of their seven previous European Cup/UEFA Champions League finals. However no player in the current squad has any previous experience of being in a UEFA Champions League final. That’s in stark contrast to all of the experience that Real Madrid can boast. Will that have an effect on their approach and the temperament on the night in Kiev? Realistically is hard to see the lack of experience playing its part in Liverpool’s challenge, the Premier League side play one way and that’s going to cause Real Madrid plenty of problems. Liverpool holds a W14 D12 L1 record against Spanish sides currently. Outside of England Liverpool have won just one of their last seven games against Spanish opposition which was the 2009 success against Real Madrid. The Reds hold a W7 D4 L1 record in this season’s UEFA Champions League, going unbeaten in 11 games before losing that semi-final second leg in Rome against Roma. They have a fierce front three that they can unleash on the defence of the Spaniards and with the pace and how clinical they are on the break, Liverpool have every chance of getting their hands on the cup. Bookmakers have them as slight underdogs and the shortest priced option in the bet365 correct score market is a 1-1 draw at 13/2 odds. Liverpool success it coming in at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018).

Real Madrid v Liverpool Head to Head

There have been five previous fixtures between Real Madrid and Liverpool and from those previous encounters it is Liverpool who are 3-2 up. The goals count from the five previous encounters is at 6-4 in favour of the English side. The most recent coming together between Real Madrid and Liverpool was in their 2014/15 Champions League group stage when the Spaniards won both encounters. Real Madrid had Karim Benzema score in both of those fixtures. Each of the five previous meetings between Real Madrid and Liverpool all produced a win to nil. That is the only time that an English club has beaten and Spanish club in the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and incidentally is the last time that Real Madrid lost a European Cup/Champions League Final.

Real Madrid v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 6/5, Liverpool 21/10, Draw 13/5* (Betting Odds taken at 00.35 a.m. on May 21st, 2018)

Real Madrid v Liverpool Predictions

Liverpool do look good option going into the final of the UEFA Champions League on Saturday. Their powerful front line has all the tools and all the pace needed to completely overwhelm and completely unravel Real Madrid. The Spaniards look nothing special at all especially at the back and if the Reds can keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet there goes the attacking threat of their opponents. Liverpool can deliver on the night and get the win.
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Champions League Final Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

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The 2018 UEFA Champions League Final will be hosted in Kiev on May 26th and it will be European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid who will be battling it out for the top honour. Real Madrid had a nervy contest against Bayern Munich to get through and make it to their third consecutive Final and Liverpool weren’t without a scare or two in their duel with Roma. The match is being played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium where Spain beat Italy in the final of Euro 2012. Real Madrid, for administration purposes only are going to be the ‘home’ team for the match.

Champions League Final Betting Odds

Real Madrid 5/4, Liverpool 2/1, Draw 13/5* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.) Champions League Final 2018 Infographic

Road To The Final

Real Madrid: Real Madrid were drawn alongside Apoel Nicosia, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham in the group stage. Things started as expected for the Spaniards who won their opening two games. But then they managed just the one point from their two games against Spurs, putting them on the back foot. Even though Los Merengues took wins over APOEL and Dortmund again, it wasn't enough to catch Tottenham, so the reigning champions qualified for the round of sixteen in second place. That gave them a tough tie against PSG and the Spaniards were underdogs to qualify against the French outfit. But Real showed great nous in winning 3-1 at home in the first leg and rounding off the tie with a win in Paris too. Then came Juventus, the side they beat in last year’s final. After the first leg, Real Madrid were cursing at 3-0 up, but Juve had them rattled in Rome. The Italians fought their way back level and things looked set to go to extra time before Real Madrid were awarded a late penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted. Then came another tough battle for them as they had to deal with Bayern Munich. Without playing well in ether leg somehow Real Madrid managed to hang on in there and win through 4-3 on aggregate. They have certainly done it the hard way but did score at least two goals in nine of their twelve games, but took just three clean sheets. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in ten of their twelve games on the road to the Final. Liverpool: Liverpool were drawn alongside Hoffenheim in the qualification round of this season’s Champions League which they came through easily 6-3 on aggregate. That put them into the group stage where they were drawn alongside Spartak Moscow, Maribor and Sevilla. Liverpool got off to a slow start, blowing a half time lead at home to end with a draw against Sevilla and then only drew in Moscow in their following game. But then they caught fire, putting ten goals past Maribor in their two meetings, before being frustrated into a draw by Sevilla in their second meeting with the Spaniards. The Reds then powered their way to a 7-0 win at Anfield to beat Spartak Moscow in their final game. That put Liverpool through to the round of sixteen where they met Porto. Liverpool killed the tie in the first leg away from home, winning 5-0 in Portugal. They were underdogs for their quarter-final tie against fellow Premier League side Manchester City, but another awesome display of attacking power saw the Reds win 5-1 on aggregate. Then there was another goal-fest against Roma in the semi-finals. Liverpool landed a 5-2 win at Anfield in the first leg and had to sweat through things a little towards the end in Rome, losing the second leg 4-2, dodging some big penalty calls against them to win 7-6 aggregate. With their scoring power, the 2/1 odds on offer at bet365* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)on them winning the match will have great appeal.

Real Madrid v Liverpool previous meetings

There have been five previous games between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The first-ever meeting was a historic one as it was in the 1980/81 European Cup Final. It wasn't the greatest of games as they both cancelled each other out, but Liverpool got the breakthrough in the 82nd minute with Alan Kennedy netting the only goal of the game at the Parc des Princes. The following meetings didn’t happen until the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League first knockout round and it Liverpool who came out again on top. Yossi Benayoun gave Liverpool a 1-0 away win in the first leg and then the Premier League side romped to a 4-0 success back at Anfield, Steven Gerrard getting a brace. The tables were turned though when they were next together. Liverpool didn't get a look when they met in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League group stage. Real Madrid strolled to a 3-0 win at Anfield on match day three, before securing a 1-0 win back at home. Karim Benzema scored three goals in those games against the Reds.

Real Madrid Form and Preview

Real Madrid are the most successful European side ever. They have won the European Cup/Champions League twelve times before in their history and three of the last four finals. Their strike rate is phenomenal as they have won twelve of their fifteen European Cup finals. Overall their form hasn’t looked all that great really through this season's tournament, but they have shown tremendous character and they have survived. Their route to the final was considerably harder than the one that Liverpool faced. Having knocked out PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich that is a considerable achievement. They have had their backs against the wall at times, they have relied on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo at times and the reigning champions have bent but they have not broken and that makes them a huge threat in the final. Defensively they have looked frail and both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/9 odds* (betting odds taken on May 2nd, 20187 at 10:22 p.m.)

Liverpool Form and Preview

This is the first European final for Liverpool since the 2004-05 season when they produced that stunning comeback against Milan in Istanbul. That gave them their fifth European title. The did make it back to the 2007 Final but they lost against Milan as the Italians took some revenge. Liverpool, in comparison to Real Madrid, have arguably benefited from the draw in the knockout stages of the competition. But you still have to win games and that has been what Liverpool have done through sheet attacking force. Jurgen Klopp’s men have produced some scintillating forward play in their domestic and European campaigns, with their star man being Mo Salah who has returned ten goals in his season’s competition. But the true power of Liverpool’s attack can be seen by the ten goals that Roberto Firmino has also netted in the tournament for them this season, and the nine from Sadio Mane. They scored seventeen goals in their three knockout rounds compared to the thirteen by Real Madrid.

History

It has been all Spain recently in the UEFA Champions League title race, with Real Madrid winning three of the last four and Barcelona getting one in the 2014/15 season. That’s some dominance. The last time that an English side won the tournament was in the 2011/12 season when Chelsea secured that dramatic penalty shootout win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, Munich. Spain have produced 17 winners of the European Cup/Champions League down the years, more than any other country. Italy and England are level with twelve wins each and then comes Germany with seven wins. The only other two countries to have produced wins on more than one occasion are the Netherlands (6) and Portugal (4). In total there have been 22 different winners of the European Cup/Champions League, of them the most successful being Real Madrid with 12 titles. Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the competition with a ridiculous 120 goals in 152 appearances since his debut in 2003. Lionel Messi is the only one close to him and he has produced 100 goals in 125 appearances which is actually a slightly better rate of goals per game than Ronaldo. Ronaldo will be top scorer again this season most likely and the seventh season that he has finished as top scorer for a Champions League season (his sixth successive one). During the 2017/18 campaign, he has also broken his own record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League season. Liverpool are just one of four teams ever to have won the tournament after having played in a qualification round (2004/05). Real Madrid are just one of three teams to have successfully defended a European title on more than one occasion (5), the other two being Ajax (twice) and Bayern Munich (twice). Liverpool’s sole successful title defence happened in the 1977/788 season. Real Madrid remains the only ones to have done in the Champions League era.

Predictions

There is no reason that Liverpool should be afraid to not stick to their plans and just get at Real Madrid. The defence of the Spaniards has been pretty shoddy throughout the tournament and they have really rode their luck at times. Liverpool all the offensive tools that they need to carve open the back line of the Champions and this is a very winnable task ahead for the Reds. Back the Reds to get across the line with the silverware in their hands and both teams will probably score.
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Roma v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 2nd May 2018

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Roma v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 2nd May 7.45pm Roma got destroyed at Anfield last week as Liverpool, led by Mo Salah, ran rampant. It was yet another powerful performance in attack from the Reds and now they have one big foot in the final of the UEFA Champions League. But they did ship a couple of away goals at the end of the game which will give Roma hope. Roma had plenty of belief in the last round that they could overturn a 4-1 first leg deficit against Barcelona back in Italy and they did it. Can they possibly pull off another amazing comeback?

Roma News and Form

The Italians are left chasing yet another tie as they were blown apart in a 5-2 defeat at Anfield last weekend. However, they have already shown great character this season. In the last round, they were 4-1 down against Barcelona going into the second leg of their quarter-final tie at home and delivered the goods with a 3-0 win. Just to put that comeback into context it was the joint second largest first-leg deficit to be overturned in the UEFA Champions League. In the round of sixteen, they also produced a fightback after losing the first leg away at Shakhtar Donetsk. So they have shown character and commitment (at home mostly).

Roma v Liverpool 2018 Infographic

Roma’s one previous visit to the European Cup semi-final was back in 1984 when they beat Dundee United before losing to Liverpool in the final. Roma have already beaten English opposition at home this season, getting a big 3-0 win over Chelsea in the group stage. In the bet365 correct score market, the 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option at 7/1 while a Roma 3-1 which would be enough to get them through on away goals is at 16/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). How crucial will those two away goals that they netted late at Anfield that they got, be though? At least it gives the Italians some hope in going forward in this one. Roma have a home record of W9 D3 L4 against English clubs and the Giallorossi have won four of their last five home games against Premier League sides. So it’s not been bad from them against English sides, but over they have struggled to get wins on the board in the Champions League as they have won just two of their last 26 games in the tournament (D8 L12). Five of those six wins though have come in their ten games so maybe they are starting to find their feet. Roma haven’t conceded a goal at home in this season’s Champions League, but that streak may well tumble when Liverpool come to visit. Both teams to score looks a decent proposition for 4/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). Former Manchester City man Edin Dzeko has come up with some crucial goals for the Italians this season and they need him at his very best to try and make inroads into this deficit on Wednesday night. Roma have won just five of their last twelve European home matches, the last two have been impressive fightbacks though.

Liverpool News and Form

So Liverpool are in yet another European Cup semi-final. They are W7 D2 from their previous nine. They have one foot in the door of this season's final with such a commanding lead. At Anfield, Liverpool actually struggled to get going in the match as Roma really pressed them well and looked as if they could contain the Reds. That last for about twenty minutes and then Liverpool exploded into life. Well, Mo Salah did as he set the Premier League side on their way, scoring two and assisting two of their five goals. Mo Salah will take plenty of backing in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market. So Liverpool are well ahead in the tie and as Roma push forward it is not unreasonable to expect the Reds to pick up more goals. Liverpool are W10 D5 L11 against Italian sides and their overall record in two-legged knockout ties against Italian clubs in UEFA competition is won four, lost two (winning the last two). Liverpool have only lost one of their last seven visits to Italy a well, winning three of those. Liverpool haven’t been shy of goals in any competition this season and in the Champions League they have hammered Maribor 7-0, produced a 5-0 win at Porto and put five goals past Man City in their quarter-final tussle. Over 3.5 goals at bet365 is at even money odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:45 p.m. on April 26th, 2018). Liverpool have only been beaten once in their last thirteen road game in Europe, but have won just five of their last eight away from Anfield. That’s not great but they have won four of six on the road during this campaign. Liverpool have triumphed in 30 UEFA competition ties when they have won the home first leg and have lost just five those situations. Five times before Liverpool have won the first leg of a tie by a three-goal margin at home and they have won through on each of those occasions. Liverpool holds a W3 L1 record in European penalty shoot outs. Whatever Roma can throw at them, it’s a fair assumption that the Reds can respond with goals of their own.

Roma v Liverpool Head to Head

Liverpool and Roma’s first meeting was at Stadio Olimpico on the 1984 European Cup Final which Liverpool won on penalties. They next found themselves paired up in the fourth round of the 2001 UEFA Cup When the two of them traded away wins, with Liverpool winning through on aggregate. Then they were together the following season in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a draw in Rome and a home win for the Reds at Anfield. Then there was this season’s first leg meeting at Anfield which Liverpool won 5-2. Both teams have scored in just two of the previous six meetings.   

Roma v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Roma 29/20, Liverpool 17/10, Draw 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 02:45 a.m. on April 26th, 2018)   

Roma v Liverpool Predictions

Does Liverpool know how to defend? They only play one way and that’s full tilt. Roma will come at them at some point, but Liverpool are so good on the break that they will be confident of still picking off the Italians. Expect a home fight back with a Roma win, but both teams to score and Liverpool will get through.
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Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Predictions & Betting Odds – 1st May 2018

Real Madrid
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 1st May 7.45pm Bayern Munich should really have had Real Madrid on the ropes in this tie. They missed chance after chance in their first leg at home to give themselves an advantage but now they have head to head out to Spain on Tuesday night and try to fight back from 2-1 down. In last year’s quarter finals, they produced a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu having lost by that scoreline at home, but they lost in extra time. With injuries stacking up against them, the Bundesliga may well have missed their chance of reaching the final.

Real Madrid News and Form

Real Madrid will be looking to hold on to a 2-1 advantage back at the Bernabeu in the second leg of this semi-final. This was exactly the situation that was on the board twelve months ago at the quarter-final stage. Bayern managed to fight back to land a 2-1 win in Spain in the second leg after ninety minutes, sending the tie to extra time. Real Madrid powered their way through (with some controversy) to reach the final and eventually successfully defend their title. Real Madrid are on a six-match winning streak against Bayern Munich, scoring 15 and conceding 5 in that spell.

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich 2018 Infographic

This is the eighth straight season that they are in the semi-finals of the competition and this is their fourth two-legged tie with Bayern in seven seasons, with the Spaniards 2-1 up. In the last round though at home, they were pummeled 3-1 by Juventus, but a late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo sent Los Merengues though. They do look vulnerable at the back and both teams to score at bet365 makes for a reasonable place to start at 4/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:45 a.m. on April 26th, 2018) They conceded a lot of chances to Bayern in that first leg and rode their luck at times. The win though was the first time in a Champions League game this season Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score but has seven goals in his last four games against Bayern and will once again go as the first goalscorer favourite in the match. Also, that defeat against Juventus was a rare home loss for them. It is their only defeat in their last 30 European games (W21 D6) and they have won 34 of their last 41 home games in the Champions League (D5 L2) which is a brilliant record. Their record at home against German sides is a fantastic W25 D5 L3. Madrid's record in two-legged ties with German clubs in UEFA competition is W17 L8 and to back them up even further, the Spaniards have won each of their last six ties against German opposition. Just once from 33 occasions have they lost a tie after winning the first leg away from home.

Bayern Munich News and Form

So once again this is a tough situation for Bayern Munich against Real Madrid. Only twice in the history of the UEFA Champions League has a team lost the first leg of a tie at home to turn things around and win that tie. They lost both Jerome Boateng and Arjen Robben in the first leg to injury which hampered them even more, and with major injuries to others that they are dealing with, they are not at full strength and there is an air of the first leg having been a missed opportunity for them. They certainly had enough chances to produce the win and get themselves a comfortable cushion. Even the usually deadly Robert Lewandowski didn’t bring his shooting boots to their party. Bayern's away record against Spanish clubs is not great at W7 D5 L15 so they have a big uphill struggle ahead of them. Bayern have to produce a couple of goals at least in this game now but in the bet365 correct score market, it is a Real Madrid 2-1 which is in at 8/1 odds with only the 1-1 draw shorter at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 11:45 a.m. on April 26th, 2018). Bayern Munich have been in this situation five times before, having lost the first leg of a tie at home. Twice they have turned around ties from this position. Each of the three times they didn’t, they had lost the first leg 2-1. If they can get themselves to penalty shootout they should fancy their chances as they hold a W5 L1 record in a penalty shoot-out in UEFA competitions. Real Madrid are W2 L2 in contrast. Bayern Munich have collected taken seven wins in their last fourteen road games, losing five of those. They are on a four-match winning streak on their travels at the moment though as a positive. Their depleted squad makes this more difficult as they have notable injuries to the likes of Arturo Vidal, Manuel Neuer, Kingsley Coman, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben. It’s questionable as to whether they have the depth to turn this time around. The first leg saw Bayern lost at home this season for the first time in all competitions.

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 21/20, Bayern Munich 23/10, Draw 14/5* (Betting Odds taken at 02:45 a.m. on April 26th, 2018)

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich Predictions

Real Madrid have looked nothing more than average for most of the play offs in the Champions League this season but still, they keep finding a way to get the job done. That’s a credit to their resilience. It’s a mystery how they won that first leg, but they did and they have an advantage and can certainly play better than they did. Home win.
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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Predictions & Betting Odds – 25th April 2018

Bayern v Real Madrid
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 25th April 7.45pm A true European heavyweight clash and this will be the fourth two-legged meeting in the last seven seasons. They were paired up in the quarter finals last season with Real Madrid powering through on their way to successfully defending their title. Bayern Munich will be looking to secure a positive advantage though on home soil in this first leg as they try and snap their current losing streak against the Spaniards.

Bayern Munich News and Form

Bayern are going to be pretty sick of Spanish opposition at this point. They have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League in each of the last four editions by a Spanish side. It was Real Madrid who halted their progress in the quarter finals last term. This is the 11th appearance in the European Cup semi-finals for Bayern Munich and their 19th semi final appearance in all UEFA competitions, holding a W10 L8 from those previous semi-final visits. The Germans have lost each to their last three semi-final ties though and they are level with a W10 L10 record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides. The Bundesliga powerhouses have already enjoyed some success against Spanish opposition this season, having squeezed past Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate in the last round. Bayern won on the road, before playing out a 0-0 draw back on home soil. That success snapped a losing sequence of four straight two-legged tie defeats against Spanish opposition. Bayern were on a four-match winning streak at home in the UEFA Champions League this season before playing out that 0-0 draw with Sevilla, in which they were comfortable and coasting for much of it. They also looked as if they had extra gears to get themselves up through. Their run of wins included an 8-1 success over Besiktas in the round of sixteen. Bayern have already captured the Bundesliga title this season and haven’t lost a home game in any competition all season (W13 D3), and in that sequence of games have collected twelve clean sheets. Robert Lewandowski has 17 goals in 16 games in 2018 (at the time of writing) while Sandro Wagner has eight goals in his last ten appearances. They have clear form, scoring power and both teams to score at bet365 is at 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). They have what it takes to trouble the reigning champions.

Real Madrid News and Form

Having survived a scare against Juventus at home in the second leg of their quarter-final with the Italians (which was just their third loss in 29 European home games), Real Madrid finds themselves back in the semi finals. They squeezed past Juve thanks to a dramatic injury-time penalty converted by Cristiano Ronaldo just before the tie was set to go to extra time. That goal means that Ronaldo has scored in every Champions League game played this season and he is an 11/8 anytime goalscorer option at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). The numbers that he has in the Champions League are pretty much insane, netting 25 goals in his last 15 Champions League games, fifteen in this season’s tournament alone. Real Madrid hold a W15 L13 from previous semi final appearances in Europe and they have won three of their last four semi-final tie. Real Madrid have lost two of their last six European away games, including this season’s defeat at Tottenham in the group stage. Their defence has been their weakness this season without question, having produced only four clean sheets in their last 24 games in all competitions. In the bet365 correct score market a Bayern Munich 2-1 is a reasonable option at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). Real Madrid have met German opposition already this season having won both group stage games against Borussia Dortmund. Overall Real Madrid’s record in Germany is nothing to write home about at just W6 D7 L19, but they have won five of their last eight there so have been steadily improving that record. Los Merengues’ record in two-legged ties with German clubs in UEFA competition is W17 L8, winning each of their last six.

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Head to Head

  So three times in the last seven seasons these two giants have met for a two-legged Champions League affair. From those three it is Real Madrid with two successes to the one from Bayern. Of the overall eleven previous knockout contests between them (all European Cup) Madrid are narrowly ahead 6-5. Last season's quarter final duel was controversial with 2-1 away wins traded, but Bayern received a dodgy red card towards the end of the second leg in Spain. In extra time Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock with an off-side goal and Bayern collapsed. That leaves Real Madrid on a five-match winning streak against the Germans.

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Betting Odds*

Bayern Munich evens, Real Madrid 5/2, Draw 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018)  

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid Predictions

Increasingly so, Real Madrid are just dependant on Cristiano Ronaldo. Bayern are such a powerful team that they can gain themselves an advantage in this tie. They are playing with confidence and belief and are strong enough to break Madrid’s flimsy back line.
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Liverpool v Roma Predictions & Betting Odds – 24th April 2018

Liverpool
Liverpool v Roma Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 24th April 7.45pm Liverpool handsomely saw off Manchester City in the last round, flexing their powerful attacking muscles to come through the tie after starting as underdogs. They open their semi final account against Roma on home soil and they will be keen to press home that advantage. After their stunning fight back against Barcelona in the last round though, Roma will pose a threat as they go looking for away goals to carry back to Italy with them.

Liverpool News and Form

Liverpool holds a wonderful W7 L2 record from their nine previous European Cup semi final appearances. They lost their last one though which was against Chelsea in the 2007/08 season. So they have had to wait a decade to get back to this stage so it has been a long time coming for them. Liverpool holds a W4 L2 record in two-legged knockout ties against Italian opposition in Europe, winning the last two. They are down in the overall match head to head against Italian opponents though, holding a W9 D5 L11 record form their previous 25 games against Italian teams. This will be their first meeting with one since the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League meeting with Udinese (home wins traded). Liverpool home record against Italian opposition is W6 D0 L4, losing two of their last three home soil against Serie A visitors. Liverpool have tremendous scoring power in them and over 2.5 goals at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018) is going to run with some appeal. The Reds have produced an unbeaten streak of form on home soil this season in Europe, collecting seven points in the group stage before home successes over Porto and then Man City. It is likely that there will be enough in the game for it to end with both teams getting themselves on the scoresheet in the fixture. Liverpool will once again be looking towards Mo Salah and his epic scoring this season to give them an advantage over the club that they brought him from last summer. Liverpool have only lost once at Anfield all season (W16 D8) across all competitions, scoring in all but three of those games.

Roma News and Form

Roma produced a stunning comeback, winning 3-0 at home against Barcelona in the second leg of their quarter-final duel with the Spaniards, having lost 3-1 at the Nou Camp. Edin Dzeko was at the centre of their comeback and he is going to be a good option for the Italians in the anytime goalscorer market. A Liverpool 2-1 and the 1-1 draw are the shortest-priced options in the bet365 correct score market at 7/1* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). This is only the second time that Roma have been in the European Cup semi-final, winning their previous visits in 1983/84 against Dundee United. Roma have lost their last six knockout ties against English sides after winning the first three. They have been to England this season already, playing out a 3-3 draw at Chelsea in the group stage. Roma have produced only the one win in their last 16 games in England (D6 L9). Their only victory in England being at Liverpool in their 2000/01 UEFA Cup tie. Twice this season they have won through after having lost the first leg of a Champions League tie. They did it in the round of sixteen against Shakhtar Donetsk. Both teams to score in the first leg is at 4/6 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018). The Giallorossi have shown tremendous fight and spirit this season. They have only won six of their last 25 Champions League games (D8 L11) but have won five of their last nine. They will have belief enough with what they have gone through that fate could be on their side this year.

Liverpool v Roma Head to Head

There have been five previous meetings between Roma and Liverpool the most famous of them being the 1984 European Cup Final, which was the first ever to go to a penalty shoot out. Liverpool won that. Their next meeting was in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup fourth round, squeezing through 2-1 despite losing at Anfield. Liverpool went on to win the tournament that season. They were then paired up in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage with a 0-0 draw in Rome and a 2-0 win for Liverpool back at Anfield.

Liverpool v Roma Betting Odds*

Liverpool 1/2, Draw 10/3, Roma 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:24 p.m. on April 20th, 2018)   

Liverpool v Roma Predictions

Liverpool have the strike force to get themselves a win on the night. The important thing for them is to not give up an away goal as the Italians have shown what they can do home soil. The thing is, Liverpool only know how to play one way and that will leave them a little vulnerable defensively. Back a home win and both teams to score.
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Champions League Semi Finals Betting 2018 Winner Odds & Predictions

Liverpool
The draw for the 2018 UEFA Champions League semi-finals were made on Friday, April 13th and it came out quite favourably for Liverpool, the last English side left in the competition. After their stunning rout of compatriots Manchester City in the quarter finals, Liverpool will get a shot against Roma in the final four, leaving a heavyweight duel between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Champions League Winner Odds*

Real Madrid 15/8, Bayern Munich 9/4, Liverpool 9/4, Roma 9/1* (betting odds taken at 3: 27 p.m. on April 13th, 2018).

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

To Qualify: Real Madrid 8/11, Bayern Munich 11/10 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 3: 27 p.m. on April 13th, 2018) The first leg, Munich: Wednesday 25 April Second leg, Madrid: Tuesday 1 May What a tie this is going to be. The first leg will be the 25th game between Real Madrid and Bayern, making it the most played fixture in UEFA club competition. They have met six times before in the semi finals of European Competitions as well, with Bayern 4-2 up from those. Bayern Munich have made light work of just about everything that has come their way this season in Europe. They lost against PSG in their second group stage match, sacked Carlo Ancelotti as boss and just haven’t looked back since Jupp Heynckes returned as head coach. They moved past Sevilla (the round of sixteen conquerors of Manchester United) to set up this tie. Bayern Munich are W8 D1 L1 in their ten Champions League games this season, producing a W4 D1 record at home. The last time Heynckes was in charge at the Bundesliga giants, he won the 2013 Champions League final with them. Real Madrid survived a harrowing ordeal against Juventus in their semi-final duel. After winning 3-0 out in Turin in the first leg it was supposed to be a cakewalk for them back at the Bernabeu. It was anything but as Juventus simply tore into them. Going in 2-0 up at halftime, Juventus found a third goal in the second half of the game to leave the tie event. It was a fully deserved score and they were well on top until Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in stoppage time which Cristiano Ronaldo converted. Real Madrid are looking for their third consecutive Champions League title and they are on a five-match winning streak against the Germans, scoring 13 goals and conceding four. Cristiano Ronaldo, who has now scored in all ten of his Champions League games this season, has seven goals in his last three games against Bayern (nine in six overall). Overall in the head to head, things are even at eleven wins each and two draws. Last season Real Madrid and Bayern battled it out in the quarter finals, with Madrid winning through 6-3 on aggregate after losing the second leg at home 2-1. That left the tie at 3-3 but Real powered in three extra-time goals. It wasn’t without its controversy though, with Bayern having Arturo Vidal sent off in the 84th minute despite a clean tackle and Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly offside when he made the scoreline 4-3 and that was the tipping point as Bayern crumbled.

Liverpool v Roma

To Qualify: Liverpool 2/5, Roma 15/8 at bet365* (betting odds taken at 3: 27 p.m. on April 13th, 2018) First leg, Liverpool: Tuesday 24 April Second leg, Rome: Wednesday 2 May Liverpool will be delighted to have avoided Madrid and Bayern in the semi-final draw and now this gives them a great shot at making it to the Final. There have been five previous games played between Liverpool and Roma, the first of them being in the 1983/84 European Cup Final, with the Reds winning 4-2 on penalties. They were next paired up in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup fourth round with Liverpool winning 2-1 on aggregate and then the following season they were in the Champions League second group stage together with Liverpool collecting four points from their two games. Liverpool star Mo Salah returns to face the club that he left in the summer. Liverpool were underdogs for their duel with Manchester City, but they produced two fantastic legs against the Citizens to prevail 6-1 on aggregate. Once again, their high-pressing, swift counter-attacking football winning out. Liverpool holds a W9 D5 L11 record against Italian clubs and from six previous two-legged knockout ties against Italian opposition, Liverpool have won four and lost two. Roma pulled off a major upset in the last round to get past Barcelona. After trailing 4-1 from the first leg at the Nou Camp, somehow back on home soil, they turned it around. The Giallorossi just threw the kitchen sink at the Catalans to win the return leg 3-0 and get through on away goals. Edin Dzeko’s late strike at the Nou Camp proved to be decisive. While he was with Man City Edin DĆŸeko scored three goals in 11 games against Liverpool with a W3 D4 L4 record against them. Roma doesn't have form in two-legged knockout ties against English sides as they have lost their last six in a row. That was after winning their first three European ties against English opposition.

Predictions

Liverpool should have nothing too much to fear in Roma. They are a solid side at the back but Liverpool have shown time and time again this season that they can open up teams pretty easily. So they have a great shot at making the final. As for the heavyweight tussle of Bayern v Real Madrid. That is so hard to call. There really is nothing much between them, however, Real’s defence has been a little shaky this season, so that could just tip the balance in favour of the Germans.
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