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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 Džeko 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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Roma backed by just 16 punters at Ladbrokes for Barca upset

Ladbrokes
Bookmaker Ladbrokes announced this week that just sixteen punters had placed bets on Roma to qualify from their quarter-final tie against Barcelona in the Champions League. With Barcelona holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg, it was expected to be something of a stroll for the Catalans out in the Italian capital. It was anything but. Roma played with a fire in their bellies, diving into tackles, constantly closing their opponents down and getting forward at every opportunity. They did the unthinkable and managed to turn the tie on its head with a 3-0 home success. Ahead of the second leg Roma were 20/1 odds at Ladbrokes to qualify for the last four and only six punters bit. The biggest of those wagers at Ladbrokes was £30. Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “The odds are there to be defied, and that’s exactly what Roman did. Fair play to the 16 customers out there who fancied David to take on Goliath on Tuesday evening.”

Champions League winner 2018 odds*

Real Madrid 13/8, Bayern Munich 7/4, Liverpool 3/1, Roma 10/1* (betting odds taken on March 12th, 2018 at 3:44 p.m.)
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Bayern Munich v Sevilla Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th April 2018

Champions League Betting
Bayern Munich v Sevilla Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 11th April 7.45pm Bayern Munich are in control of this tie. They came away from their trip to Spain in the first leg with a 2-1 advantage and that's a couple of good away goals under their belt. They are a powerful force on home soil as well so Sevilla are going to have their work cut out for them. But the Spaniards pulled off a surprise in the last round in taking a second-leg win in the round of sixteen at Old Trafford against Manchester United. Can they do the same against the newly crowned Bundesliga champions (for the sixth straight season)?

Bayern Munich News and Form

Bayern are in the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh straight season. They lost at this stage last season to Real Madrid but had won their six previous last-eight ties. They have a lead over Sevilla heading into this one with away goals to boot. Overall Bayern have a W9 L10 record in two-legged ties against Spanish sides, however, the Germans have fallen from the competition in each of the last four seasons to Spanish opposition. In the bet365 correct score market a Bayern Munich 2-1 result is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:53 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). They have won all four of their home fixtures in the competition this season, thumping Besiktas 5-0 in the last round. They have more than enough firepower to get themselves across the line comfortably and Robert Lewandowski is the 2/1 bet365 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 7:53 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). He has 24 goals in 19 home matches for Bayern this season. In 2018 he has scored 14 goals in 13 games for his club in all competitions. Bayern’s record against Spanish sides on home soil is a fantastic W18 D5 L3 and they have only lost one of their last 24 UEFA ties after having won the first leg away from home. This should be a routine second leg.

Sevilla News and Form

This is just the second European Cup quarter-final appearance for Sevilla. The previous one was in the 1957/58 season when they lost 10-2 against Real Madrid. They are actually up W3 L2 from their five previous two-legged knockout ties against German opposition though. They lost at Borussia Monchengladbach on their last visit to Germany which was in the 2015 group stage. That defeat snapped a great five-match winning streak (home and away) that they were on against German sides. They don’t actually have a bad record in Germany itself having taken five wins from nine visits (three defeats, one draw). Sevilla pulled off an away upset in the last round by taking a 2-1 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United. That is just two defeats in Sevilla’s last twelve European road games (W4 D6). Both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:53 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). The Spaniards though have managed only three wins in their last ten games across all competitions so aren’t running hot (D3 L4). They lost at Celta Vigo in La Liga on the weekend 4-0, having scored in each of their previous seven away games.

Bayern Munich v Sevilla Head to Head

The game between them last week was the first meeting between the two clubs. Bayern though have been knocked out by a Spanish side in each of the last four seasons of the UEFA Champions League.

Bayern Munich v Sevilla Betting Odds*

Bayern Munich 1/5, Draw 5/1, Sevilla 14/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:53 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)   

Bayern Munich v Sevilla Predictions

Bayern Munich are so powerful on home soil and with the advantage, they have in this time, it is likely going to be too much for Sevilla to handle. Look for the Germans to win the second leg as well, but just back both teams to score in it as well, because the Spaniards do look a threat getting forward.
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Real Madrid v Juventus Predictions & Betting Odds – 11th April 2018

Real Madrid
Real Madrid v Juventus Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 11th April 7.45pm There is a long way back for Juventus into this tie now. They lost 3-0 in Turin last week but they had more than enough chances and exposed plenty of weaknesses in the Real Madrid back line to still give themselves hope. On any other night, they could have easily won. But it is an advantage to the Spaniards now who head back to the Bernabeu looking to close out the deal against the Italians.

Real Madrid News and Form

Real Madrid are in their 35th European Cup quarter-final. From their previous visits, they hold a wonderful W28 L6 record. They have won each of their last seven last-eight ties. So it is not often that you are going to see them tripped up at this stage and it’s not likely to happen this season either. A win in this one makes them the first side to hit 150 Champions League wins and they are on a six-match winning streak against Italian sides. The Spaniards are W8 D4 L1 in their last thirteen games against Italian opposition (the only loss a defeat at Juventus in the 2015 semi-final first leg). Real Madrid have won 34 of their last 40 UEFA Champions League home matches (D5 L1) in such a powerful record at the Bernabeu. They collected seven points from their three home games in the group stage and beat PSG 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the last round. Cristiano Ronaldo is the bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:39 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) and he has scored in every Champions League game this season. Madrid have won 23 of their 32 home matches against Italian opponents (D3 L6). Overall they have lost only two of their last 28 European fixtures.

Juventus News and Form

There is a long road back for Juventus in this tie, too long of a road more likely than not. They certainly had their chances in the first leg and on any other night, they could easily have taken the victory. Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain could have put Juventus in a strong position as the Italians attacked well and found plenty of space in the Real Madrid defence. But it didn’t happen for them and without anything to build on, this is a tough situation. In the bet365 correct score market a Real Madrid 2-1 option is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:39 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) and it is probably worth backing both teams to get on the scoresheet. Juventus hold a W9 L6 record from two-legged ties against Spanish opposition. Their other trip to Spain this season didn't go well as they lost 3-0 at Barcelona in the group stage. The Bianconeri holds a W19 D15 L23 record from previous games against Spanish sides. Juventus have are W2 D2 L1 away from home in Europe this season and over 2.5 goals at bet356 for 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:39 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) looks a solid proposition. Remarkably this is only the second time they have lost the first leg at home in UEFA competition.

Real Madrid v Juventus Head to Head

The two sides have met 20 times in the European Cup and Real Madrid’s success last week was their tenth win in their games against the Italians. Juventus are there with eight and the two drawn games. So it’s all pretty tight in and from those games real Madrid have scored 25 goals to the 22 by Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last six games against Juventus for real Madrid (nine goals). Madrid have not beaten Juventus in a two-legged tie since the 1986/87 European Cup second round, but they have a W5 D2 L1 record in their eight home games against Juve.

Real Madrid v Juventus Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 8/15, Draw 31/10, Juventus 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 8:39 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)

Real Madrid v Juventus Predictions

Real Madrid should put the tie to bed comfortably enough. Their back line does look a bit dodgy and Juventus got at them well in Turin. But it’s too far back now for the Italians to turn this all around. Look for Madrid to close out with a second leg win too but for both teams to score.
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Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th April 2018

Manchester City
Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 10th April 7.45pm What frame of mind are Manchester City going to be in? They were dealt a psychological blow on the weekend, blowing a 2-0 halftime lead at home against Manchester United in a game which they needed to win to seal the Premier League title. That was just a few days after the 3-0 hammering that they took at Anfield in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final. Are things starting to fall apart for them and does Pep Guardiola have a plan of how they get to handle the Reds?

Manchester City News and Form

This is a tough situation for City. They have to roll out a minimum 4-0 success on the night to make it through in 90 minutes. In the bet365 correct score market the shortest priced option is a Man City 2-1 success at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) which doesn’t get them anywhere close to qualifying. A 4-0 win for them is at 18/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). In their one previous quarter-final appearance, Man City failed against PSG in the 2015/16 season and could be going the same way in this one. Just once before have the Citizens played a European tie against an English side before, losing against Chelsea 2-0 on aggregate in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals. Before they were beaten by Basel at the Etihad in the last round, City were 13 games unbeaten on home soil in Europe, winning four on the trot before that reverses against the Swiss. Overall home and away the Citizens have won six of their eight games in the competition this season. City have won only two of the six UEFA competition ties in which they lost the away first leg. Sergio Aguero is back fit and he is the 7/2 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). He has 15 goals in 16 games in all competitions in 2018.

Liverpool News and Form

So how do Liverpool approach this? Do they try and sit back from kick off. Do they just go and stick to their usual high pressing game which has seen them beat City twice already this season? It is a bit of a dilemma for them. Liverpool are W5 D3 from eight previous two-legged knockout ties against fellow English sides in Europe. From those previous ties, Liverpool have never actually won an away game in Europe against an English rival (D5 L4); their record against English sides in Europe stands at W6 D8 L5. This season in Europe, Liverpool have won two of their four games away from Anfield, but they haven't been all that reliable in terms of collecting away wins. They have only earned four victories in their last seventeen away games (D8 L5) in Europe. But then again, they don’t have to win this game. Liverpool are W29 L5 from previous two-legged ties in Europe when they have won the first leg at home. Four of those occasions were 3-0 home wins for the Reds and they won through on each of those occasions. Liverpool are a threat going forward and both teams to score is at 1/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Liverpool have hit the back of the net in 18 of their last 21 games in all competitions, overall holding a W12 D6 L5 record away from Anfield. Mo Salah will be tested late to see if he’s fit enough to go. The Egyptian has 17 goals in his last 15 appearances for Liverpool.

Manchester City v Liverpool Head to Head

Last week’s meeting at Anfield was the first European clash between the Citizens and the Reds. Overall on the domestic scene, the two clubs have met 178 times before with the Reds well ahead with an 87-44 head to head lead with 46 draws. Man City took a 5-0 home win over Liverpool in this season’s Premier League. But Liverpool turned the tables at Anfield when they met in January, becoming the first side to beat them in this season’s Premier League. There have only been two previous two-legged knockout ties between them (both in the League Cup) with Liverpool winning through on both occasions. As an omen, the Reds went on to the win the trophy on those two occasions 1980/81 and in 2011/12.

Manchester City v Liverpool Betting Odds*

Man City 4/9, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 5/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:26 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)   

Manchester City v Liverpool Predictions

As City don’t look like keeping Liverpool off the scoresheet the Reds are probably still a safe bet to qualify. But the Citizens have to throw the kitchen sink at this now and they did beat Liverpool heavily earlier in the season at the Etihad. City to win but both teams to score.
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Roma v Barcelona Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th April 2018

Barcelona
Roma v Barcelona Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 10th April 7.45pm Roma have an uphill battle to get themselves into this tie make no mistakes about that. They are 4-1 down front first leg at the Nou Camp, the Italians scoring two own-goals in that defeat which obviously didn’t help matters. Now they are going to have to produce something of an astounding come back to battle their way through to the semi-finals. Barcelona have only ever failed three times to win a European tie after winning the first leg at home.

Roma News and Form

It is a long way back for Roma in this tie now. The minimum that they require is 3-0. That looks a bit unlikely to happen. Roma have lost their previous two quarter-final appearances in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, but in this one, they do at least have an away goal thanks to Edin Dzeko but it is likely to be nothing more than a consolation. They have lost their last four quarter final matches now in the competition and their record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs is W3 L4. They just have to be bold and throw everything forward and both teams to score at bet365 is a solid place to start at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Roma holds a W10 D5 L16 record against Spanish clubs and home soil that reads W6 D2 L7. They have failed to take a win in any of their last four home games against Spanish sides though and actually, Roma have won only four of their last eleven Champions League home games. The biggest margin of deficit that they have ever overturned at home in Europe is two goals. Edin Dzeko is their best route to goal and is at 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) at bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market.

Barcelona News and Form

Barcelona have a comfortable cushion in the game with the prospect of away goals as well to come. Luis Suarez netted a late fourth goal for them at the Nou Camp to ease any pressure after Dzeko had gone one back for Roma. Barcelona's record in two-legged ties against Italian sides is W8 L4 and already they have gotten the better of Italian opposition in this season's tournament, having taken four points off Juventus in the group stage. Barcelona aren’t actually in any particularly great form on the road in the Champions League this season only having produced a W1 D3 record. But in that, they have only conceded once. The Catalans have won only five of their last fifteen road games in Europe (D5 L5) so it has not been prolific from them. Against Italian sides, Barcelona holds a W6 D10 L6 record away from home and they are actually winless in their last six visits there (D4 L2). Barcelona have won 38 of the 41 UEFA competition ties in which they won the first leg at home. The Catalans have won just one of their last four away games in all competitions now and in the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). They may not even have to find top gear to qualify here.

Roma v Barcelona Head to Head

Twice before Barcelona and Roma have been paired up in Europe. The first was in the 2001/02 Champions League second group stage with Roma collecting four points from the two meetings, including a 3-0 home win, which is exactly what they need in this one. Following that they were previously together in the 22015/16 group stage and there was a 1-1 draw in Italy on that occasion after Barcelona had won 6-1 at home. So Roma are W1 D2 L3 against the Spaniards now.

Roma v Barcelona Betting Odds*

Barcelona 8/13, Draw 7/2, Roma 7/2 (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)   

Roma v Barcelona Predictions

Barcelona should complete the qualification job easily enough in this one. Roma are going to throw everything at them because they have no choice and are worth backing to get on the scoresheet at least. However, Barcelona are just going to find spaces the more Roma get forward. But Barcelona haven’t been winning away from home this season in the tournament, so back the draw.
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Barcelona v Roma Predictions & Betting Odds – 4th April 2018

Barcelona
Barcelona v Roma Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 4th April 7.45pm Barcelona are firm favourites to progress through the semi-finals from their Champions League quarter-final tie. They have home advantage for the first leg which should count for a lot and they will be expected to open up a positive lead. Roma struggled to get the better of Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round, how will they handle the might of the Catalans?

Barcelona News and Form

Barcelona were given a good test by Chelsea in the round of sixteen because the Blues decided to turn up in both legs and attack them. Ultimately it failed, but they made Barcelona look pretty vulnerable and average at times. Anyway, the Catalans got through and are back in the quarter finals again. They have however had some issues recently at this stage of the competition and are looking to avoid a fourth quarter-final defeat in the last five years. This is the 11th consecutive season that they have been to this stage, and last season they were halted in the last eight by Italian opposition in the form of Juventus. Barcelona are W8 L4 in two-legged ties against Italian sides. They were up against Juventus again this season, taking four points off them in the group stage. Lionel Messi is the 9/4 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Barcelona v Roma 2018 Infographic

After their 3-0 home win over Juventus in the group stage, Barcelona's record at home to Serie A clubs is W15 D6 L2 and they are unbeaten in their last twelve at the Nou Camp against Italian visitors. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 option is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). Barcelona have produced a W5 D4 L1 record in their last ten games against Italian sides home and away combined. Their home record is superb in Europe, after winning all four home games in his season’s tournament, Barcelona are unbeaten now in 25 Champions League home games (W23 D2). They have won eight of their last ten home knockout matches (D2). Barcelona's record in European Cup quarter-finals is W14 L5.

Roma News and Form

Roma did not have an easy time of things as they faced Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of sixteen. After losing 2-1 in the Ukraine, Roma held on in an open second leg for a 1-0 win to squeeze through. The Italians have lost each to their last three Champions League quarter-final appearances now. Their record in Spain isn’t anything to write home about either as they are W4 D3 L8 there from previous visits. Roma did take a win at Villarreal last season, but that is their only victory against a Spanish side in their last eight attempts home and away (D2 L5). Their overall away form in the UEFA Champions League is not good, winning only five of their last 23 matches in the competition in a D8 L10 record. They have however won four of their last seven Champions League games which makes for better reading. Looking at their recent form, they are pretty solid at the back and are in decent shape so under 2.5 goals may be worth a look at 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). But still, despite the Giallorossi having good decent domestic form, their struggles against Shakhtar really and their overall poor way from in this season's tournament (W1 D1 L2) paint a clear picture of their chances here.    

Barcelona v Roma Head to Head

Barcelona and Roma were paired up most recently in the 2015/16 group stage when they played out a 1-1 draw in Italy before Barcelona stomped all over the Giallorossi back at the Nou Camp, the Spaniards winning 6-1. The only other time these two have met was in the 2001/02 Group Stage with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp that time before Roma won 3-0 back on home soil.

Barcelona v Roma Betting Odds*

Barcelona 2/9, Draw 19/4, Roma 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Barcelona v Roma Predictions

This should be routine enough for Barcelona on home soil against the Italians who haven't done a great deal of winning in the Champions League. A comfortable 2-0 home success for the Catalans looks to be around the right mark to shoot for.
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Liverpool v Manchester City Predictions & Betting Odds – 4th April 2018

Liverpool
Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 4th April 7.45pm Liverpool collected a home win over the Citizens in the Premier League and will be looking to double up with a first leg success against them in the UEFA Champions League. This is the first-ever game in UEFA competition between the two of them. Liverpool will know that their best chance of progress is building up a lead in this first leg. But will that leave themselves exposed to the threats of the visitors?

Liverpool News and Form

So this is going to get interesting then. This is Liverpool’s first Champions League quarter-final appearance in nine years. Overall this is the 17th time that two English sides have gone up against each other in UEFA Competitions and this is the tenth such occasion for Liverpool. Liverpool got past Porto in the last round with a 5-0 aggregate win, playing out a 0-0 draw at home in the second leg with the damage done. Liverpool are W3 D2 from their five Champions League home games this season, having tallied sixteen goals in the process. Over 2.5 goals at bet36 5 is probably going to get a lot of backing in this one and that is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). There is a lot more at stake in this one than when Liverpool beat the runaway Premier League leaders Man City at Anfield back in January.

Liverpool v Manchester City 2018 Infographic

It likely to be a lot tenser, is this. Liverpool have won nine of their previous 13 European Cup quarter-finals and of their eight previous two-legged ties against English opposition, Liverpool are W5 L3. Overall Liverpool’s record against English clubs in Europe is W5 D8 L5 with all five of those wins coming at home (D3 L1) so that suggests that they are going to have to build an advantage here. In the bet365 correct score market, the shortest-priced option is a 1-1 draw at 11/2 with a 2-1 victory for Man City following at 17/2* (all Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). The Reds are unbeaten in their last fourteen European home games (W9 D5).

Manchester City News and Form

This is now the second appearance in the European Cup quarter-finals for Man City. They lost 3-2 on aggregate to PSG in the 2015/16 campaign in their previous visit. Just once before they have played an English club in Europe and they lost 2-0 on aggregate to Chelsea in the 1970/71 European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final. City opened with five straight wins in this season’s Champions League, before losing at Shakhtar Donetsk on match day six with their group already won. They have scored exactly four goals in their other three away games in the competition this season though which is much better than last year as they didn’t win a single game on the road during their failed campaign. Sergio Aguero is the 4/1 first goalscorer favourite at bet365 after his prolific 2018. City have the goals in them, will they be able to stand up to Liverpool better defensively this time around?    

Liverpool v Manchester City Head to Head

Liverpool are really the ones with the head to head form between these two sides. They have won their last five Anfield clashes against the Citizens and the last two have been by a one-goal margin in Premier League fixtures. The Reds are undefeated in their last sixteen home fixtures against Man City in all competitions. The Reds have actually five of the last eight overall home and away against Man City in all competitions. Both teams have scored in just two of the last five clashes.

Liverpool v Manchester City Betting Odds*

Man City 11/8, Liverpool 19/10, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 11:54 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Liverpool v Manchester City Predictions

Even though they lost at Anfield in the league, Manchester City will be all the wiser in their preparations. It’s hard to see Liverpool keeping them off the scoresheet and the Citizens just have that extra edge of quality about them overall. But settle on a draw, a score draw giving City an advantage.
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Sevilla v Bayern Munich Predictions & Betting Odds – 3rd April 2018

Alcantara - Ribery (Bayern)
Sevilla v Bayern Munich Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 3rd April 7.45pm Sevilla have made it through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history so they are a bit of a surprise package, to say the least. Their efforts against Manchester United in the least round put them here, but they are underdogs against the heavily experienced Bayern Munich. Will Sevilla's home form stand up to the test in the first leg in Spain?

Sevilla News and Form

This is only the second appearance in the European Cup quarter-finals for Sevilla. Their first attempt was in the 1957/58 and they lost 10-2 to Real Madrid on aggregate (8-0 at home, their record European home defeat). Still, the Spaniards are undefeated on home soil in this season’s Champions League campaign. After holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their round of sixteen tie, they went to Old Trafford and finished off the Premier League side. Sevilla have actually won six of their last ten European home games (D3 L1) and Wissam Ben Yedder, who was the star of the show for them at Old Trafford having coming off the bench, is at 2/1 odds with bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). Sevilla’s previous record in two-legged knockout ties against German opposition is W3 L2. Their last tie against a German side was against Mönchengladbach in their title-winning 2014/15 Europa league campaign. Sevilla v Bayern 2018 Infographic Bayern Munich are in the quarter finals of the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season. They were stopped by Real Madrid at this stage last season, having won their previous six quarter-final ties in a row. Overall Bayern's European Cup quarter-final record is W18 L10. The German powerhouses went up against Besiktas in the last round and romped to an 8-1 aggregate win. This is their first meeting with a Spanish side since meeting Real Madrid last season and overall their away record against Spanish clubs is W6 D5 L15 so it’s not good actually. Away from home in this season’s campaign, Bayern Munich are W3 L1 and surprisingly, given their status in Europe, they have collected just five wins in their last twelve European road games. They are favourites here though and in the bet365 correct score market a Bayern 2-1 win is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018).  

Sevilla v Bayern Munich Head to Head

This will be the first-ever meeting between Sevilla and Bayern Munich.

Sevilla v Bayern Munich Betting Odds*

Bayern Munich 13/20, Draw 3/1, Sevilla 15/4* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Sevilla v Bayern Munich Predictions

Even though Sevilla will be banking heavily on their home form in this one, they are likely to come up short still. Bayern are so experienced, have so much quality pouring forward that Sevilla’s defence which hasn’t looked all that great this season, will probably crumble. Away win and both teams to score.
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Juventus v Real Madrid Predictions & Betting Odds – 3rd April 2018

Real Madrid
Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Preview - UEFA Champions League 3rd April 7.45pm A tough looking tie for Juventus to land, but they are actually looking a decent option to get something out of this first leg. They have home form against Spanish sides and they have won each of their last four two-legged contests against Real Madrid. The Old Lady will be out for revenge as Real Madrid got the better of them in last season’s UEFA Champions League Final. Juventus have to make it count at home.

Juventus News and Form

Juventus were left heartbroken in Cardiff ten months ago, losing the final 4-1 to Real Madrid. For the 18th time in their history, they are in the quarter finals of the European Cup (W12 D5) and they have a pretty strong record at this stage. They have decent form in two-legged ties against Spanish sides at W9 L6, and notably, they have won their last four duels with Real Madrid specifically in two-legged duels. Juventus beat Barcelona 3-0 on aggregate at the stage last season and held the Catalans to a draw in Turin in this season’s group stage. But they are without a win in their last four against Spanish sides now (D2 L2). They are however, unbeaten in their last seven European games (W4 D3), getting past Spurs in the last round in such dramatic fashion after looking out of the running.

Juventus v Real Madrid 2018 Infographic

Juventus have a lot of fight, a lot of substance and grit about them. They have match winners too. In the bet365 correct score market a 1-1 draw is at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018) and the shortest priced option available in it. Juve's overall home record against Liga opposition is W15 D9 L2 and they are unbeaten in their last nine fixtures, losing just one of their last 25 home fixtures in Europe against Spanish sides. So that is a very strong record they can at least look at and take some confidence from. They are undefeated in 27 European home games now (W16 D11) and have suffered only the one reverse in their last 25 UEFA knockout stage games as well (W15 D9).

Real Madrid News and Form

Real Madrid are back in the quarter finals of the European Cup/Champions League for a record 35th time. They have prevailed in each of the last seven visits, this being their eighth season in a row of making it this far. Real Madrid have won their last five games against Italian opposition and overall in two-legged ties against Italian sides they are W12 L9. They failed to win on nine visits to Italy before snapping that sequence with a victory at Roma in the 2015/16 round of sixteen and then followed it up with a win over Napoli in their last trip there. Los Merengues are now W7 D4 in their last eleven games home and away against Serie A sides. Madrid's overall record away to Italian clubs is W6 D8 L18. Real Madrid are W3 L1 on their travels in the Champions League this season, the reverse happening in London against Tottenham in the group stage. They had a rough draw against PSG in the round of sixteen, a team priced up as favourites to win the tournament outright this season at one stage. But Real Madrid showed their character and stepped up to the plate, even though they rode their luck defensively at times and prevailed 5-2 on aggregate. Cristiano Ronaldo is the 7/2 first goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018) and he has scored in every Champions League played this season. Madrid have lost just two of their last 27 European fixtures (W19 D5). Their lack of clean sheets across all competition is really the only big concern about them.    

Juventus v Real Madrid Head to Head

Of the last four two-legged ties in the UEFA Champions League between these two giants, it is Juventus who have come out on top in them, so they do have that going for them. They have the honour of being the last side to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League, which happened in the in the 2014/15 semi-finals. Real Madrid narrowly leads the head to head with 9 wins to 8 (D2) from their previous meetings. But Real Madrid produced that 4-1 win over them in Cardiff last summer in the Final. That was their second Champions League final success against them.

Juventus v Real Madrid Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 6/4, Juventus 9/5, Draw 9/4* (Betting Odds taken at 11:37 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)

Juventus v Real Madrid Predictions

Real Madrid haven’t been good at the back all season and Juventus can make a fist of this. They are just a bit of value to go out and take the most of home advantage because they will know that this is their best chance of making it through. Juventus to win.
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