Champions League Semi Finals – Second Leg Preview
We have now reached the business end of the 2014/15 Champions League competition, and the second legs of this season’s Champions League semi finals look set to be really competitive affairs.
While all the major English sides have now been eliminated, the online sports betting sites outright odds at the start of the tournaments have proved fairly accurate.
All four semi finalists were very well fancied when the league stage began, and it’s only really Juventus who have arguably overachieved.
Tuesday 12th May
Bayern Munich v Barcelona
Having put up a brave fight in last week’s first leg, Bayern Munich ultimately went down by three goals to nil at the Nou Camp, and now face a very difficult task to make it through to the Champions League final.
It looked like Pep Guardiola was going to make a triumphant return to his old club, but the Spainard’s dreams were shattered when Lionel Messi turned it on as the clock struck 77 minutes.
By the time 80 minutes had passed, Messi had scored a brace, before Bayern’s misery was compounded when Naymar scored right at the end of the match.
While a 3-0 score line does slightly flatter Barcelona, the bit of magic from Messi was the difference maker, and the German side will now need to put on a performance of a lifetime to overhaul this three goal deficit.
The best online bookmakers have priced Bayern up as their 6/4 favourites, Barcelona can be backed at odds of 17/10, while the draw is on offer at the 5/2 mark.
While I do fancy Bayern Munich to just edge this second leg match, it is difficult see them doing enough to prevent Barcelona from progressing.
Wednesday 13th May
Real Madrid v Juventus
A fantastic battle at the Juventus Stadium this past Tuesday evening saw the Italian champions run out 2-1 winners over the current Champions League holders Real Madrid.
Juve took the lead on eight minutes when Alvaro Morata came back to haunt his old club, but Real Madrid struck back through Cristiano Ronald mid way through the first half.
While the match could have gone either way, Juve always looked the more likely of the two sides to get a second, and when Dani Carvajal brought down Carlos Tevez in the box, the in form hitman was never going to miss from the penalty spot.
This second leg is sure to be a much tougher ask for Massimiliano Allegri’s men, but Juventus have proven in previous away games that they are more than capable of keeping things tight.
I personally fancy Juve to frustrate their Spanish opponents are come away from the Bernabeu with a 0-0 draw.ydy go a stand out price of 8/13 about the home side, Juventus are available at 9/2, while the draw can be backed at odds of 11/4 with the online bookies.