Most Champions League betting fans would agree that the first leg settled business. Ronaldo has a notorious reputation for stepping up to crucial games, and that’s exactly what he did in the first leg against his city rivals, as he put three past Jan Oblak, cementing a strong foot in the final. The mighty Juve were too strong for Monaco and now, the Bianconeri host the French side with a two goal advantage. We’ll analyse each game in more detail to help you make more informed betting decisions when betting on the Champions League semi-finals.
Bet on Juve vs Monaco
Juve have an incredible defence. They’re organised, they defend as a unit and hardly make any errors in their own half. The Bianconeri have only conceded two goals throughout the whole campaign, the least out of all the 32 participants. As expected, Juve are the favourites to win the game with odds priced at 1.66 and 1.02 to make it to the final. Juventus are hoping to reach the CL final for the sixth time and record their third Champions League title. The Bianconeri are unbeaten and can remain unbeaten in their first 12 CL matches of a season for the first time. We don’t see Juve conceding in their upcoming clash, especially in front of a home crowd, already with a foot in the final. We’re expecting Juve to play tight and solid, controlling mid-field play and not showing Monaco much of the ball. This cements the fact that betting on both teams to score might not be the best option. Odds for one team (or none) to score are set at 2.06. Argentineans Gonzalo Higuaín (5) and Paulo Dybala (4 goals) have scored most goals for Juve this Champions League campaign and odds for them to score at any time are priced at 1.77 and 1.55 respectively.
The last team to repair a two-goal deficit in a European knockout tie were AS Monaco themselves in the Last 16 of the Champions League this season. They first lost 5-3 at Manchester City, then won 3-1 at home and advanced on the away goals rule. So it is possible that the French side make a comeback. But it will have to be a miraculous performance to outsmart Allegri’s defense. Monaco have odds of 5.45 to beat Juve and reach the final for their second time in the clubs’ history. The French side are a high scoring team, having found the net 98 times in 35 domestic league matches this season. Falcao is Monaco’s most dangerous striker with odds of 3.65 to score at any time but Allegri will put the proper controls in place to ensure he doesn’t see too much of the ball.
Bet on Atletico Madrid vs Madrid
Many Champions League betting enthusiasts will write off this encounter as they can’t see the Galacticos lose their three goal advantage. However, Diego Simeone is known for his fighting power and will surely channel his energy onto his players. It’s a tricky one for the Atletico boss though, as he’s going to need his men to press forward early in the game to get the early goal. But playing a high pressing and offensive game has its pitfalls, as it leaves gaps in many areas of the pitch which can be easily exploited. An option for Los Blancos will be to play the counter attacking game, where they soak up the pressure and hit them on the break. We’ve all seen the damage they capable of inflicting when catching their opponents on the break.
This will be the 268th edition of 'El Derbi madrileño' in all competitions. Real Madrid lead with 138 wins to Atlético's 67 wins (62 draws). Madrid are the slight underdogs, as odds for them to beat Simeone’s men stand at 2.70. Backing Atletico will potentially return £26.50 from a £10 bet. Both teams to score might be a viable option, with both teams having a big appetite for goals. Odds for both teams to score are set at 1.62. Los Blancos remained unbeaten in both La Liga encounters with Atlético this season. They won 3-0 away (Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick) and drew 1-1 at home. Cristiano Ronaldo (21) is the all-time top scorer in Madrid city derbies and has odds of 2.33 to score at any time.