Champions League preview: Semi-final places up for grabs

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Our football expert previews the second leg quarter-finals of the Champions League, sharing betting tips. Get all the insights into the trends catching his eye ahead of these midweek games.


Chelsea v Real Madrid (0-2) (Tuesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

Things have only gone from bad to worse for Chelsea since their defeat last week in the Champions League. Nother abject league performance saw them lose 2-1 to Brighton and extend their winless run to six in all competitions. 

Real Madrid to win and Both teams to score at 5.00 is the play based on all the trends if you believe Frank Lampard’s side have any fight left. Otherwise, a slightly shorter price of 4.75 for Madrid to Win to Nil at 4.13 is worth a look.

It looks like this one will only go one way… here’s hoping for the Chelsea fans and neutrals watching, that The Blues can put up some sort of fight to Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

Napoli v AC Milan (0-1) (Tuesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

Both teams played out draws in the league at the weekend, but full attention will be on securing a place in the Champions League sem-finals. 

Napoli are the clear favourites going into this one (1.78), but one win in their last four games is cause for concern. 

Thankfully for Luciano Spaletti, star striker Victor Osimhen will be starting in this pivotal tie. He’s 2.06 to score in this one inside 90 minutes, with three goals in his last two games in the competition – he’s one to watch.

AC Milan are favourites to qualify on the night (1.64) and have proven in their last two meetings with the Naples side that they’re not to be underestimated.


Bayern Munich v Manchester City (0-3) (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

After the first leg and recent form of both sides, it’s hard to see anything but a Man City win or draw in this one (1.50)

Bayern have two wins in their last six, and clinging on to first place in the Bundesliga with a slender two-point lead. Given their level of desperation to get anything from the tie, Both Teams to Score is unsurprisingly a short price (1.42).

Whereas City have clear momentum on all fronts, with a three-goal lead in this tie, and the potential to close the gap at the top of the Premier League to one point, plus an FA Cup semi-final this weekend. 

Backing Draw – Manchester City in the HT/FT markets at 6.75 is an option, with neither side pressing in the first half and Pep Guardiola’s side taking advantage of a desperate German side in the second.

Inter v Benfica (2-0) (Wednesday 20:00 UTC+01:00)

The shock of last week’s games saw Inter Milan open up a comfortable lead away from home against the two-time European Cup winners.

Having lost their last three games in all competitions – they’ve opened the door for Porto in second in the league. The Portuguese side are 10.24 to qualify from the tie, proving what an uphill task this will be. 

A much-changed Italian side were narrowly defeated at the weekend, with all hopes put into this game in front of a packed San Siro stadium. Nicolo Barella scored the opening goal last week and is 4.75  to get on the scoresheet once again.


**Odds are subject to change. Odds accurate as of 13:00 UTC+01:00 Tuesday 18th April**

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