On Tuesday and Wednesday, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and PSG will go for broke in a battle for who will be crowned the Kings of Europe. Despite the brouhaha over the European Super League (those clubs need to be sanctioned though), the attention of the football world has turned once again to the UEFA Champions League - the most prestigious club competition in the world. After a slow start to the campaign, 13-time winner, Real Madrid will face Chelsea, while last year's finalists PSG, will take on the most in-form team in Europe, Manchester City.
The Quarter-final results that led to this stage are as follows:
Dortmund vs Man City – Man City won (4-2 on agg.)
Liverpool vs Real Madrid – Real Madrid won (3-1 on agg.)
Chelsea vs Porto – Chelsea won (2-1 on agg.)
PSG vs Bayern Munich – Finished 3-3 on agg. (PSG won via the away goals rule)
So how will the semifinals pan out?
Real Madrid - Chelsea
Zinedine Zidane’s side beat Liverpool in the last 8. The Spanish billionaires showed their attacking skills in a 3-1 victory in Madrid, and then displayed their resilience in defense at Anfield to hold the Reds to a goalless draw. Real look unrecognizable from the team who lost at home and away to Shakhtar Donetsk during the group stage of the competition. This game will see Edin Hazard face his former club Chelsea for the first time since he moved to Real Madrid in the summer of 2019. Normally, Real Madrid would be the favourites in such an encounter. But the recent form of Chelsea has made banking on Real Madrid more like an unsafe option. Also, Chelsea have not lost in their last 3 encounters with Real. Both teams to score is 48% likely. Nevertheless, our predictions show that Los Blancos have a 39% chance of beating Chelsea in Spain. While Tuchel's team is 60% likely to get the win.
PSG - Man City
If there is one team that has a real chance of winning the trophy this season, it's Manchester City. If they can find a way to restrict Mbape and Neymar, PSG will be no match for City to win at 45%. But of course, they need to be wary of Pochettino and his tactics which he unleashed against Bayern and sent them out of the competition. In a way, it was a kind of revenge for Les Parisiens' loss in the final last season. This is why PSG to win is 32% likely.
Neither City nor PSG have lifted the trophy before, so they would be giving this match everything they got. For Pep, failure will mean that he has no excuse to give City's billionaires, and may not get more money for player purchase next season. The urgency of both teams to get on the scoresheet is reflected on the sportsbook as Both Teams to Score is 1.60 odds which is about 62.5% likely. Pochettino will also be gunning to prove a point to Tottenham whom he took to the finals of the Champions League three years ago, but got rewarded with a sack. With PSG armed with the deadly trio of Mbappe, Neymar, and Di Maria, our predictions at the sportsbook fancy Mbappe to score at 37% likely, Neymar to score at 3.00 odds, and Di Maria to score at 4.50 odds.
So you have two exciting piece of games to watch and play. Go ahead and bet now!