Champions League: Liverpool's Outright Odds Shorten As Bayern Munich And Real Madrid Clash in Last Four
The draw for the Champions League semi finals has been made and Liverpool will arguably be the happiest of the four teams remaining. The Reds, who eased past Manchester City in the quarter finals, will face Roma, Barcelona’s conquerors who achieved one of the greatest comebacks in the competition’s history. Mohamed Salah, who has been a revelation in the Premier League this season, will return to face his former club.
Two true European heavyweight and the favourites to go all the way this season, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, also face off in what is the most played semi final meeting in Champions League history. They have already played each other, and this really should be an intriguing tie. Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane will be hoping for a third successive title, while Jupp Heynckes aims to repeat his feat of five years ago, when he led Bayern to an historic treble. Real still remain outright favourites at 2/1 with Betfair.
This game really does favour Liverpool, not only because they match up best with Roma, but also because they have the first leg at home. The Reds showed that the traditional thought process of playing at home second is better is not always the case, racing into a 3-0 lead against Manchester City in the quarter finals and making it so tough for them to recover.
Roma, though, will not be an easy side to overcome. Eusebio Di Francesco has shown himself to be tactically very astute in this campaign, and they obviously strck fear into the hearts of Barcelona, having already beaten Chelsea 3-0 at home and drawn 3-3 at Stamford Bridge in the group stages. But Jurgen Klopp’s side are 1/2 favourites, per Betfair.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
These two old foes know all about facing each other in the Champions League, particularly in the semi final stage. Neither will be particularly pleased about it, but both know exactly how to beat the other having done so in previous years on the way to winning the competition. Real, for example, won 4-0 in Bavaria on their way to winning La Decima in 2014; they have lifted the trophy twice since then.
This will be Heynckes’ last attempt at winning the Champions League again, before he is replaced by Niko Kovac in the summer. Betfair are offering 2/1 odds on Real Madrid to progress.