Champions League And Other Big UEFA Semi Finals 1st Legs

Champions League And Other Big UEFA Semi Finals 1st Legs

After what has been an unusually long but no less exciting season in European football, we are not at the semi-final stages of the three major club competitions in Europe.

This week, the first leg ties of all six semi-final ties will be contested across the Champions League, Europa League and Europe Conference League.

Two Premier League teams, Manchester City and West Ham, will join two teams from La Liga, one from Switzerland, one from the Netherlands, one from the Bundesliga and five from Serie A competing for a place in the final of their competition.

And of course, you can enjoy a bet on all the games taking place this week.

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Champions League Semi Finals 1st Leg

Tuesday 9th May

Real Madrid v Manchester City (8pm)

Venue – Bernebeu

Referee – Artur Dias (Portugal)

Head To Head – Played 8, Madrid Wins – 3, Man City Wins – 3, Draws – 2

Form – Real Madrid – WWWLW; Manchester City – WWWWW

Champions League Wins – Real Madrid – 14, Manchester City – 0

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Real Madrid – 21/10, Man City – 6/5, Draw – 13/5

Can Manchester City gain revenge for their shock loss to Real Madrid in last year’s competition. Two late goals ended City’s hopes in stunning fashion and powered Real onto the final. Real remain a big threat in this competition, but I think City have the personnel to to be able to go to the Bernebeu and pick up a stunning win.

Probable Teams

Real Madrid – (4-3-3) – GK – Courtois, DR – Carvajal, DL – Camavinga, DC, Alaba, Militao, MC – Modric, Valverde, Kroos, AMR – Rodrygo, AML – Vinicius Jr., AC – Benzema

Manchester City – (3-2-4-1) – GK – Ederson, DC, Ake, Dias, Akanji, DMC, Rodri, Stones, AMR – Silva.B, AML – Grealish, AMC – Gundogan, de Bruyne, AC – Haaland

Predicted Score –  Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City – 17/2

Wednesday 10th May

AC Milan v Inter Milan (8pm)

Venue – San Siro

Referee – Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)

Head To Head – Played – 201, Milan Wins – 63, Inter Wins – 77, Draws – 61

Form – Milan – WDDWD, Inter – WWWWL

Champions League Wins – AC Milan – 7, Inter Milan – 3

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Milan – 21/10, Inter 29/20, Draw – 21/10

What a game this promises to be; a derby game, two teams who occupy the same stadium in the semi finals of European football’s biggest club competition. This should be a fantastic opportunity for either of these sides to reach the final and I can see this opening game being a very cagey affair and I’d expect a draw after 90 minutes to be honest.

Probable Teams

AC Milan – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Maignan, DR – Calabria, DL – Hernandez, DC – Kjaer, Tomori, DMC – Tonali, Krunic, AMR – Messias, AML – Leao, AMC – Bennacer, AC – Giroud

Inter Milan – (3-5-2) – GK – Onana, DC – D’Ambrosio, Acerbi, Bastoni, DMR – Darmian, DML – Dimarco, MC – Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, AC – Lukaku, Correa

Predicted Score – AC Milan 1-1 Inter – 5/1

Europa League Semi Finals 1st Leg

Thursday 11th May

AS Roma v Bayer Leverkusen (8pm)

Venue – Stadio Olimpico

Referee –  Not Appointed Yet

Head To Head – Played – 3, AS Roma Wins – 1, Leverkusen Wins – 1, Draws – 2

Form – AS Roma – LDDLW; Bayer Leverkusen – DWWDL

Europa League Wins – AS Roma – 1, Bayer Leverkusen – 1

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Roma 11/10, Leverkusen 11/4, Draw – 23/10

Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen team have bounced back from a disappointing start to the Bundesliga campaign and defeated some good teams to reach this stage of the tournament. So have AS Roma though, especially their 4-1 extra time win over Feyenoord in the last round. This is going to be tight and edgy and I think a low scoring draw is likeliest here.

Probable Teams

AS Roma – (3-4-2-1) – GK – Patricio, DC – Mancini, Ibanez, LLorente, DMR – Zalewski, DML – Spinazzola, MC – Cristante, Matic, AMC – Wijnaldum, Pellegrini, AC – Belotti

Bayer Leverkusen – (3-4-2-1) – GK – Hradecky, DC – Kossounou, Tah, Hincapie, DMR – Frimpong, DML – Bakker, MC – Andrich, Demirbay, AMC – Diaby, Adli, AC – Hlozek

Predicted Score – AS Roma 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen – 11/2

Juventus v Sevilla (8pm)

Venue – Allianz Stadium

Referee – Not Appointed Yet

Head To Head – Played – 4, Juventus Wins – 2, Sevilla Wins – 1, Draws – 1

Form – Juventus – WWDLL; Sevilla – WLWWW

Europa League Wins – Juventus – 3, Sevilla – 6

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Juventus – 3/4, Sevilla – 4/1, Draw – 13/5

Two of the most successful teams in the Europa League’s long history meet in Turin on Thursday night in what should be a cracker. Juventus start as the favourites to win this first leg but each time Sevilla reach the semi-finals of this cup previously, they have won it, hence I am going for the Spaniards to land another fine result here.

Probable Teams

Juventus – (3-5-1-1) – GK – Perin, DC – Sandro, Bonucci, Bremer, DMR – De Sciglio, DML – Kostic, MC – Rabiot, Locatelli, Miretti, AMC – Di Maria, AC – Chiesa

Sevilla – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Dmitrovic, DR – Montiel, DL – Telles, DC, Nianzou, Bade, DMC, Rakitic, Gueye, AMR – Suso, AMC – Ocampos, AML – Lamela, AC – En-Neysiri

Predicted Score – Juventus 2-2 Sevilla – 18/1

Europa Conference League Semi Finals 1st Leg

Thursday 11th May

Fiorentina v FC Basel (8pm)

Venue – Artemio Franchi

Referee – Not Appointed Yet

Head To Head – Played – 2, Fiorentina Wins – 0, FC Basel Wins – 1, Draws – 1

Form – Fiorentina – LDWDL, FC Basel – WLWWL

Conference League Wins – Fiorentina – 0, FC Basel – 0

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Fiorentina – 2/5, FC Basel 7/1, Draw – 15/4

Fiorentina were amongst the favourites to win this trophy this season but FC Basel have done very well to get this far, with a fine win over Nice in the last round seeing them reach this semi final. At home, the Italian side have been a little off-form of late, but I think they will use their experience to land the win here.

Probable Teams

Fiorentina – (4-3-3) – GK – Terracciano, DR – Venuti, DL – Biraghi, DC – Milenkovic, Igor, MC – Bonaventura, Mandragora, Barak, AMR – Gonzalez, AML – Sottil, AC – Jovic

FC Basel – (3-1-4-2) – GK – Hitz, DC – Lang, Kasim, Pelmard, DMC – Xhaka, AMR – Ndoye, AML – Burger, AMC – Diouf, Millar, AC – Zeqiri, Amdouni

Predicted Score – Fiorentina 2-0 FC Basel – 6/1

West Ham United v AZ Alkmaar (8pm)

Venue – London Stadium

Referee – Not Appointed Yet

Head To Head – The two teams have not met in a game as yet.

Form – West Ham – WLLLW, AZ Alkmaar – DWWWL

Conference League Wins – West Ham – 0, AZ Alkmaar – 0

Current bet365 FT Result Odds – West Ham 3/5, AZ – 19/4, Draw – 3/1

The English side are the favourites in this first leg, despite a lowly league position. AZ Alkmaar are flying high in the Dutch league in fourth spot after drawing with Ajax at the weekend but away from home you’d expect them to struggle against a bouncing London Stadium crowd.

Probable Teams

West Ham – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Fabianski, DR – Coufal, DL – Cresswell, DC – Aguerd, Ogbonna, DMC – Rice, Soucek, AMR – Bowen, AML – Benrahma, AMC – Paqueta, AC – Antonio

AZ Alkmaar – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Ryan, DR – Sugawara, DL – Kerkez, DC – Hatzidiakos, Beukama, DMC – Reijnders, Clasie, AMR – Odgaard, AML – van Brederode, AMC – Mijnans, AC – Pavlidis

Predicted Score –  West Ham 3-1 AZ Alkmaar – 12/1

*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport at the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.

Author: Joseph Gray