Champions League Quarter-Finals: Man City Odds-On to Break Their Duck

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Champions League Quarter-Finals: Man City Odds-On to Break Their Duck

The Champions League has reached the semi-final stage and four teams are still dreaming of lifting the prestigious trophy on June 10.

The draw has paired together Manchester City and Real Madrid in a tie that promises to produce a thrilling feast of top-class football.

The other match-up is an all Italian-affair, with AC Milan and Inter Milan set to go head-to-head in a surprise semi-final encounter.

Read on as we take a look at the Champions League semi-finals and assess some of the key betting angles to consider.

Highlights

  • Man City face the acid test
  • Madrid underestimated by the bookmakers?
  • Nothing to choose between Milan pair

Massive Test for Man City

Man City face a massive test in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with Real Madrid standing in their way of a date with destiny.

Pep Guardiola’s side are priced at 8/11 with the best football betting sites to get their hands on the trophy for the first time after sweeping Bayern Munich aside in the last four.

However, it is worth noting that Madrid defeated City at this stage last season before going on to win the competition by beating Liverpool.

Man City will have to be at their best to defeat Madrid, but playing the second leg at home may work to their advantage this time around.

Are Madrid the Value Bet?

The 14-time champions undoubtedly know what it takes to win this competition and will fancy their chances of edging past Man City in May.

They can be backed at odds of 10/3 with Star Sports to claim another Champions League title and that price will attract punters searching for a bit of value.

Madrid beat Chelsea with contemptuous ease in the quarter-finals, but will find Man City a much tougher proposition than the underperforming London club.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti is the only coach to win the competition four times – it would be a brave move to back against him enhancing that record this season.

Italian Teams Set for Epic Battle

AC Milan upset the odds in the other half of the draw to see off runaway Serie A leaders Napoli 2-1 on aggregate in their quarter-final tie.

They will now face local rivals Inter Milan in the last four and are priced at Evens with Star Sports to book their place in the final.

Inter are available at 8/11 to ease past Milan and there will likely to be little to choose between them in each of their two meetings.

The two teams split their league games this season, with a one goal margin separating them on each occasion. It would be no surprise penalties needed to decide this one.

Champions League Semi-Final Fixtures

First Leg

  • May 9 - Real Madrid vs Manchester City
  • May 10 – AC Milan vs Inter Milan

Second Leg

  • May 16 – Inter Milan vs AC Milan
  • May 17 – Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Champions League Outright Odds (via Star Sports)

  • Manchester City – 8/11
  • Real Madrid – 10/3
  • Inter Milan – 7/1
  • AC Milan – 15/2

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