This is where betting on the Champions League gets a little trickier. Defending champion Madrid will meet city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season's final. Madrid will play the first game at home on the second of May. Monaco will host Juventus on the third of May and as usual, the return legs will take place the following week.
This will be the fourth successive season the sides from the Spanish capital have met in the competition and Atletico have yet to get the better of Los Blancos, including the final in 2014 and 2016. We’ll take a closer look at both clashes to discover the best bets available when betting on the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Bet on Monaco vs Juve
Juve are known for their robust back line. The Italian giants have only conceded two goals in the Champions League so far, and that includes two legs with some of the most dangerous strikers in the world of football. Monaco on the other hand are deadly upfront and the French side is the highest goal scoring team in Europe (domestic leagues) with 92 goals from 33 league games. Their goal average is a staggering +64, a statistic Allegri is well aware of.
Juve are the favourites to emerge victorious in the first leg with odds of 2.30. Allegri will be adamant on getting the away goal and judging by Monaco’s ruthless attacking prowess, betting on both teams to score might be a smart option. Odds for both teams to score are currently priced at 1.63.
Monaco’s attacking system yields many goal scoring opportunities, especially when it comes down to shots per game. This year, the French side have produced a total of 14 (13.9) shots per game, 6 of them on target. At home, this statistic increased to 15.5 shots per game. Odds for Monaco to win the first leg are set at 3.05, but if you want to back Monaco and looking for some security, try double chance betting on Monaco, as odds for them not to lose the game are priced at 1.64.
These two sides met twice before in the Champions League, with Juve going through on both occasions. Over 2.5 goals is a bet worth considering, as odds are currently priced at 1.76. Under 2.5 goals has odds of 2.10, which should also be considered as teams might not want to risk going out too much on the offensive, as conceding an early goal can cause havoc and heavily impact the second leg.
Bet on Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Both these sides can give endless reasons why they dislike each other. The most obvious being that they’re both from the same city. Madrid are almost always the favourites to win and this clash is no exception. Odds for Los Blancos to win the first leg are priced at 1.80 and odds for Atletico not to lose (double chance betting) are set at 2.02.
These two sides have met 34 times before and twice in the 2016/2017 season. Los Blancos lost at the Bernabéu last season to their city rivals, which proves that Diego Simeone’s men are well capable of defying the odds.
Gareth Bale will be missing the upcoming semi-final clash. Bale limped off early during Sunday's 3-2 La Liga defeat at home to Barcelona with what is the 17th different injury of his four seasons in Spain, and tests have now shown a grade 2 problem in his left calf muscle.
From the last five times these two sides met, only one game ended in over 2.5 goals. Odds for the game to end in under 2.5 goals are set at 1.84 while over 2.5 goals are priced at evens.