Champions League Semi Finals Review with bet365
Posted 11th May 2015
Bayern Munich host Barcelona tonight in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final, and Barca are bringing a 3-0 aggregate lead with them to the Allianz Arena. A phenomenal performance from Lionel Messi saw Barcelona score 3 goals in the closing 15 minutes of a match which looked a 0-0 draw for a majority of the proceedings up until then. bet365 have seen many punters backing the Catalan giants to qualify and Pep Guardiola's men will have to produce a miracle to overcome the 3 goal deficit.
With key men Robben, Ribery and Alaba all set to miss the match, the home team advantage may not be enough to keep out Barcelona's terrifying front 3 of Messi, Neymar and Suarez who have now scored an astonishing 112 goals between them this season, making them the Blaugrana's deadliest ever attacking trio. A selection that saw plenty of money in the first leg was Messi to score two or more goals, priced at 5/1 (6.00) in this second leg, and Neymar and Suarez are both 15/8 (2.87) to find the net anytime.
Barcelona are 17/10 (2.70) to win tonight, and 1/66 (1.28) to qualify for the final in Berlin early next month. Bayern on the other hand are 8/5 (2.60) to win the second leg and 20/1 (21.00) to make it to Berlin. There could easily be a lot of goals in tonight's match, with Barcelona's free scoring form of late set to continue and the Bavarians will be eager to net some goals as a consolation if for nothing else. bet365 are 8/13 (1.61) that there will be more than 2.5 goals in the clash.
Tomorrow is arguably the most exciting of this season's Champions League so far as Juventus travel to Real Madrid with a slim 1 goal advantage and high hopes that they'll be on the plane to Berlin come June 6th. Real Madrid find themselves in the difficult position of facing an Italian team who only need to play for a draw, and Massimillano Allegri will no doubt be focused on erecting a strong defence to try and shut out the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema who will be doing their utmost to get on the scoresheet.
With the first leg being such a low-scoring affair, one could argue that there's plenty of value in under 2.5 goals, priced at 1/1 (2.00), whilst over 2.5 is 4/5 (1.80). It was Carlos Tevez that found the net in the first leg with a second half penalty, and the Argentinian is 7/1 to score first in this outing too. For Los Blancos, CR7 is 3/1 (4.00) to score first, and 15/4 (4.75) to score 2 or more and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that the Portuguese talisman will deliver the goods and keep the Italian's hopes of leading the first team ever to consecutive Champions League trophies.
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