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Champions League Semi-Finals Preview & Bets, Tuesday 4th May

Champions League semi-finals previews and best bets between four European powerhouses.

A shot at European glory is on offer for Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. 

Mid-week semi-final action takes place when Real Madrid travel to Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City opens the doors of the Etihad to PSG as we preview the best bets across the final legs.

Manchester City vs. PSG

May 5th 5:00am

Manchester City nurse a 2-1 aggregate lead when it welcomes Paris Saint-Germain to the Eithad on Wednesday morning.

Pep Guardiola took another step towards his maiden Champions League trophy with City after Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez ensured victory at Parc De Princes last week. 

Trailing 1-0 thanks to a Marquinhos 15th minute strike, City went into overdrive after half time as a fortuitous De Bruyne cross somehow found its way into the net in the 64th minute. 

Mahrez then completed the comeback with a 71st minute free-kick from 25 yards that punched its way through the PSG wall. 

PSG would probably count itself a shade unlucky not to come away with at least a tied aggregate despite going down to 10 men late in the game. 

The threat posed by PSG, even if away from home, is alive given the form of flamboyant attacker Kylian Mbappe. 

But the question over his fitness remains a lingering doubt heading into this clash and he seems the only man likely to haul PSG over the line if fit. 

The City back-half is almost impenetrable even if Mbappe is functioning at one hundred percent. 

Ruben Dias and John Stones will be relied upon again to hold fort in defence and not concede the all-important away goals PSG require to reach the final. 

Prediction: Manchester City 1 PSG 1

Suggested Bet: Draw at $4.15

Suggested Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Draw at $4.15

Leg 2: Both teams to score
Leg 3: K. Mbappe Anytime Goal Scorer

Combined odds = $6.75

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid

May 6th 5:00am

Chelsea take the box seat into the final leg of its semi-final tie against Real Madrid when the pair do battle at Stamford Bridge.

With scores tied at 1-1 after a stalemate at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano, Blues’ coach Thomas Tuchel has the ultimate chance to repay the faith showed in him by the Chelsea board after his mid-season hiring. 

The Chelsea faithful could only have dreamt of getting this far in the Champions League this season, following the sacking of Frank Lampard, but the turnaround has been phenomenal. 

Real Madrid will need to be at its 13-time Champions League winning best to overcome its four-game winless run in England. 

Of those four games, Madrid has only managed to score two goals which have yielded two draws and two losses. 

Karim Benzema, the goalscorer of the first leg for Madrid,  could be the very man to cause what the market is suggesting would be an upset. 

The French striker has a six-goal haul registered on the Champions League scoring chart but the likes of Christian Pulisic – who scored the go-ahead goal in the first leg – and Timo Werner will both have something else to say from a Chelsea perspective.

Expecting this to be a draw, given how tightly contested the first-leg was. 

We could be going the full 120 minutes and into penalties.  

Prediction: Chelsea 1 Real Madrid 1

Suggested Bet: Draw $3.3

Same Game Multi:
Leg 1: Draw head to head
Leg 2: Both teams to score (YES)
Leg 3: T. Werner any time goalscorer

Combined odds = $8.5

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