And then there were four! The Champions League is officially settling in to clutch time as four uber successful teams face off for the right to be crowned European royalty for a year.
Lets take a look into what bets offer value and what’ll come from these exciting matchups
Madrid v Madrid, can a Champions League draw get any better than that. A local derby rolled into a Champions League Final stage. Stick a fork in me Jerry, I’m done!
Atletico come into this one only beating Real once in their last 6 encounters.
Between these two giants, the under 2.5 has saluted in the last four games at Real’s home ground. Adding to that, Atletico has seen the under 2.5 get the money in 5 of it’s last 6 Champions League matchups.
This is a game where there is so much on the line that it could turn into a stalemate. Both team’s will be feeling the pressure and probably wont be coming out playing their natural free-flowing football. I look for Atletico to make this messy and try and keep the fouls high and the scores low.
Best Bet: Under 2.5
HT/FT: Draw / Real Madrid
Best Value: Draw No Bet - Atletico Madrid
First Goal Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
Anytime Goal Scorer: Antoine Griezmann
Monaco has the opportunity to really spark their future here with a good showing. After becoming the next billionaire boys club, Monaco have really gone from strength to strength this season. They Host Juventus in what should promise to be a cracker of a contest.
Juventus has been stout on the defensive end this campaign. A lot of work has been put into their defensive woes and now they boast 8 clean sheets in their last 10 Champions league games. Remember, Barcelona scored 0 goals against them in 2 games.
Monaco on the other hand loves to score goals and concede goals. Over 2.5 has been a winner in Monaco’s last 7 Champions League games.
I’m a firm believer that defence wins championships. Any team that can shut out Barcelona at their house and the Camp Nou has earnt my respect.
Juventus should prove too good in this one and even if the score gets up, Juventus’ defence should be able to handle a plucky Monaco teams that’s exceeded expectations this season.
Both teams have offensive talent out the wazoo. I’m expecting the seasoned vets in Falcao and Higuain to lift their respective teams. The talent around them will also have an opportunity to shine with Dybala, Mbappe and Pjanic primed for big performances.
Best Bet: Juventus
Anytime Goal Scorer: Kylian Mbappe
First Goal Scorer: Gonzalo Higuain
By Nik Hatzi