We have reached the semi-final stage of the 2015/2016 Champions League and all four teams remaining in the competition are a genuine chance of lifting the biggest prize in club football.
The elimination of Barcelona has really opened up the competition and the betting suggests that there will be very little between both teams in the semi-finals this week.
I have closely analysed both semi-finals and have come with betting recommendations for both fixtures!
Wednesday 26 April, 4:45pm, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City showed plenty of courage to get through a very difficult tie against Paris St Germain and qualify for the Champions League semi-finals for the very first time.
This is a big occasion for Manchester City, but their side is packed full of players that have a great deal of big game experience and the way they shut down Ibrahimović and co. will give them confidence that they can handle a Real Madrid squad that has plenty of fire power.
Real Madrid were awful away from home against Wolfsburg in the first leg of the quarter-final before a Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick saved their blushes on the return leg, but they really can’t afford a similar slip-up against Manchester City.
The Spanish side is unbeaten in their past eight games in the Champions League against English Premier League sides, but their record away from home in the knockout stages of the tournament is not particularly flattering.
Real Madrid will take a fairly conservative mindset into the first leg and the Manchester City has improved enough in the last month to keep the likes of Ronaldo quite – if Zindedine Zidane elects to keep the majority of his midfield in a holding position.
A low-scoring draw is what I expect from this fixture and the $3.40 that is currently available for the draw is an excellent bet.
Recommended Bet: Back The Draw @ $3.40
Wednesday 6 April, 4:45am, Vicente Calderon
Atletico Madrid are often left out of the discussion about the best teams in Europe due to the attention that is garnered by both Real Madrid and Barcelona, but they are a dominant force in their own right and they proved that with their victory against Barcelona in the quarter-finals.
I expect home ground advantage to be massive in this tie and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Atletico have a clear edge at Vicente Calderon.
Atletico have won 12 out of their 16 Champions League games at home since Diego Simeone took over as manager, while Bayern Munich have not won in their past seven away games in the Champions League knockout stages.
You have to respect Bayern Munich, but they were far from impressive against Benfica and their defence has been far from impressive in recent weeks.
The $2.90 on offer for Atletico Madrid to record another upset win is well over the odds and I am more than happy to throw my support behind the side again.
Recommended Bet: Back Atletico Madrid To Win @ $2.90