The UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals roll on as the second leg clashes on Tuesday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 5, pit four soccer clubs with very different histories against each other. This time, Manchester City host Paris Saint-Germain at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, while Real Madrid travel to London to come against Chelsea.
It looks like the Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain matchup has already been decided but there is always space for surprises, as history has shown us in the Champions League the past several years. On the other side, the Chelsea vs Real Madrid clash is still open as both teams equally risk missing out on the Final, with the Blues having a slight advantage thanks to the away goals rule.
While picking a straight winner might not be as attractive there are many betting opportunities in the over/under or who scores first that might be much more attractive. Let’s take a look at the sports betting options for these matchups.
Manchester City vs Paris Saint-Germain betting picks (Tuesday, May 4)
Manchester City will have the difficult task to keep their 2-1 advantage from the first leg played on Wednesday, April 28. The start of the game didn't look quite promising for the Citizens, though. Thanks to a brilliant header from Marquinhos, the French side took the lead in the 15th minute, going into half-time with a 1-0 lead. Little did they know what the second half would bring. PSG's defence failed to react to a cross by De Bruyne, which eventually turned into a goal. In addition, their defensive wall failed miserably during a free-kick by Mahrez. Several minutes, later the Parisians even went down to 10 men, as Gueye was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Gundogan.
With another final at stake, Pochettino risks repeating his 2018-19 UCL Tottenham success. A tough battle is expected, but having everything in mind, Pep Guardiola's players are at +150 to win this matchup while the wager on the underdogs Paris Saint-Germain is now at +360. At $100, the bettor could earn $360. Betting that the game has Over 3.5 goals could be an interesting bet, at +142. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than Sergio Aguero, as he is at +400 to be the first one to score.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid betting picks (Wednesday, May 5)
In this matchup, both clubs would have to fight for one spot that leads to the Final. The first leg, played on Tuesday, April 27, ended in a 1-1 draw, but it is Chelsea who have a slight advantage thanks to the away goals rule. In fact, the Blues had an excellent start to the clash, after netting a goal early in the 14th minute thanks to Madrid's very leaky defense. They had the possession but failed to convert their chances, mainly through Werner and the Whites used that to their advantage. Only 15 minutes later, Benzema equalized with a brilliant shot.
An interesting fact is that Real Madrid are yet to win in their first game against Chelsea in their history of clashes. In contrast to the first match, now FanDuel believe that this record will remain untouched, as they favor the Blues +120. On the other hand, Madrid have been unbeaten since January 30. Taking all of this into account, a risky bet might prove to be rewarding later. Thus, betting that the game ends in a 2-1 win for Real Madrid could be a fun bet, at +1200, a $100 bet could earn the bettor $1,200. If you got to pick anyone to put the ball in the back of the net in this game look no further than Karim Benzema, as he is at +480 to be the first one to score.
Parlays for these two Leg 2 matchups of the UEFA Champions League Round Semi-Finals
A solid parlay bet could be the following: Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain to score Over 3.5 goals; Sergio Aguero to score the first goal of the game; Real Madrid to beat Chelsea 2-1, and Karim Benzema to open the score in the clash. At $100, the bettor could win up to $2,222.
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