What an interesting few weeks it’s been in European Soccer since the last round of the UEFA Champions League. For a while there, the semi-finals were in some doubt after UEFA threatened three of the teams in Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid with bans due to their involvement in the Super League.
The dust has settled on that now though, and we are ready to go with the first leg of the semi-finals kicking off on Wednesday morning this week. We have you covered with a full preview and betting tips for the first leg of both matchups below.
Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, Wednesday 28th April 5.00am (AEST)
The Blues have very big month coming up. They are currently in a battle for a top four spot in the EPL, sitting in fourth place just three points clear of the trailing pack and they also have a FA Cup final against Leicester to worry about, which will be played on the 16th of May. First on the agenda for Chelsea though, will be their clash against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Champions League.
A win for the Blues would see them advance to their first Champions League final since they won against Bayern Munich back in the 2011-12 season. Their opponents in Real Madrid certainly aren’t experiencing the same type of drought. Madrid won three straight Champions League finals from 2016-2018 but have been eliminated from the tournament in the round of 16 in both seasons since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.
Madrid has been solid in the La Liga so far this season. They currently sit 2nd on the table to cross town rivals Atletico, trailing by just two points after maintaining a 21-8-4 record to date. Interestingly, these two teams have pnly played three times in their history, with all three games being playe din Madrid, Chelsea have scored in all three games and secured one win, no doubt a solid away record against one of the best teams in the world.
The Blues start as heavy underdogs on the road on Wednesday morning and given their solid form in the EPL of late, I love them with the draw no bet insurance.
Parc des Princes, Thursday 29th April 5.00am (AEST)
All things going according to plan with the random fixture drawings, this matchup would have been the final. These two teams, along with German side Bayern Munich are probably the best in the world at the moment, and I could see whoever wins this matchup going on to win the final itself. Personally, I’m happy they matched up in the semi-final, because now we get to watch this blockbuster once in Paris and once in Manchester.
Paris was too good for Bayern in the quarter finals, winning 3-2 on the road before being downed 1-0 at home. Manchester City recorded two 2-1 wins over Borussia Dortmund to advance to the semi-finals and their form in the EPL has been ridiculous. The Sky Blues currently sit 10 points clear atop the table with a 24-5-4 record this season and have won 30 of their last 33 games in all competitions.
These two teams have faced off three times in their history, most recently a two leg meeting in the 2016 Champions League. Manchester City came out on top of that fixture, drawing the away leg 2-2 before winning 1-0 at home. They start as favourites on the road and given their dominance in all competitions this season, I’m backing them to win here.
Super Saturday is always a good day of viewing and this week should be no different. Scooby has been seeing them well of late and he is back again with a full preview and betting tips for all three games here read more
The 2020/21 Premier League season is nearing its conclusion, with Manchester City to be crowned champions if they can beat Chelsea this weekend. We’ve got you covered with previews and tips for the key fixtures right here! read more
It’s here! The long awaited Grand Final replay in season 2021 of the AFL is upon us as the Tigers host the Cats on Friday night in Round 8. As usual, PuntingInDanger has you covered with his full preview and betting tips for the clash here read more
After just one game in Sydney last week, Friday night action delivers 2 matches, making it 3 consecutive games in the city to start the round. As usual, ScoobysTips is back on deck with a full preview and betting tips for both games this Friday night here read more
The best Australian sports betting sites ensure safe and successful online betting for punters. Here's our list of the best sports betting options in Australia. read more
Julian Vallance from Sportsbet takes us through some of the key factors which he uses with pricing upcoming horse races such as performance ratings. Check out his video from Sportsbet here. read more
Over-Round is an important concept for both punters and sportsbooks. It's how Australian sportsbooks make money! All punters should understand over-round, how to spot it, and how to find better value on the Betfair Exchange. read more
Ever wondered why you can get such great odds at Betfair in comparison to other online bookmakers? We break down why that is the case and why Betfair isn't just for professional punters here read more
We have a new leader on our 2021 AFL Brownlow Medal leaderboard with Brisbane's Hugh McLuggage enjoying the absence of his Brownlow medal teammate to rack up plenty of votes this season. Check out where we sent the Brownlow votes for Round 7 of the AFL season. read more
Melbourne's Christian Petracca is now among the favourites for the 2021 Brownlow Medal and he's taken in the lead in our counts after another best-on-ground performance in Round 6. Find out who else got the Brownlow votes and our current Brownlow leaderboard here. read more
Another exciting round of AFL action is complete, and the 2021 Brownlow Medal race appears to be pretty wide open at this stage. Find out who got the Brownlow votes over the weekend with our Brownlow medal vote predictions for Round 5. read more
BetDeluxe have announced the launch of their mobile App to Australia for both iOS and Android mobile devices. With a great range of features and exclusive daily promos, the BetDeluxe App is a must-have for any serious punters. Find out more about the BetDeluxe App here! read more