Bet on the Champion League
Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid
Real had knocked out Atletico in the Champions League in each of the last three seasons including twice in the final. This will be the fifth meeting between the teams in the Champions League with Real winning the previous four ties. This will be the seventh straight semifinal appearance for Real. It is their 12th semifinal appearance overall. Real is just 2-5 in their last seven semifinal ties. Their overall record in the semifinals is 14-13. Real is 18-3 at home in the semifinals of the Champions League with six draws.
This will be Atletico’s sixth appearance in the semifinals and their third in the last four years. Atletico is unbeaten at home in the semifinals with four wins and a draw. They are 0-3 with 1 draw on the road in the semifinals. Real Madrid will have to win without Gareth Bale who will miss the semifinals due to injury.
Juventus vs. Monaco
This is an interesting matchup between a Juventus team that has allowed just two goals in the Champions League, while Monaco has scored 24 goals since reaching the group stage. Monaco has never won the Champions League with their best finish being a second place finish in 2004. These teams have met twice previously in the Champions League with Juventus winning both ties.
This will be the fourth semifinal for Monaco and their first since 2004. They are 0-2 with 1 draw on the road in the semifinals. Monaco has played Serie A teams a total of seven times in two-legged ties and they are 1-6.
Juventus will be making their second semifinal Champions League appearance since 2003. It will be their 12th semifinal appearance overall and they are 8-3 in the previous 11. Juventus is 1-6 on the road with four draws in the semifinals.
Juventus played in France earlier this season, as they beat Olympique 1-0 on matchday three. Juventus is unbeaten in their last six against French sides. Juventus has won all previous two-legged series against Ligue 1, going 11-0.
Champions League Picks
Real Madrid was fortunate just to get past Bayern in the quarterfinals and I think the loss of Bale will really hurt them. I will take Atletico to beat Real and advance to the final. In the other matchup, I like Juventus to get past Monaco.
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