Man City are 9/5 favourites in bwin’s Champions League winner predictions, with Chelsea quoted as 33/20 underdogs to prevail in Istanbul on May 29. The Citizens are 20/23 to oblige in normal time at Ataturk Stadium, with their opponents 3/1 to achieve that feat and it is 5/2 for extra-time to be needed.
Chelsea looked the better team in the first leg of this Champions League semi-final and would be justified in feeling they deserved more than a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital. Christian Pulisic’s opener was cancelled out by Karim Benzema but Chelsea’s away goal means Madrid must score at Stamford Bridge to have any chance of progressing.
The football world is in turmoil following a European Super League announcement which could shake up the very foundations of the sport. It is proposed the new competition will be a rival to the Champions League, with organisers claiming it will generate increased and guaranteed income for clubs involved.
Liverpool’s defensive frailties were cruelly exposed by Real Madrid in Spain but we feel this Champions League quarter-final tie is far from over. The Reds finished the first leg strongly and can draw on the experience of plenty of past Anfield fightbacks for encouragement ahead of the return fixture.
Phil Foden’s last-gasp strike ensured Man City a slender advantage against Borussia Dortmund as they continue their quest for the quadruple. City seemed set to be heading to Germany with the tie delicately poised at 1-1 when Marco Reus cancelled out Kevin De Bruyne’s opener with six minutes remaining.
Chelsea return to Sevilla for the second leg of their Champions League clash with Porto in a commanding position after winning the first encounter 2-0. The Blues dominated possession and were rarely threatened at the back, so it is hard to see them not booking a spot in the semi-finals on that evidence.
Man Utd remain the only English team to have claimed Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League trophies in the same season, but Man City are 9/2 to land the same Treble bet. The Blues won all three major domestic competitions two years ago and will now try to also conquer Europe for the first time.
Bayern Munich aren’t going to give up their hold on the Champions League trophy lightly, judged on a 4-1 triumph away to Lazio three weeks ago. Hansi Flick’s side have since gone on to secure a trio of entertaining Bundesliga victories, although they did fail to keep a clean sheet in any of those games either.