UCL Semi-Finals Betting Preview & Soccer Picks: On the Road to Berlin

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:59 PM GMT

Tuesday, Apr. 28, 2015 3:59 PM GMT

The UEFA Champions League held its semifinal draw last week setting up for 4 fantastic legs in these Semifinals. So, is there any value to be found in Futures soccer odds markets? 

Introduction
Defending UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid and Barcelona from Spain’s La Liga, German Fußball-Bundesliga champions and 2013 tournament champions Bayern Munich and Italian Serie A champions Juventus all went into last Friday’s Semifinal draw in Nyon, Switzerland knowing it would now be impossible not to get a great team in the tournament’s draw, and things worked out where none of the three remaining European countries (Spain, Germany and Italy) will be having a club from their country playing another club from within that country, with Real Madrid getting Juventus and Barcelona drawing Bayern Munich, the club which eliminated them 7-0 (aggregate) in the 2012/2013 Champions League. Leg 1s of the these Semifinals will be held on Tuesday, May 5 (Juventus vs. Real Madrid in Italy) and May 6 (Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich in Spain) with the Leg 2s taking place the following week on Tuesday, May 12 (Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona in Germany) and May 13 (Real madrid vs, Juventus in Spain). The two Semifinal winners will then meet in the UEFA Champions League final which will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany (FOX, 20:45 CEST—2:45 p.m. ET/11:45 am. PT).

Lets check in depth the soccer betting odds for this elite semi-finals event and all the early value we have found heading into next week.

 

Odds to Win UEFA Champions League—(bet365)
Barcelona +200 (2/1)
Real Madrid +200 (2/1)
Bayern Munich +250 (5/2)
Real Madrid +800 (8/1)

 

To Reach UEFA Champions League Final—(bet365)
Real Madrid -275
Barcelona -137
Bayern Munich -110
Juventus -210

 

Name The Finalists Odds—(bet365)
Real Madrid—Barcelona +137
Real Madrid—Bayern Munich +187
Juventus—Barcelona +450
Juventus—Bayern Munich +600

 

UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Leg 1 Odds
Tuesday, May 5—at Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy (FS1, 2:45 pm ET/11:45 am PT)
Juventus +187, Real Madrid +150, Draw +229; Total: 2½ U -162, Over +125 (bet365)

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UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Leg 1 Odds
Wednesday, May 6—at Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain (FS1, 2:45 pm ET/11:45 am PT)
Barcelona -105, Bayern Munich +280, Draw +260; Total: 2½ Over -127, Under +107 (bet365)

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Keep checking on SBR's Champions League odds board for more updates.

UEFA Semifinalists Recent Tournament Form Guides
Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Form: WWWWWWWLDW
Juventus UEFA Champions League Form: WLLWWDWWD
Barcelona UEFA Champions League Form: WLWWWWWWWW
Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Form: WWWWWLWDWLW

 

Some Things Worth Knowing Heading In
1—All bookings expire at completion of the quarterfinals round.
2—This is the first year Vanishing Spray has is being used.
3—Real Madrid is ranked #1 by UEFA, are the defending hodrs (tournament champions), have 10 Champions league titles are trying to become the first-ever repeat champions.
4—Real Madrid has three key Injuries to watch to Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric which could definitely have an impact on the series should all three not be able to play.
5—Bayern Munich also has its share of injuries it has been dealing with through the tournament, including to CBs Holger Badstuber, Mehdi Benatia and Javi Martínez and midfielder Arjen Robben who some in the media have speculated will make a surprise return in the Semis Leg 2 at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
6—Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be facing his old club, Barça, for the first time.
7—Barcelona’s trio of Lionel Messi (49 goals), Luis Suárez (20 goals) and Neymar (35 goals) have a mind-boggling 104 goals (through Sunday) in all competitions.
8—Bayern Munich has won of 4 UEFA Champions League visits to Nou Camp (Barcelona).
9—Juventus is in the Semifinals for the first time in 12 years (2002/2003).
10—Juventus star MF Paul Pogba is still out with an injury but may return for The Old Lady for Leg 2 in Madrid.
11—Both the Men’s and Women’s UEFA Champion League trophies have arrived in Berlin.

 

Conclusion
We will have all previews forthcoming for all four UEFA Champions Leagues Semifinals legs as well as some Semifinals previews for the tournament’s little brother, the UEFA Europa League. As far as making a soccer pick and finding some value in all of these early numbers above, it seems there may be the slightest of value on the holders, Real Madrid (+200 to win UEFA Champions League, bet365) who have last year’s tourney MVP Cristiano Ronaldo and probably have the easiest of the four foes left in Serie A champions Juventus and captain Andrea Pirlo. But with those aforementioned injuries to Bale, Benzema and Modric, it may be best to find a particular spot, although the Galacticos do have a solid roster and still have midfielders like Isco, James Rodríguez, Toni Kroos, Jesé and Asier Illarramendi with which to work. This club has been on a mission, and with the La Liga championship possibly just out of reach, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and his dynamic squad will now be focusing on becoming the first-ever repeat UEFA Champions league champions. No small feat.

UEFA Champions League Futures Soccer Pick: Real Madrid +200 at Bet365

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