Champions League Semi-Finals: 2nd Leg Tips
Our columnists tip up their best bets for the Champions League semi-final second legs
After landing the 4.51/1 double for last week’s first leg tips, we’re feeling confident heading into the second legs. Can we bag the brace?
Liverpool vs BARCELONA (Tuesday, 8pm)
Despite losing 3-0 away from home in the first leg, it would be ignorant to completely rule out a Liverpool (6/4) comeback – certainly just a win – in the return tie against BARCELONA (7/4). .
It’s fair to say the current scoreline doesn’t tell a particularly fair story, with the Reds boasting the lion’s share of possession, creating the most chances and arguably looking the better side at the Nou Camp – which is some feat.
However, the bottom line is they are three goals down against the tournament favourites (4/9) and will need literally everything to go in their favour if they are to pull off what would be a truly miraculous comeback (14/1 – To Qualify).
Add to that the fact that Salah and Firmino have this week been ruled out of the tie with injury, it’s hard to see past another Barcelona win here.
The Spanish side, boasting Lionel Messi in absolutely scintillating form, need just a goal to force Liverpool to require five – something even the most optimistic of Reds fans would struggle to be at all confident about.
It should be an attacking game, certainly from the home side, and we’re fully expecting both teams to score (1/2). However, we can’t not take an away win at a very attractive price (7/4), all things considered.
AJAX vs Tottenham Hotspur (Wednesday, 8pm)
If the first semi-final is all but over already, this one is firmly in the balance, with AJAX (11/10) taking a 1-0 away goal lead into the second leg of their semi-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur (11/5).
The Dutch outfit have been a complete breath of fresh air in the competition this year. A young side, playing with absolutely no fear and simply outplaying anyone who comes against them.
It’s always comforting to take an away goal and a clean sheet from the first leg, and we fully expect Ajax to make the most of that and win again, of course qualifying (2/7) in the process.
Pochettino’s side have won just one game and lost four in all competitions since that classic Champions League encounter with Manchester City, where they only narrowly progressed.
Ajax on the other hand haven’t lost a game of football since March 17 and obviously have the home advantage. Given they probably should have got more from the first leg, we’re thinking they’ll win this in fairly comfortable fashion.
They could well prove to be the value bet – still – to win the whole thing (10/3).
Accumulator price: 4.78/1*
*odds subject to change
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