The Champions League is back tonight with the first of two semi-finals taking place at The Bernabeu Stadium, for the clash between Real and Atletico Madrid who face each other in the competition for the fourth consecutive season.
It has been a successful fixture for Real Madrid in this competition, winning against their rivals in the final twice and knocking them out in the quarters back in 2015.
Tonight’s hosts will be hoping to continue the trend and they’ll be confident of doing so, having won four out of their last five games, with their loss coming to Barcelona in the latest El Clasico meeting, where Lionel Messi clinically scored the winner with the last kick of the game.
It’s also worth pointing out that in their last five games, Zidane’s men have scored sixteen goals and conceded nine, which could lead punters to think there’ll be plenty of goals this evening. BetBright are currently offering 11/4 for there to be over (3.5) goals.
As always, Real will be relying on a big performance from their star man, Christiano Ronaldo, who scored five out of their six goals scored against Bayern Munich in the quarter finals. Ronaldo is 3/1 to score first with BetBright.
Real will be confident, but the togetherness and fight that Diego Simeone’s team display year on year will be shown again tonight, and is proven with their impressive form, where Atletico are unbeaten in their last twelve games, conceding just four goals. Odds for Atletico to keep a clean sheet against their rivals are priced at 7/2.
Atletico have been runners up twice in the last three years and apart from gaining valuable European experience, they will definitely have something to prove tonight. They certainly do not lack quality, with players like Antoine Griezmann (6/1 first scorer) and Fernando Torres (17/2 first scorer), who are proven match winners and will be eager to get one over on Real.
Simeone will have Atletico believing that this really is their year and Zidane’s men will be full of confidence, knowing that their record against their rivals speaks for itself. As we have seen time and time again in the Champions League, we should expect the unexpected, but one thing which is for sure, is that tonight’s game will be thoroughly entertaining.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.
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