The first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi finals start tomorrow with Liverpool taking on Roma at Anfield. In the second match – a heavyweight clash – of this week’s action, Bayern Munich host Real Madrid day after tomorrow.
Liverpool vs Roma – Preview
In the big boys’ world of Champions League semi final, Liverpool and Roma are considered minnows in the present circumstances. Both the teams will be happy that they have avoided Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool and Roma are two evenly matched sides. Both the teams are deadly on counter attacks. The match could produce a cloudburst of goals. If you compare the teams, Liverpool have a better attack, while Roma certainly have a better defence.
The face-off between Liverpool’s attack and Roma’s defence could decide the outcome of the match. If the Italian side’s defenders manage to nullify the multi-pronged threat of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Roma will end up with a big advantage.
Jordan Henderson is available for Liverpool, while Alexander Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Oxlade Chamberlain will return to the starting eleven. A full-strength squad is available for Roma. Aleksandar Kolarov, Alessandro Florenzi, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootsman and Edin Dzeko will play a vital role for Roma.
Prediction for online betting: Liverpool to win 2-1.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid – Preview
This match could even be dubbed as Bayern Munich vs Cristiano Ronaldo. CR7 becomes a different beast when he plays Champions League. Real are struggling in the La Liga. But Ronaldo wakes up in the Champions League and almost single-handedly – with due apologies to Isco – took the team thus far.
Bayern will be seeking revenge. Thomas Müller has proclaimed that Real Madrid is beatable. If you watch their performance in the La Liga, you would also think so. However, if you have watched their performance against Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals, you would only wish good luck to Müller. The German side must keep Ronaldo quiet, if they are to entertain any chances of winning this.
Prediction for online betting: Bayern Munich to win 2-0.