Real Madrid Now Champions League Favorites Heading Into Semifinal
After one of the wildest quarterfinal rounds in Champions League history, the semifinal field has been set with teams from four different countries (Spain, Germany, England, Italy), the first time that’s happened in eight years. Here are the odds to advance to the final:
- Real Madrid (-130) vs. Bayern Munich (+110)
- Liverpool (-225) vs. Roma (+185)
The first legs of the semifinals take place on Tuesday, April 24 and Wednesday, April 25. The second legs are a week later, Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2.
Real Madrid (+195)
Following Barcelona’s shocking exit, Spanish rivals Real Madrid are the new favorites at +195, aiming to win their third straight title. They will play Bayern Munich in the semifinal, which is likely the last team they wanted to face. They were +160 to win the title before being matched up with Bayern, and are now +195.
Bayern Munich (+210)
Bayern Munich haven’t been overly impressive this tournament, but have had fortunate matchups on their way to the semifinals, and sit just behind Real Madrid at +210. Their longest odds during the season were +800 back on December 4th, 2017 when they were still in the group stage. They were hoping to avoid Real Madrid in the semifinal, but that’s who they got.
Liverpool beat Manchester City in both legs of their quarterfinal matchup and are oozing with momentum heading into the semifinal. Their longest odds during the tournament were +3500 back in late September, but they’re now down to +220. Liverpool were fortunate to get Roma in the semifinal, and won’t have to play Bayern Munich or Real Madrid until a potential final.
Roma were 250-1 to win the Champions League prior to their second-leg matchup vs. Barcelona, and were 25-1 just to advance to the semifinal. But they were able to pull off the miracle by beating Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg after losing 4-1 in Spain in the opening leg. Roma were +1050 to win the title prior to matching up with Liverpool, and they’re now down to +845.
Cover photo features Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo