Champions League semi-final second leg preview and tips

After tight first legs, both of this seasons Champions League semi-finals are incredibly hard to call.

Tuesday night see’s the holders Bayern Munich host Real Madrid, a goal down from the first leg, thanks to Karim Benzema’s strike.

Chelsea host Atletico Madrid with a depleted side, however with a good chance of making the final, after their goalless draw at the Vicente Del Calderon last week away to Atletico Madrid.

Bayern Munich (0) vs. (1) Real Madrid

No side have ever defended the Champions League and Bayern Munich certainly have their work cut out if they are to become the first.

Despite dominating possession last week in the Bernabeu, Munich rarely threatened Iker Casillas in the Real Madrid goal.

The hosts created all the best chances and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping they won’t live to regret Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria’s misses in particular.

Bayern Munich haven’t been themselves since securing the Bundesliga title in March and were given a scare by Manchester United in the previous round.

Pep Guardiola may recall Mario Gotze to the side, after he was on the bench at the Bernabeu, whilst Real Madrid look set to start Gareth Bale, after a bout of flu meant he was also among the subs last Wednesday.

There is no deadlier side on the counter attack than Real Madrid and it’s hard to look past them scoring in Germany, meaning Bayern will need at least three goals to progress.

Munich had 15 corners of their own last week and backing over 12 corners at better than evens looks a decent bet.

Best bet: Real Madrid to make the final – 4/6 with Bet 365

*Other bets: Both teams to score 4/7; Over 12 corners 11/10

Chelsea (0) vs. (0) Atletico Madrid

Thiabut CourtoisIn their last two matches, Chelsea have set out a defensive wall, which neither Atletico Madrid or Liverpool have been able to breach.

Jose Mourinho looks unable to call upon captain John Terry who is a real doubt for the return leg.

Petr Cech won’t feature again this season, whilst Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel are both suspended, with Mohammed Salah and Nemanja Matic also ineligible.

Eden Hazard and Oscar are expected to shake off injuries and start on Wednesday, whilst Atletico Madrid can almost rely on the same side that played last week.

Gabi is suspended, however Diego Simeone will go into the game confident, especially given the form and return to fitness of Diego Costa.

Given the face Chelsea may need to come out and play a bit more at Stamford Bridge, I fancy Atletico to score, meaning Chelsea will need at least two goals to progress.

Back Atletico Madrid to qualify for the final, especially if they can score the first goal.

Realistically they need just to avoid defeat to make the final, with any score draw sending them to Lisbon at Chelsea’s expense.

Best bet: Atletico Madrid to make the final – 10/11 with Bet 365

*Other bets: Under 2.5 goals 23/40

*All other bet types with Bet 365

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