UCL Semi-Finals Predictions and Betting Tips
By Carl Lewis
Tuesday 18 August
21:00 – RB Leipzig v PSG
A late Tyler Adams winner launched RB Leipzig into their first-ever UEFA Champions League semi-final and continued a trend that has seen at least one match goal after the 75th minute in their previous four matches as well as four of their last five UCL fixtures.
Leipzig’s win over Atletico meant it was the fifth time they opened the scoring in their last six matches and means they are unbeaten in their previous seven UCL matches.
PSG’s also produced a late winner over Atalanta which meant they qualified for their semi-final appearance since 1995. Including extra-time and penalties, PSG are on a seven-match winning run but only three times during that streak did they score a first-half opener. The French side are boosted by Angel Di Maria’s availability following a ban and Kylian Mbappe’s return to fitness, which swells Thomas Tuchel’s attacking ranks considerably.
Suggested Bet: BTTS and over 2.5 goals at 1.90
Wednesday 19 August
21:00 – Bayern Munich v Lyon
Champions League Bayern Munich are into their 12th UEFA semi-final after pummeling and embarrassing Barcelona 8-2, also becoming the first side ever to score eight in a UCL knockout match. Bayern’s impressive winning streak have seen them score inside the first 15 minutes in four of their last five UCL victories. Bayern have scored at least three goals in eight of their last nine UCL matches.
Lyon’s only UCL semi-final match was in 2010 – also the last occasion on which a French manager had taken a French club to the UCL semis. The opponents were…Bayern Munich but Lyon did lose that one and have lost their last three against the Bavarians.
They may not have the quality of Bayern but Lyon have overcome their status as the bookies outsiders in four of their last five UCL wins. All of those five victories saw them win the first half with a clean sheet, specifically leading 1-0 at HT in three of their last four UCL wins.
Suggested Bet: Over 3.5 goals at 1.86