Bayern Munich v Barcelona (Tuesday, 19:45, ITV)
Barcelona have won their last four away Champions League games, their best run since they set a record of six in February 2012
Bayern Munich ripped through Porto in the quarter-finals to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit, but the Portuguese outfit are nowhere near as proficient on their travels as Luis Enrique’s Blaugrana. Victories at Paris St-Germain in the last eight and at Man City before that are testament to how fearsome a force the Catalan club have developed into this season and Bayern’s record in recent semis adds further cause to back the visitors.
Pep Guardiola’s men have leaked eight goals without reply in their last three Champions League final-four face offs, losing 3-0 in the Camp Nou last week and 5-0 on aggregate against Real Madrid at this stage 12 months back.
Recommended Bet: Back Barcelona to win @ [2.72]
Neymar has scored in three consecutive Champions League appearances for the first time
After a slow start to proceedings in Catalonia, the poster boy of joga bonito is revelling in his role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in Barcelona’s glorious frontline. Couple the Brazilian’s Champions League exploits with his recent domestic outings and his haul reads seven goals in six games. He opened the scoring in half of those.
Recommended Bet: Back Neymar to score first @ [7.8]
Real Madrid v Juventus (Wednesday, 19:45, Sky Sports 1 and 5)
Juventus have only won two of their last 20 trips to Spanish sides in European competition (D4, L14)
This, twinned with the fact that a mere 47% of teams to have won the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie 2-1 advanced, suggests trouble is afoot for Max Allegri’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu. Prior to Saturday’s 2-2 with Valencia, Real Madrid had won six home games in succession by scorelines that, if replicated, would have ensured progress. Recent road defeats to Parma and Torino won’t do the Old Lady’s confidence any good ahead of this difficult sojourn either.
Recommended Bet: Back Real Madrid to qualify @ [1.84]
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored nine goals in the Champions League this season – the best tally after Lionel Messi’s ten
Ronaldo’s strike at the Juventus Stadium saw him draw level with Luiz Adriano at the top of this season’s scoring charts, only for the Sonic to his Doctor Robotnik, Lionel Messi, to surpass both with a brace against Bayern.
Nevertheless, the goal means that he has fired four in three appearances past Serie A’s overlords, which Opta note makes him the most prolific Champions League scorer against them alongside Hakan Sukur and Ryan Giggs. Just one of his four strikes broke the deadlock, so stick to his anytime scorer price.
Recommended Bet: Back Ronaldo to score @ [1.92]