An All-English Champions League final?

An All-English Champions League final?

The 2018/19 season saw the Champions League final being contested by two English sides. On that occasion it was Liverpool v Tottenham. Could 2020/21 see a final between Chelsea and Manchester City? Time to have a look at the first legs of this week’s semi-finals and some betting odds too.

Tuesday 27 April – Real Madrid v Chelsea (8pm KO)

Chelsea won the Champions League nine years ago and face a tough task here. They are still battling to get into next season’s competition but did have a good win at West Ham on Saturday. The best news from that game was the fact Timo Werner scored a goal. Could that be the first of a few in the final weeks of the season. He’s 3/1 at Unibet to score in this game.

The Londoners are playing in Spain for the fourth time in this season’s competition. They lost the last one when being beaten by Porto in the quarter final second leg. The win at West Ham was their third game in a row in which they’ve kept a clean sheet.

Since the start of February, only one away game has had more than 2.5 goals scored in it. They have to keep it tight in this match but that’s not going to be the easiest of tasks. Chelsea are 1/1 at 888sport to reach the final.

Real Madid beat Liverpool 3-1 at home in their quarter final first leg. A similar result would make life very difficult for Chelsea. However, Real aren’t in the best of goal scoring form at present. Three of their last four games have ended goalless. They are unbeaten in their last 17 league and cup games and have won seven of their last nine at home.

A semi-final didn’t look too likely when struggling in their group. They somehow won that and have won their last four home games in the Champions League. A win for Real looks likely in this game but probably with under 2.5 goals being scored. Paddy Power will give you 16/5 on that.

Wednesday 28 April – PSG v Manchester City (8pm KO)

A pre-match chat between the owners of this clubs would probably be full of desperation. All that money pumped into their clubs and just one losing Champions League final between them. This two clubs yearn to win this competition, could this be the year one of them finally does.

Manchester City won the Carabao Cup on Sunday and are only a couple of wins from winning the Premier League. They haven’t always been in sparkling form in recent weeks though with losses to Leeds United and Chelsea.

Du Bruyne and Aguero are back just at the right time. How perfect would it be for Aguero’s last game for City to be winning the Champions League? Last minute winner of course. City are yet to reach a Champions League final but are 8/15 at Bet365 to qualify.

Yet To Lose In This Season

They are unbeaten in the Champions League this season. The only loss in their last 20 games in this competition was last season’s quarter final loss to Lyon. Ten games this season has seen them concede only three goals, two by Dortmund and the other by Porto. Now they have to keep PSG out and get a result that sets them up for the home second leg. Manchester United have already won at PSG this season, so why shouldn’t City do the same?

The home side lost to Bayern Munich in last season’s final. They got revenge for that loss by beating the Germans in this season’s quarter finals. That tie was won 3-2 on aggregate but PSG lost the home leg 1-0. They have lost five home league games this season and are second in Ligue 1, no domination this time.

PSG have scored 11 goals in their last three matches. Kylian Mbappe has four goals in his last two league games. Icardo and Neymar are also in good scoring form, so City will have a fight on their hands here, but they should be able to get a result that gives them hope of making that first Champions League final. A bet on both teams scoring looks a winner here and that’s 8/15 at Betfair.