Bayern Munich Can Win Huge Champions League Match
The richest clubs in Europe generally win the Champions League. The strongest and wealthiest domestic leagues are usually represented in the latter stages of the competition. The four semi-finalists come from the four richest leagues in Europe. Global brands from England, Italy, Spain and Germany are in the last four. Liverpool beat Roma 5-2 last night but the score could have been anything. In the last round Roma knocked out Barcelona after overturning a three goal deficit after the first leg but Liverpool are a different kettle of fish and can score at least once in the second match. LIVERPOOL are 6/4 with William Hill to win the Champions League.
Tonight’s first leg in the second semi-final brings together two of the Hollywood clubs of European football. Bayern Munich have been the champions of Europe five times and Real Madrid have won the European Cup or Champions League on 12 occasions. The clubs are ranked third and first in the list of winners of the European Cup or Champions League and they are two of the superpowers of the world game.
Real Madrid have prevented the opposition scoring in just four of their last 24 matches in all competitions. This meeting is the most common fixture in the history of European competition and out of 25 matches both clubs have won 11 times. Real Madrid won the last tie at the Champions League quarter-final stage last season. BAYERN MUNICH can edge ahead and are the bet to win tonight’s match at 19/20 with Ladbrokes.
In racing it’s the second day of the Punchestown Festival and the subplot of the Irish trainer’s championship. Willie Mullins edged closer to Gordon Elliott yesterday but still faces a deficit of over €400,000 and there is plenty of prize money on offer today. The richest race on the card is the Punchestown Gold Cup (5.30) in which Mullins has four runners. DJAKADAM has never quite got the job done in the Cheltenham version but the horse has the ranking and form to prevail today and that outcome is 7/1 with Coral. If he does win the race for Mullins its game on for the trainer’s title.