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Champions League Semifinal Second Leg Preview And PredictionPublished May 7, 2019 by Sol FH
Tonight Liverpool vs. Barcelona at 20:00 GMT followed by Ajax vs. Tottenham tomorrow at 20:00 GMT.
That is it, folks. After tomorrow night's match between Ajax and the Spurs, we will know which two teams will be in this year's UEFA Champions League Semifinals. It has been an incredible ride to get here, and with so much on the line, the action can only get better. Liverpool and Barcelona will be the first semifinal match, and the Reds are down deep after a 3-0 loss at Camp Nou last week. There are a ton of questions that need to be answered, but, we will know definitively after 90-minutes of action.
Liverpool vs. Barcelona
The Reds need a 4-0 to beat Barcelona. Is it possible? Well, it has happened in the past, but, in recent history, the club that has pulled it off is, you've guessed it - Barcelona. Last week, Messi put on a clinic, scoring two of the three goals and controlling the speed of the match, limiting Liverpool's options. Messi's goal off a free kick in the 82nd minute will be on highlight reels for many years to come, and it capped off a terrific night for the Blaugrana.
Liverpool has a mountain that they need to scale. The problem is, they need to do it without any climbing gear, as both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are out due to injury. To think that the Reds can pull off a 4-0 against the favorites is a long shot. It may be a bettor's dream, but, in reality, it will not happen! In fact, Barcelona winning this match is a more feasible prediction. Barcelona 2-3 when all is said and done.
bet365 Sports has big odds for a Liverpool Final's qualification at 19.00, but, for the outright win, they are at 2.50. Barcelona is at 2.70 for the outright and 1.020 to qualify.
Ajax vs. Tottenham
The shocker of last week turned the Champions League on its head, as a very young, very innovative Ajax team put the beat on the Spurs, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Donny van de Beek scored in the 15th minute of the match, and that was the only goal of the night. Tottenham ended the night with one shot on target and only 52% possession time.
Ajax is a very different team, and if they were to make the Finals, it would prove once and for all that a big budget is not necessary. In reality, they have already established it, but, making the Champions League Final would be the icing on the cake.
With Ajax at home tomorrow night, things will be even more difficult for the Spurs. bet365 Sports likes Ajax for the outright win at 2.15, and, to qualify, 1.28. Tottenham is back at 3.40 for a win, and, 3.50 to qualify.