One of the most interesting Champions League semifinals pits Barcelona against Atletico Madrid, two teams competing for the title in the Spanish championship. Barcelona is credited with the first chance by bookmakers, but they are trailing Atletico Madrid in Primera Division and could defeat them in the last three games.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Skybet 1.81
Atletico Madrid had a difficult match over the weekend, playing away from home at Athletic Bilbao and they chose not to rest any key player. Both Barcelona and Real Madrid are within striking distance so Atletico needs to keep up the tempo to win a war on two fronts. There are no injury concerns ahead of this Champions League semifinal and Diego Costa is not only back to fitness but also back in form.
After scoring just four goals in January and March, Costa scored in each of the last five games and can brag about defeating top goaltenders six times in two weeks. Simeone will use the same starting formation that defeated Bilbao over the weekend and Diego is the one to spearhead the offensive. Barcelona has the weapons to annihilate this gifted striker, but assigning 2 players to neutralize him can leave Koke, Sosa and Raul Garcia unguarded. The Catalans are also undefeated in the last three weeks and scored a total of 17 goals over that span, including four in the El Clasico.
Bookmakers overwhelmingly favor Barcelona to advance to the next stage, but there is no value in backing the reigning champions. The last three direct games ended undecided and were all low-scoring draws, but this time we can expect at least three goals to be scored. Punters can bet on this outcome at odds of 1.81 with Skybet.