Champions League semifinal Picks: Manchester City favorites to win first UCL trophy

The UEFA Champions League semifinals are set. Four teams remain after 32 started the competition proper. 

Manchester City enters the semifinals as the favorites to lift the Champions League trophy. The English club could win three pieces of silverware this season, as the Premier League and FA Cup trophies are also up for grabs.

Standing in Man City’s way is reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid. The two European giants will play in one semifinal while Italian rivals AC Milan and Internazionale Milan will play in the other semifinal.

When are the UEFA Champions League semifinals?

The semifinals are two-legged series with the team scoring the most goals moving on to the final. The first leg of the semifinals will take place on Tuesday, May 9, and Wednesday, May 10. The following week will see the second legs played on Tuesday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 17.

First Leg

  • Real Madrid vs Man City – Tuesday, May 9
  • AC Milan vs Inter Milan – Wednesday, May 10

Second Leg

  • Inter Milan vs AC Milan – Tuesday, May 16
  • Man City vs Real Madrid – Wednesday, May 17

When is the UEFA Champions League final?

The tournament final will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Istanbul’s Ataturk Stadium.

What are the outright betting odds to win the UEFA Champions League?

The outright betting odds to win the UEFA Champions League favor Manchester City. The Cityzens are a high-powered team led by 50-plus goalscorer Erling Haaland.

Here are the latest outright winner odds as of Monday, May 8 courtesy of William Hill:

  • Man City -150
  • Real Madrid +350
  • Inter Milan +600
  • AC Milan +800

Which teams will reach the final?

Bookmakers are offering multiple markets for the Champions League. One market that may be of interest to soccer fans is the ‘to reach the final’ market. The odds are heavily in favor of Man City and Inter Milan, meaning you may make a good payout betting on either Real Madrid or AC Milan to reach the Champions League final.

Here are the latest ‘to reach the final’ odds as of Monday, May 8 courtesy of William Hill:

  • Man City -300
  • Inter Milan -138
  • AC Milan +110
  • Real Madrid +225

Past UEFA Champions League Winners

Real Madrid is the all-time winningest team in Champions League history. Los Blancos are 14-time winners. AC Milan is second in most all-time Champions League wins with seven. Inter has three Champions League trophies to the club’s name, while Man City has never won the title.

Real Madrid won the trophy last season, defeating Liverpool 1-0 in the final. In 2021, Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0. Here is a look at the last 10 Champions League winners:

  • Real Madrid – 2022
  • Chelsea – 2021
  • Bayern Munich – 2020
  • Liverpool – 2019
  • Real Madrid – 2018
  • Real Madrid – 2017
  • Real Madrid – 2016
  • Barcelona – 2015
  • Real Madrid – 2014
  • Bayern Munich – 2013

UEFA Champions League leading scorer

Bookmakers are also offering a market for the player to score the most goals in the Champions League tournament. As it stands, Man City’s Erling Haaland is running away with the title thanks to 12 Champions League goals. However, with three matches to go, another player could suddenly catch fire and score goals.

Here are the UEFA Champions League leading scorer odds, as of Monday, May 8 courtesy of William Hill:

  • Erling Haaland -50000
  • Vinicius Jr +4000
  • Olivier Giroud +15000
  • Kevin De Bruyne +50000
  • Karim Benzema +50000

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