UEFA Competitions Semi Final 1st Leg Ties Previews And Tips

By Ian John
May 8, 2023

After more than ten months of competition, we have now reached the semi-finals of all three UEFA club competitions in Europe.

Just six teams remain in with a chance of landing one of the three trophies on offer; the Champions League, the Europa League and the newest competition of the three, the Europa Conference League.

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All the games this week are the first leg of the semi-finals with a final to be played between the victors at a neutral venue.

We will bring you details of all six semi-finals, as well as information about where and when the final for each competition will be played.

So let’s begin with a look at the two biggest games taking place this week in the biggest club competition of all – the Champions League.

Champions League Semi Finals 1st Leg

The Champions League Final will be held on Saturday 10th June at 8pm UK Time at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul Turkey.

Tuesday 9th May

Real Madrid v Manchester City (8pm)

  • Venue – Bernebeu
  • Referee – Artur Dias (Portugal)
  • Head To Head – Played 8, Madrid Wins – 3, Man City Wins – 3, Draws – 2
  • Form – Real Madrid – WWWLW; Manchester City – WWWWW
  • Champions League Wins – Real Madrid – 14, Manchester City – 0
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Real Madrid – 21/10, Man City – 6/5, Draw – 13/5

Two of the favourites to win this trophy meet at the Bernebeu with holders Real Madrid seeking to knock out another English opponent in this competition, the sixth in succession they have met over the last two years. City though are in superb form at the moment and I think if one team can go to Madrid and pick up a win, then City are the team that can do that.

Probable Teams

Real Madrid – (4-3-3) – GK – Courtois, DR – Carvajal, DL – Camavinga, DC, Alaba, Militao, MC – Modric, Valverde, Kroos, AMR – Rodrygo, AML – Vinicius Jr., AC – Benzema

Manchester City – (3-2-4-1) – GK – Ederson, DC, Ake, Dias, Akanji, DMC, Rodri, Stones, AMR – Silva.B, AML – Grealish, AMC – Gundogan, de Bruyne, AC – Haaland

Our Tip – Manchester City to win – 11/9

Wednesday 10th May

AC Milan v Inter Milan (8pm)

  • Venue – San Siro
  • Referee – Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain)
  • Head To Head – Played – 201, Milan Wins – 63, Inter Wins – 77, Draws – 61
  • Form – Milan – WDDWD, Inter – WWWWL
  • Champions League Wins – AC Milan – 7, Inter Milan – 3
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Milan – 21/10, Inter 29/20, Draw – 21/10

A very rare Milan derby in the Champions League could not be more delicately poised. Both teams have beaten each other this season in Serie A, Inter knocked Milan out of the Coppa Italia too but it is this set of two games that will be most keenly anticipated.  I can’t split them at the moment and I think it may need the second leg next week to decide the winner.

Probable Teams

AC Milan – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Maignan, DR – Calabria, DL – Hernandez, DC – Kjaer, Tomori, DMC – Tonali, Krunic, AMR – Messias, AML – Leao, AMC – Bennacer, AC – Giroud

Inter Milan – (3-5-2) – GK – Onana, DC – D’Ambrosio, Acerbi, Bastoni, DMR – Darmian, DML – Dimarco, MC – Barella, Brozovic, Mkhitaryan, AC – Lukaku, Correa

Our Tip – Draw – 11/5

Europa League Semi Finals 1st Leg

This year’s Europa League Final takes place on Wednesday 31st May at the Puskas Arena Park, in Budapest, Hungary.

Thursday 11th May

AS Roma v Bayer Leverkusen (8pm)

  • Venue – Stadio Olimpico
  • Referee –  Not Appointed Yet
  • Head To Head – Played – 3, AS Roma Wins – 1, Leverkusen Wins – 1, Draws – 2
  • Form – AS Roma – LDDLW; Bayer Leverkusen – DWWDL
  • Europa League Wins – AS Roma – 1, Bayer Leverkusen – 1
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Roma 11/10, Leverkusen 11/4, Draw – 23/10

Jose Mourinho has a fine record in this competition and would love to follow up last season’s Europa Conference League win with a second European competition win here. Bayer Leverkusen are a side in form though and Xabi Alonso’s team have picked up some good results on the road and I expect them to do that here by earning a draw.

Probable Teams

AS Roma – (3-4-2-1) – GK – Patricio, DC – Mancini, Ibanez, LLorente, DMR – Zalewski, DML – Spinazzola, MC – Cristante, Matic, AMC – Wijnaldum, Pellegrini, AC – Belotti

Bayer Leverkusen – (3-4-2-1) – GK – Hradecky, DC – Kossounou, Tah, Hincapie, DMR – Frimpong, DML – Bakker, MC – Andrich, Demirbay, AMC – Diaby, Adli, AC – Hlozek

Our Tip – Draw – 12/5

Juventus v Sevilla (8pm)

  • Venue – Allianz Stadium
  • Referee – Not Appointed Yet
  • Head To Head – Played – 4, Juventus Wins – 2, Sevilla Wins – 1, Draws – 1
  • Form – Juventus – WWDLL; Sevilla – WLWWW
  • Europa League Wins – Juventus – 3, Sevilla – 6
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Juventus – 3/4, Sevilla – 4/1, Draw – 13/5

This should be a cracking game between two teams that have won this tropjhy nine times in total. Sevilla are special in this competition, winning it every time they reach the semi-finals. Juventus though are a formidable opponent and I can see this game heading into the second leg with all things level.

Probable Teams

Juventus – (3-5-1-1) – GK – Perin, DC – Sandro, Bonucci, Bremer, DMR – De Sciglio, DML – Kostic, MC – Rabiot, Locatelli, Miretti, AMC – Di Maria, AC – Chiesa

Sevilla – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Dmitrovic, DR – Montiel, DL – Telles, DC, Nianzou, Bade, DMC, Rakitic, Gueye, AMR – Suso, AMC – Ocampos, AML – Lamela, AC – En-Neysiri

Our Tip – Draw – 27/10

Europa Conference League Semi Finals 1st Leg

This year the Europa Conference League Final will take place on Wednesday 7th Jujne at the Eden Arena in Prague in the Czech Republic.

Thursday 11th May

Fiorentina v FC Basel (8pm)

  • Venue – Artemio Franchi
  • Referee – Not Appointed Yet
  • Head To Head – Played – 2, Fiorentina Wins – 0, FC Basel Wins – 1, Draws – 1
  • Form – Fiorentina – LDWDL, FC Basel – WLWWL
  • Conference League Wins – Fiorentina – 0, FC Basel – 0
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – Fiorentina – 2/5, FC Basel 7/1, Draw – 15/4

Fiorentina’s form has been very odd in this competition, playing poorly at home, but then losing away and then playing well at home and poorly away. However, at the business end of the tournament, I’d expect the greater experience of the Italian side to prove the decisive factor in this first leg tie.

Probable Teams

Fiorentina – (4-3-3) – GK – Terracciano, DR – Venuti, DL – Biraghi, DC – Milenkovic, Igor, MC – Bonaventura, Mandragora, Barak, AMR – Gonzalez, AML – Sottil, AC – Jovic

FC Basel – (3-1-4-2) – GK – Hitz, DC – Lang, Kasim, Pelmard, DMC – Xhaka, AMR – Ndoye, AML – Burger, AMC – Diouf, Millar, AC – Zeqiri, Amdouni

Our Tip – Fiorentina to win – 2/5

West Ham United v AZ Alkmaar (8pm)

  • Venue – London Stadium
  • Referee – Not Appointed Yet
  • Head To Head – The two teams have not met in a game as yet.
  • Form – West Ham – WLLLW, AZ Alkmaar – DWWWL
  • Conference League Wins – West Ham – 0, AZ Alkmaar – 0
  • Current bet365 FT Result Odds – West Ham 3/5, AZ – 19/4, Draw – 3/1

West Ham’s win over Man Utd at the weekend sets them up nicely for this first leg tie at home to AZ Alkmaar who held Ajax to a 0-0 draw at the weekend. The Dutch team clearly have plenty of talent, but you’d expect the Premier League side to come through in the first leg.

Probable Teams

West Ham – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Fabianski, DR – Kehrer, DL – Cresswell, DC – Aguerd, Ogbonna, DMC – Rice, Soucek, AMR – Bowen, AML – Benrahma, AMC – Paqueta, AC – Antonio

AZ Alkmaar – (4-2-3-1) – GK – Ryan, DR – Sugawara, DL – Kerkez, DC – Hatzidiakos, Beukama, DMC – Reijnders, Clasie, AMR – Odgaard, AML – van Brederode, AMC – Mijnans, AC – Pavlidis

Our Tip – West Ham to win – 3/5

*All odds displayed in this article were from bet365 Sport and were correct at the time of posting, but they may have changed in the meantime.

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