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European football semi-finals betting: Path to finals

Predictions for the second leg of the 2023 European Competitions semi-finals.

Published on 16 May 2023

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Yes, with only two games left till glory, the European Football Competitions is at its peak with everything on the line. The second leg of the semifinals of the 2023 edition of the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference Leg is underway. Only two teams will be left at the end of these games to compete for the ultimate prize. We have teams like Inter Milan, Roma, West Ham, and Basel with the advantages heading into the second leg; meanwhile, the remaining eight teams drew level in the first leg and now have all to play for in what undoubtedly will become the end of the campaign for six of the twelve teams currently left in the European Football Competitions.

Overview of European football semifinals

Here we will recap the first leg of the semi-finals games and the takeaways from the games played.

2023 UEFA Champions League

  • Real Madrid Vs Manchester City (1-1)

Pep Guardiola’s men were at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their matchup against the Los Blancos. With Guardiola set on the ultimate prize again this season, his chances of finally winning a UCL title outside Barcelona almost faded when Real Madrid’s forward Vinicius Jnr delivered a beautiful strike to put Madrid in front in the first half. However, A thunderous second-half strike by Man City midfield maestro Kevin De Bruyne leveled the scoreline as the game ended in a stalemate.

  • Inter Milan Vs AC Milan (2-0)

In the battle for the city of Milan, Internazionale took the early lead in the semi-finals as they banged in two back-to-back first-half goals to plant a solid foot in the 2023 UEFA Champions League finals. Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were the goal scorers for Inter Milan. Without star forward Rafael Leao, AC Milan barely threatened Inter’s defense.

2023 UEFA Europa League

  • Juventus Vs Sevilla (1-1)

The kings of the Europa League, Sevilla, were at the Allianz Stadium for the first leg of their European League tie against Juventus. Sevilla drew the first blood as En-Nesyri scored the opening goal in the 26th minute. Juventus struggled through the first half, but in the second half, they brought in fresh legs, dominated the game, and eventually got rewarded with a Federico Gatti goal at the death of the game. Substitute Paul Pogba impressed and was responsible for Juventus’ equalizer.

  • AS Roma Vs Bayer Leverkusen (1-0)

Jose Mourinho once again showed that he’s the king of European football, and that is what he’s doing with AS Roma is absolute beauty. Roma’s youngster Edoardo Bove scored the lone goal in the second half as Roma rode to a comfortable home win. Leverkusen came close to an equalizer almost at the end of the game, but Mourinho’s trademark defense was up to the task.

2023 UEFA Europa Conference League

  • West Ham Vs AZ Alkmaar (2-1)

Both West Ham and AZ Alkmaar have been extremely impressive in this competition. This was a matchup everyone was looking towards, and the first leg delivered. AZ Alkmaar opened the scoring late in the first half via their midfielder Tijjani Reijndersbut West Ham responded in the second half with Said Benrahma and Michail Antonio scoring to secure West Ham’s home lead.

  • Fiorentina Vs Basel (1-2)

In the 25th minute, Fiorentina’s Arthur Cabral scored to give the Italians the lead. After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, Basel responded admirably in the second half. Andy Diouf scored an equalizer in the 71st minute, and Amdouni scored a game-winning goal with seconds remaining.

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Predictions and odds for UCL Semi-Final matches

AC Milan Vs Inter Milan

Inter Milan has quite a decent defense, and with being tasked to maintain their lead in this game, we are backing them to play defensive and score a goal or two to secure their advantage. However, AC Milan has nothing to lose as well, and they will come all out seeking goals, so this second leg should see more goals than the first.

Manchester City Vs Real Madrid

Man City enjoyed possession for the first leg, but ultimately, Real Madrid showed more intensity. Both teams’ forwards, Erling Haaland and Karim Benzema, barely influenced the game in the first leg, and they will be key to deciding this semi-final tie. However, Madrid has an edge, with Vinicius Jnr and Rodrygo being potent scorers. Real Madrid is the king of UCL, they are used to situations like this, and we firmly believe they will win at the Etihad and progress to the finals.

Predictions and odds for Europa League Semi-Final matches

Sevilla Vs Juventus

The Kings of Europa consistently deliver. Sevilla has been in this situation times without numbers, and they somehow always manage to pull through successfully. Juventus, unfortunately, lost their impactful substitute Paul Pogba to injury in their most recent league game. Juventus will be taking a trip to Spain, and Sevilla, who have been impressive at home in this competition, are backed to win at home and progress to the finals.

Bayer Leverkusen Vs AS Roma

Jose Mourinho’s side has the advantage of heading to Germany, and looking at the history of Jose Mourinho’s tactics when he has to protect a lead; the Portuguese is accustomed to setting up an extremely defensive lineup. Although Leverkusen will come out offensive, Roma is backed to qualify regardless of the outcome.

Predictions and odds for Conference League Semi-Final matches

AZ Alkmaar Vs West Ham

West Ham lost their last league outing 2-0 to Brentford; however, they rested their key players in that game in preparation for their semi-final clash against AZ Alkmaar. On the other hand, AZ Alkmaar recorded a dominant 5-1 win in the Eredivisie in their weekend league game. However, West Ham’s poor league form has not translated into their form in the Conference League, where they have been dominant. West Ham is backed to win away from home here.

Basel Vs Fiorentina 

Basel has the advantage in this matchup. Fiorentina will attempt a comeback, bringing an exciting twist to this Conference League semifinals tie. We predict this game to see quite a number of goals, like the first leg.

Overall, the second leg of the European competition is set to deliver all the excitement, last-minute gasp winners, tension, and nerve-wracking action. The UCL predicted finals matchup is Real Madrid against Inter Milan, Europa League final is backed to see record winners Sevilla play AS Roma. In contrast, the Conference League final is predicted to be between Basel and West Ham. Follow FBR for more Europa football betting tips and predictions.

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