Three clubs are vying for favouritism in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League betting after holders Real Madrid were paired with outsiders Juventus in the semi-final draw.
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Real had been the clear third best in the market before the draw was made, but their odds were cut to a best price of 5/2 with bookmaker bet365
due to their last-four opponents being Italian champions Juventus who are available at 9/1 with BetVictor
That means the other semi-final will be between Barcelona and their former coach Pep Guardiola’s current team Bayern Munich, with the Spanish club at home in the first leg whereas it is the other way around for Real Madrid.
Barcelona are the slight favourites to lift the trophy at 2/1 with bet365
, who also quote Bayern Munich at 5/2, while all three teams are separated by just a quarter of a point at BetVictor
For Juventus, this is the first time they have reached the last four of Europe’s elite club competition since they contested the final in 2003 at Old Trafford and lost on penalties to Serie A rivals AC Milan.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (second left) vies with Carlos Tevez of Juventus (second right) during the clubs' most recent Champions League meeting (Getty Images)
And there is a promising omen for Massimiliano Allegri’s side because that year they beat Real in the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate, although on that occasion the second leg was at home.
But Juve also have plenty of more recent history against Real, having met the 10-time European champions in three double-headers since then – with the Italians losing only two of those six games, 2-1 and 1-0 at the Bernabeu Stadium.
On the latter occasion, in the 2005 round-of-16, Juventus turned the tie around by winning 2-0 on their own pitch.
As for 2013 champions Bayern Munich, they will be hoping for a much better outcome to their semi-final than when their reign was ended last season by a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid, including a 4-0 drubbing on their own pitch.
This time they take on the other Spanish giant, Barcelona, against whom they enjoyed a much happier semi-final experience two years ago when triumphing 7-0 on aggregate before lifting the trophy at Wembley against Borussia Dortmund.
2014-15 UEFA Champions League fixture schedule (all kick-off times 19:45 GMT)
Semi-final first leg
Tuesday May 5
Barcelona v Bayern Munich
Wednesday May 6
Juventus v Real Madrid
Semi-final second leg
Tuesday May 12
Real Madrid v Juventus
Wednesday May 13
Bayern Munich v Barcelona
June 6 – Champions League Final in Berlin