What a week of Champions League action we’ve had – and now it’s showdown time!
After starting off with 79 teams back in June 2019, we’re down to just four as Bayern Munich, Lyon, PSG and RB Leipzig do battle for a place in Sunday’s Champions League final.
It’s Germany v France in each of the semi-finals in Lisbon on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Here’s our lowdown on the sides fighting for a place in Sunday’s showpiece. And check out our picks for the two massive games on Tuesday and Wednesday:
The Semi-Finals Are:
Tuesday: RB Leipzig vs PSG (8pm BST, Stadium of Light, Lisbon)
Wednesday: Lyon vs Bayern Munich (8pm BST, Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon)
BAYERN MUNICH (face Lyon in the semis on Wednesday)
Bayern Munich look unstoppable.
A 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea in the Round of 16 was trumped by an 8-2 win over Barcelona in 90 embarrassing minutes for the Catalan giants.
With flying wing-backs, experience in the midfield, flashy wingers and Robert Lewandowski leading the line, it’s hard to pick holes in the German champions.
Bayern have scored 39 goals in nine Champions League fixtures this campaign, winning all nine with relative ease.
The Bavarians are rightly the 8/15 favourites for the crown this season, as they search for their sixth Champions League star.
But first they’ll have to get past a resilient Lyon side, who ousted Man City in spectacular fashion on Saturday evening.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (face Leipzig in the semis on Tuesday)
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PSG couldn’t have left it much later to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
The French champions scored twice in injury time against a crestfallen Atalanta to ensure they reached their first Champions League semi-final since 1995.
A previous narrow win over Dortmund in the Round of 16 saw them progress to the Lisbon “Finals” after topping a group that featured Real Madrid, Club Brugge and Galatasaray
PSG’s star-power comes in attack. They have an embarrassment of riches upfront, with Neymar, Icardi, Di Maria and Mbappe creating most of the headlines this year throughout the season.
PSG have dreamt of winning this trophy for years, with disappointment following disappointment most seasons.
Will this finally be their year?
The team from the City of Lights are second-favourites to take the title at 11/2 – but will they beat Leipzig in the semis on Tuesday?
RB LEIPZIG (face PSG in the semis on Tuesday)
If you were to go back eleven years and a couple of months, RB Leipzig didn’t exist.
The fact that the German side have reached their first Champions League semi-final after a historic rise over the past decade is remarkable, yet perhaps unsurprising considering the financial backing they’ve received.
A 2-1 victory over Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on Thursday night underlined their threat on the European stage.
Goals from Olmo and Adams countered Joao Felix’s penalty for the Spaniards, as they edged through to face PSG on Tuesday.
Timo Werner was RB’s standout player this season netting 28 goals but following his move to Chelsea they’ll have to deal without the German forward in the latter stages.
Yussef Poulsen is back from injury and is being trusted to lead the line for the outsiders in the semi-finals, where they’ll face the might of Neymar’s Paris Saint Germain.
LYON (face Bayern in the semis on Wednesday)
Lyon have won just four of their nine Champions League matches this season but have still managed to bulldoze their way into the semi-finals.
The French side stumbled out of their group, beat Juventus on away goals and sucker-punched Man City after Raheem Sterling missed a sitter for City to go 2-1 up.
This isn’t to detract from their obvious strengths.
Houssem Aouar is a fantastic talent and manufactures a majority of Lyon’s best work.
Memphis Depay has netted six in this season’s tournament and will be left to lead the line with Ekambi in the semi-final.
Lyon’s qualification for the semi-final meant it’s the first time two French sides have reached this stage together.
They are the obvious underdogs at this stage, but have proved their determination and doggedness in knockout football.
They’ve toppled Juventus and Man City – whose to say Bayern won’t be added to that list?
Right now Lyon are 18/1 outsiders to win the Champions League – beat Bayern and those odds will be cut considerably!
Our Semi-final Picks:
RB LEIPZIG vs PSG (Tuesday, 8pm BST)
Our Pick: PSG to Win and Both Teams to Score – 21/10 @ Paddy Power
Including extra-time and penalties, PSG are on a seven-match winning streak enjoying some impressive form.
RB Leipzig fell away in the race for the Bundesliga and have won just three of their last seven in all comps.
Thomas Tuchel’s relief was evident as his Parisian’s stung Atalanta late on, and with this feel-good feeling around the camp we are expecting PSG to perform again on Tuesday.
Neymar and Mbappe have had their critics over the season, but the two superstars are likely to drag this side kicking and screaming over the line to reach their first final.
RB Leipzig have probably reached their ceiling in this competition this season, with a Werner-less attack clipping their wings.
There may be a few twists along the way, but PSG should squeak through with the goals and chances flowing in Lisbon.
Our pick: PSG to Win and Both Teams to Score – 21/10 @ Paddy Power
BAYERN MUNICH vs LYON (Wednesday, 8pm BST)
Our Pick: Bayern to Score Over 2.5 Goals – 4/5 @ Virgin Bet
Bayern will be licking their lips.
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The Germans were expecting an episode of ‘Friends Reunited’ with Pep Guardiola’s Man City, but after Dembele struck twice on Saturday night it’s the French side who finished seventh in Ligue 1 who will challenge the Bavarians.
Bayern are electric going forward – Lyon haven’t shown enough stubbornness in defence this season to suggest they’ll be able to keep the Germans out.
Lewandowski has scored 54 goals across all competitions this season, more than Lyon’s top four goalscorers combined.
Along with Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho, the Bavarians have turned into a goalscoring machine this season, unrelenting in their pursuit of more silverware.
Lyon will sit with a deep defensive block on Wednesday, but with Bayern’s flying wing-backs capable of getting round the back with ease, it won’t be long before Lyon are forced to attack after conceding.
An early Bayern goal could spell trouble for Lyon and we expect Niko Kovac’s side to canter into the final.
Our pick: Bayern Munich to score over 2.5 goals – 4/5 @ Virgin Bet
Please note that all odds are correct at time of article publication.