UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Free Picks

UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Free Picks

UEFA Champions League Semi-finals Free Picks

The semi-final draws have created some drama for UEFA Champions League free picks. Atletico Madrid will take on its parent club, Chelsea, as the pair bicker over the availability of netminder Courtois. In the Wednesday match, Real Madrid will take on defending champion Bayern Munich is a clash of the titans. Keep reading for my UEFA Champions League Semi-finals free picks.

UEFA Champions League Semifinals Free Picks

Atletico Madrid +100 vs. Chelsea +265
Atletico Madrid and Chelsea hit the pitch in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Starts: 04/22/2014 2:40PM
Vicente Calderón, Paseo Virgen del Puerto, 67, 28005
Madrid
Spain

 

The weirdest element of this game is the status of Atletico Madrid goal keeper who might cost his club an additional  £4 million per game that he plays against Chelsea as per a loan agreement between the two clubs. That’s because Thibaut Courtois has the odd distinction of being a Chelsea property that will have to play against his own club next week. That’s a steep price for Madrid to shell out, and if the Blues take a firm stance on the issue they’ll either reap the benefit of a previous deal and gain £8 million or force Atletico Madrid to sit their star keeper.

What a mess. UEFA is trying to step in and clear things up to protect the integrity of competition, but it’s a blithering mess. Apparently the rule is unenforceable but Chelsea is going to be a thorn in the side because look at the odds of this game. Madrid is a much stronger take in Champions League free picks according to the oddsmakers.

Chelsea is obviously a strong side, with Eden Hazzard capable of overwhelming a matchup at any given moment. But his calf injury is generating a strong amount of concern. The Blues will have trouble slowing down Koke and Costa as well, and their combined creativity is going to be hell for the parent club in this situation.

This is an odd context for what promises to be a great match, but right now the early lean goes to Atletico Madrid in Champions League free picks.

Real Madrid +140 vs. Bayern Munich +180
Real Madrid and Bayern Munich hit the pitch this Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals.
Starts: 04/23/2014 2:40PM
Santiago Bernabeu, Av de Concha Espina, 1, 28036
Madrid
Spain

 

Real Madrid is coming off a pretty awful quarter-final performance where they lost 0-2 against Dortmund even though Ancelloti doesn’t seem to care since it advanced his team in the Champions League tournament. He should be a lot more concerned with Bayern Munich who have struggled away from the UEFA tournament, but continue to be dominant within its confines.

After tying Manchester United in their opening match up, Bayern Munich went on to pound them 3-1 in the second leg finishing with a 4-2 aggregate. The German powerhouse has also thoroughly dominated Real Madrid in their last five meetings in European Cup semi-finals matchups, winning four of them outright.

Real Madrid is to be rightly feared, but nobody can beat Bayern Munich at their apex and I expect this draw to bring out the very best from the defending champions. So it’s only logical that I back Bayern with my Champions League free picks.