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Betting: Juventus & Real Madrid boosted to 3/1 to reach Champions League final

11:25 BST 09/05/2017
Juventus celebrating vs Monaco
The two European giants are rightfully favourites to progress past their rivals and Paddy Power makes backing both even more appealing for new players

Juventus and Real Madrid have nicely put themselves in pole position to reach the Champions League final ahead of their respective semi-final second-leg ties.

The two juggernauts in European football issued a statement that they are serious for the prize with assured showings each last week, with Juventus winning 2-0 at Monaco and Real Madrid almost certainly knocking Atletico Madrid out of the competition with a game to spare following the 3-0 scoreline.

Both sides are aiming to re-enact the final fixtures of the 1997-98 season, a clash which saw Madrid claim their seventh European Cup title with a 1-0 win. However, before both sides begin dreaming, they must focus on the present and finish what are admittedly straightforward jobs against their semi-final opponents.

With this in mind, Paddy Power have set out to make backing either Juventus and Madrid particularly appealing given their circumstances and are both available at 3/1 (4.0) to reach the final hurdle against Monaco and Atletico Madrid respectively. 

To take advantage of these prices, simply register using the links provided, back your pick to win at the usual odds shown on site and if they do so, then your returns will be topped up at the final whistle. Winnings paid in free bets. T&C's apply.

Juventus 3/1 (4.0) to reach Champions League final

The favourites at 1/50 (1.02), Juventus have been upped to 3/1 (4.0) to reach the final of the Champions League for new Paddy Power customers. The Bianconeri just need to avoid defeat against Monaco to be assured of progress to the final hurdle, where motivation will be high to end their title drought in the competition that has stretched back to 1996.

To reach a likely final against Real Madrid, Juventus will once again count on a defence that has served them so well. They have not conceded a goal in Europe’s elite club competition for 621 minutes, the current record in the tournament, their six consecutive clean sheets constituting their longest stretch there.

Monaco stars Kylian Mbappe and Radamel Falcao did test the Bianconeri rearguard as expected in their 2-0 first-leg victory at Stade Louis II but Gianluigi Buffon was not untowardly tested ensuring Juventus have yet to concede from open play this term. It is this solidity at the back that has allowed Juventus’ forwards the freedom to function in the business third too.

Higuain’s heroic brace in the first-leg was as many goals as in his 24 previous Champions League knockout games and the Argentine star will fancy adding to that tally against a Monaco defence that has conceded 18 goals in the Champions League this season, including 10 in their last three away games.

The Ligue 1 leaders’ travels have indeed been miserable, a run that has seen them only win two of their 11 away games - in which they have not kept a single clean sheet - in the Champions League knockout stages. At this rate, Juventus will certainly fancy reaching their sixth final out of seven semi-final clashes - an outcome that new Paddy Power customers can back at the boosted price of 3/1 (4.0).

Real Madrid 3/1 (4.0) to reach Champions League final

Last 1/80 (1.01), Real Madrid have been significantly upped to 3/1 (4.0) to reach their third Champions League final in only four seasons - a run made sweeter by the fact they’ll be eliminating Atletico Madrid in the process yet again.

In a record seventh-straight Champions League semi-final appearance, Madrid opened the tie with a humbling 3-0 victory over their local rivals to all but kill off any hope for a Los Rojiblancos comeback. Indeed, the Vicente Calderon outfit - the lowest scorers amongst this term’s remaining four - have only netted more than two goals on only one occasion in 10 knockout games on home soil under Diego Simeone, and any Madrid goal on Wednesday will surely put the tie beyond their reach.

Chances of that certainly seem plausible given the impunity with which they had their way against their neighbours last week, keeping up their run of having scored at least two goals in each of their 11 Champions League games this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has looked his rampaging best for the first time in recent memory over the crucial months of April and May, scoring eight of Madrid’s last nine goals in the tournament.

The Portuguese has also reached the 10-goal mark for the sixth consecutive Champions League campaign, a feat no one else has managed. With their firepower up front, and the likelihood of Atletico leaving spaces behind as they desperately push forward to grab a goal, Madrid’s star power is likely to see them prevail and reach the final - an outcome that new Paddy Power customers cannot afford to miss at the enhanced price of 3/1 (4.0).

Juventus and Real Madrid 3/1 (4.0) to qualify for new Paddy Power customers