This week we have the second leg ties of the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals taking place. From Tuesday to Thursday night, we will discover the two teams that will make it through into each of the two finals which will be played in late May.

The Europa League Final will be played in the Polish city of Gdansk on the 26th May and three days later on the 29th May, the Champions League final, the culmination of the season across Europe, will take place in Istanbul, Turkey.

In this article, we are going to take a look at the state of the tie in all four games, which teams are looking good for a spot in the final, which have plenty to do if they are going to go through and which ties are hanging very nicely on a knife edge.

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Let’s now take a look at the state of play in all four games after last week’s first leg ties.

Champions League Semifinals 1st Leg Results

  • Real Madrid 1-1 Chelsea

The English side earned a solid draw in Madrid thanks to a strike from Christian Pulisic, that was cancelled out in the first half by Karim Benzema’s clinical strike. Chelsea had the better of chances in this opening encounter between the two teams but failed to be clinical in front of goal.

  • Paris St Germain 1-2 Manchester City

A stunning second half performance by Manchester City saw them come back from a 1-0 half time deficit due to Marquinhos goal from a corner. A Kevin de Bruyne strike, that deceived keeper Keylor Navas and a free kick from Riyad Mahrez enough to give City a narrow advantage.

Europa League Semifinals 1st Leg Results

  • Manchester United 6-2 AS Roma

An early Bruno Fernandes strike put United in control against Roma, but a penalty from Pellegrini and an Edin Dzeko finish handed the Italian side a 2-1 lead at half time. However, United ran riot in the second half, Cavani scoring twice, Fernandes adding his second from the penalty spot and Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood adding a goal each to record a huge 6-2 win.

  • Villarreal 2-1 Arsenal

The Spanish side go into the second leg on the back of a solid win at home over Arsenal. First half goals from Trigueros and Raul Albiol handed Villarreal the lead before Arsenal had Dani Ceballos sent off in the 57th minute. Despite having 10 men, Nicolas Pepe pulled one back from Arsenal from the penalty spot before Etienne Capoue also saw red for the home side.

Champions League Semi-Finals 2nd Leg

Tuesday 4th May

Manchester City (2) v (1) Paris St Germain

I was hugely impressed with how Manchester City came back in the first leg of this tie in Paris and they fully deserved that 2-1 victory and in truth, could perhaps have won by another goal on the night. Add to that PSG possibly being without Kylian Mbappe for this game and that gives City fans another boost here.

City have a great record at home in European football but PSG have won on their last two trips to Manchester, albeit against Manchester United and that is something City will have to guard against. Especially when you consider PSG also won away at Bayern Munich and before that Barcelona in earlier rounds.

This should be another fantastic game of football and I think the tie is not as dead and buried as the bookmakers odds seem to have it. PSG will make a real fight of this and I think City are going to have to beat their best to reach the final. I feel they will do, but it will be a close run thing on the night.

  • Full Time Result – Draw – (7/2)
  • Correct Score – Manchester City 2-2 Paris St Germain – 14/1
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City) – 6/4

Wednesday 5th May

Chelsea (1) v (1) Real Madrid

Chelsea probably feel they have a slight advantage from their first leg draw in Madrid, but with Real able to welcome back Sergio Ramos from injury and the possibility that Eden Hazard could play a bigger role in the game for the visitors, that away goal advantage doesn’t amount to much.

As such, this is a game that I think will once again see goals at both ends, but I do feel that there is a real likelihood that this game may require extra time and possibly even penalty kicks to decide who reaches the final at the end of the month.

With that in mind, I am going to go for the draw here and while Chelsea fans will be hoping it is a 0-0 draw, I think 1-1 is more likely.

  • Full Time Result – Draw – 23/10
  • Correct Score – Chelsea 1-1 Real Madrid (5/1) At the end of 90 minutes.
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Mason Mount (Chelsea) 10/3

Europa League Semi-Finals 2nd Leg

Thursday 6th May

Arsenal (1) v (2) Villarreal

Arsenal may have beaten Newcastle on the road this weekend, but I think this is a very tough game for the Gunners. Villarreal have won 12 of the 13 games they have played in this competition so far this season and drawn the other.

Mikel Arteta’s men have a decent record in this competition too, but they have lost and drawn their last two home games in this competition against much inferior opponents than the Spanish side and I don’t think even the return of Aubameyang from illness is going to be sufficient for them here.

Villarreal have proven time and again this season they can go away from home and pick up a result and against an Arsenal side that blow hot and cold, I see them doing that here. This will be a close one I think and there may be just the one goal in it.

  • Full Time Result – Villarreal to win (3/1)
  • Correct Score – Arsenal 0-1 Villarreal (11/1)
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Paco Alcacer (Villarreal) 21/10

AS Roma (2) v (6) Manchester United

Clinical finishing was the order of the day in the first leg, as from 14 shots on target, both teams netted eight goals between them. United grabbed six of those to put themselves in with a fantastic opportunity to reach the final.

Roma will be hoping they can claw back a couple of goals early on to make things interesting, but the problem they have is that this United side has proven to be even more dangerous away from home than it is at home. Add to that Roma’s recent form, with no wins in their last five ahead of Sunday’s game with Sampdoria and it looks bleak for the Italian side.

With United having a near full-strength squad, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can sit back and allow his team to pick Roma off on the counterattack which they do superbly well. As such, I think this game will likely be another United victory.

  • Full Time Result – Manchester United to win (10/11)
  • Correct Score – AS Roma 2-3 Manchester United (18/1)
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Bruno Fernandes (Man Utd) 5/4

*All odds shown were correct as of Sunday 2nd May at 4.30pm with bet365 Sport.