The first leg of the semifinal phase of the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 will take place on May 9. The last four teams consist of two Italian clubs and one each from Spain and England. Let’s look at the fixtures and the odds for the first leg of the ongoing UCL season’s semifinal.
Who Will Face Whom in the UEFA Champions League 2022/23 Semifinals?
At least one Italian club will participate in the UCL 2022/23 championship game due to the tie between AC Milan and Inter Milan in the semifinal. The semifinal matchup between Manchester City and Real Madrid from the previous season will be repeated this time around. Here are the two-leg schedules for the 2022/23 Champions League semifinals.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City | Date: May 9 | Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
AC Milan vs Inter Milan | Date: May 10 | Venue: San Siro
Inter Milan vs AC Milan | Date: May 16 | Venue: San Siro
Manchester City vs Real Madrid | Date: May 17 | Venue: Etihad Stadium
2022/23 UCL Semifinals: Odds for first leg
Pep Guardiola’s side, the hot favourite for the title this year, overcame German giant Bayern Munich in the quarter-final to set up a semi-final clash against Madrid. The Los Blancos maintained a firm performance against Chelsea in the quarter-final and are now ready to give strong resistance to the Citizens in the next round.
Seven-time Champions League winner AC Milan had a hard time against Napoli in the previous round but eventually made it to the last four 2-1 on aggregate. On the other side, Inter Milan were pretty dominant over Benfica in the two legs.
Here are the current betting odds for the first leg of both fixtures:
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Odds
With the kind of form the Manchester side is having at the moment, it’s hard to bet on their opposition. Understandably, they are favourites by the bookies in the first leg, even though the match will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester City have remained unbeaten in their last 17 games, including 15 wins, and will play three more Premier League fixtures before facing Real Madrid in the first leg.
On the other side, Carlo Ancelotti’s team and their recent form in La Liga has been pretty unimpressive. They have recently lost heavily to Girona (4-2 away from home). However, whenever Champions League football comes up, Real Madrid become a different team. Dealing with them is perhaps the UCL campaign’s most difficult challenge for any opponent.
Madrid will play three more games, including the Copa del Ray final against Osasuna on May 6, before facing the Citizens at home on May 9.
Latest odds (SkyBet) for the first leg of the UCL 2022/23 semifinal clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City:
Real Madrid Win: 11/5 | Draw: 13/5 | Manchester City Win: 23/20
AC Milan vs Inter Milan
AC Milan and Inter Milan are both under pressure to finish in the top four in the ongoing Serie A season. They have struggled to keep up the momentum in the league, and the presence of European ties could hinder their UCL qualification next season.
Neither Milan team has participated in a UCL final in over a decade. Thus, the upcoming Milan derbies in the Champions League competition are anticipated to be thrilling matches.
Having said that, Inter Milan can be considered a slight favourite as they are in good shape and recently secured a spot in the 2022–23 Coppa Italia final by beating Juventus in the semifinal. They will face Lazio, Verona, and Roma before taking on Milan on May 10. Therefore, Simone Inzaghi and his men will face some challenging opponents before the first leg.
The Rossoneri, on the other hand, will also face Roma and Lazio before the semifinal first leg against their fiercest rivals. In the other Serie A fixture, they will play against Cremonese. Milan need to maintain good momentum before facing their archrivals. Although it’s hard to pick between the two sides, the latest odds for the first leg slightly favour AC Milan.
Latest odds (SkyBet) for the 1st leg of the Champions League 2022/23 semifinal clash between AC Milan and Inter Milan:
AC Milan Win: 8/5 | Draw: 21/10 | Inter Milan Win: 9/5