Lionel Messi’s Barcelona are the 6/4 favourites to win the Champions League with Liverpool next best at 5/2 and Spurs at 4/1.
Liverpool and Tottenham (14/5 Name The Finalists) both moved to within one more hurdle of the Champions League final on Wednesday night, but neither will find life comfortable in their respective semi-finals against Barcelona and Ajax.
Spurs have proven to be one of the surprise packages of this season’s tournament given that Mauricio Pochettino’s men scraped through their group alongside Barca, despite losing their opening two games.
However, they have gone from strength to strength in the knockout rounds with a 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last-16 followed by the thrilling away goals triumph over Premier League rivals and pre-tournament favourites Manchester City.
Ajax await and, while it seems to be a favourable draw for the north Londoners, the Dutch outfit have become the dark horses of the Champions League.
They stormed back from a 2-1 first leg deficit to thrash holders Real Madrid 4-1 at the Bernabeu in the last 14, before dumping out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus side 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 2-1 win in Turin on Tuesday.
Spurs could be boosted by the fact they play the home leg first given that Ajax have proven to be stronger on their travels in the second leg when upsetting their more illustrious rivals in the past two rounds.
The main problem facing Spurs is the loss of injured talisman Harry Kane, while Son Heung-min will miss the first leg (Tottenham 5/4, Ajax 21/10, Draw 12/5 – Match Betting) due to suspension.
But, given that both sides will fancy their chances having already upset the odds, it makes for an enthralling double-header between two attack-minded teams.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are facing the toughest test out of the two English sides with a star-studded Barcelona side waiting in the wings.
Jurgen Klopp’s men eased into the last-four with a 6-1 aggregate win over Porto, but Barca showed their prowess as they swatted aside Manchester United 4-0 over two legs.
As ever, Lionel Messi will be the biggest threat to Liverpool as he now leads the way on 10 goals in Europe this season, while he is ably assisted in the final third by former Reds duo Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
Virgil van Dijk will have to live up to his billing as the world’s most expensive defender to keep Messi and co quiet and give Liverpool any chance of emulating last season’s run to the final.
However, while Liverpool are embroiled in a closely-fought contest with Manchester City for the Premier League title, Barca boast a nine-point lead in Spain so are less likely to be distracted when the first leg kicks off at Camp Nou on May 1 (Barcelona 8/11, Liverpool 10/3, Draw 3/1 – Match Betting).
Having the second leg at Anfield will be a big boost to Liverpool – as long as they avoid a drubbing in Catalonia – but Barca look to have that extra edge and also have the added incentive of winning the Champions League in the Spanish capital, Madrid, at Atletico’s Wanda Metroplitano.
The ideal scenario for Premier League fans would be two English clubs in that final, while the winner of the Liverpool (5/2 Champions League Outright) and Barca (6/4) tie looks geared up to go on and win the tournament.
Odds subject to change.