The victories of English Liverpool and Italian Roma at return quarterfinal games of the Champions League have made the teams of Jurgen Klopp and Eusébio Di Francesco the semifinalists of Europe 2018 club championship:
Manchester City - Liverpool - 1:2 (Jesus - Salah, Firmino)
Roma - Barcelona - 3:0 (Džeko, De Rossi, Manolas)
But, if the final success of the grandee from Manchester has been in advance predetermined by the result of the first meeting at Anfield (3:0) then the Roman Wolf in return home match with Barcelona has demonstrated fantastic comeback.
So, Liverpool and Roma became the first semifinalists of club championship of Europe and now are waiting for two more participants of the subsequent stage of the tournament, and (what is quite natural) they are waiting also for semifinal draw procedure of the Champions League on the 13th of Friday, April in the Swiss headquarters of UEFA. We will remind you that at this stage of the tournament there are no restrictions and any seeded teams and therefore the set of semifinal pairs and also the hosts of the first matches will be defined by a "blind" lot.
Semifinal fights of the Champions League will take place on the 24th-25th of April and on the 1st-2nd of May. And now Jurgen Klopp's team with highly raised head returns to Anfield and will absolutely calmly be preparing for the forthcoming calendar match of the 34th round with Bournemouth.
It is obvious that the current calmness of the Reds is guaranteed by a quite strong position in the Champions League race where, having used frankly weak game of Chelsea and Arsenal, other favorites have already ensured the participation in the next Champions League tournament:
Manchester City - 84 (32), MU - 71 (32), Liverpool - 67 (33), Tottenham - 67 (32)...
The ex-champion of England Chelsea occupies today the fifth line at the tournament bracket and is behind Tottenham and Liverpool with 10 points. Undoubtedly, in the remained spring part of the season it is already impossible to win back such a great lag. And therefore as we have already noted, now the hosts of Anfield can calmly prepare for a meeting with the middle level team - Bournemouth - (the 11th place) and without paying special attention on the standings. But, on the other hand, the semifinalist of the Champions League can’t lose points in home matches against middle level teams of EPL.
Liverpool – 1.25, draw – 6.00, Bournemouth – 10.00;
Our tip: Liverpool to win (asian handicap -1.5) – odds 1.75 Interwetten