Ronaldo 4-1 to catch Messi in goal race

CRISTIANO RONALDO is 4-1 to catch old rival Lionel Messi in the race to be this season’s Champions League top goalscorer.

Messi is stuck on 11 goals after Barcelona crashed out at the quarter-final stage – losing 3-0 on aggregate to Juventus – and Ronaldo finds himself four down with a potential three matches left for Real Madrid.

The holders are rated 13-8 favourites to become the first side in the Champions League era to successfully defend their crown, while Juve are 9-4 shots prior to this morning’s semi-final draw.

Atletico Madrid can be backed at 7-2 with Monaco available as the 7-1 outsiders. The Ligue 1 leaders beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the second leg to progress 6-3 on aggregate.

This will be the third time in five years that the Premier League is not represented in the semi-finals and bet365 are betting on next season’s English challenge.

An English winner is available at 9-2, while it is evens for another Premier League blank in the semi-finals.

Chelsea will be one of those sides looking to crack the Champions League but before that the Premier League leaders face a huge FA Cup semi-final against second-placed Tottenham at Wembley.

The Blues are set to be boosted by the return of Thibaut Courtois and Marcos Alonso, who both missed last week’s 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

Spurs will be missing left-back Danny Rose and manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his side are underdogs. “If there is one favourite it is Chelsea,” said Pochettino. “They are a more experienced team than us.”

Match in Focus


Sociedad v Espanyol

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Sociedad's five home league and European games have produced 24 goals
Expert verdict
Espanyol look a big price to spring a surprise in San Sebastian. The Catalans have only lost two of their last seven – they were against Barcelona and Real Madrid – while Sociedad do leak goals at home after conceding ten in four league outings. The visitors signed off last term with three away victories in four, and can return to winning ways.



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