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

17:30 Sa 27May BBC1

Arsenal v Chelsea

Home Win Draw Away Win
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  • Arsenal have won one of the last 12 competitive meetings against Chelsea
Expert verdict
Chelsea wrapped up the Premier League in easy fashion and can land the double against London rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. The Gunners beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates in September but since then Antonio Conte has switched to a three-man defence which has helped the champions to dominate English football.

 

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