Supercomputer predicts Champions League winner as each team's chance of European glory is revealed | The Sun
MANCHESTER CITY have been backed to finally win the Champions League by our supercomputer.
Pep Guardiola's side are aiming to win the famous competition but face a tricky tie against Real Madrid in the semi-final.
City booked their place in the semi-finals by completing an impressive 4-1 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich.
And our supercomputer reckons it's their time to go all the way.
The boffins over at Bettingexpert have built BETSiE – a supercomputer tasked with determining probabilities in football.
BETSiE takes into account factors like results, xG and pre-season expectations while running a simulator 20,000 times.
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Having worked its magic, BETSiE gives City a 68 per cent chance of reaching the final and a 51 per cent likelihood that they go on and win it.
Real Madrid are distant second favourites, despite their amazing pedigree in the competition, given just a 20 per cent chance of winning the final and 32 per cent shot at beating City in the semis.
BETSiE reckons that Inter will beat Milan in the other semi-final, giving them a 63 per cent chance – compared to 37 per cent for their rivals – of reaching the final.
Neither Italian side are given much of a shot at beating City or Madrid, however, with Inter at 20 per cent and Milan at nine per cent.
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Both semi-finals will take place next month, before the final in Istanbul on June 10.
City boss Pep Guardiola is looking forward to the opportunity of having another chance at reaching the final.
Speaking ahead of the semi-final against Madrid, he said: "We arrived here last season with encouragement to get to the final.
"We played really good in both games. But it was not enough.
“But what happened in the past is the past. We are not here for revenge. It’s just another opportunity.
“As much as we are here, one day we will get it. One day we will reach the final and we will win it. We come here to do this this season.
“Last season we also came here to reach the final and win it. But it didn’t happen because we played against Real Madrid and in this competition they know exactly what they have to do.
“As much as we play against them or the other top teams in Europe, much closer we will be.”
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