The Champions League returns on Tuesday evening as European royalty Real Madrid travel to Manchester City who are in search of their very first European triumph. Read below to find out some of our predictions for the semi-final first leg and where to find the best odds for this fixture.
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Man City vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
- Our Tip – Real Madrid to Win and Both to Score – 10/1 on Betstorm.
One of the most intriguing semi-final clashes in recent memory, and one that is almost guaranteed to entertain.
Manchester City have several defensive injuries, with John Stones and Nathan Ake expected to miss Tuesday’s clash, while Joao Cancelo misses through suspension.
Real Madrid also have issues of their own with David Alaba picking up an injury over the weekend, and Ferland Mendy facing a race against time to be fit. With both sides having to endure the respective attacking prowess of each other with depleted defensive lines should make for an incredibly entertaining tie.
We are tipping Real Madrid to have a lot of joy in the transition though, and their threat on the counter attack could be overwhelming for City at times particularly in the defensive wide positions.
Vinicius will relish a foot race with Kyle Walker, freeing up space for Karim Benzema to move in between the lines where he operates so effectively. That’s why we’re predicting Madrid to edge a first leg win but both teams to score.
Man City vs Real Madrid Predictions
- Real Madrid to Win 2-1 – 18/1 on Betstorm.
The previous tie against Chelsea highlighted Real Madrid’s incredible ability to create moments of brilliance from absolutely nothing. They were up against it for some 80 minutes until Luka Modric gloriously picked out Rodrygo with the outside of his boot to send the tie to extra time.
They are unpredictably brilliant, and their talisman Karim Benzema is arguably the most in-form player on the planet. The big occasions are his preferred stage, and with the league all but secured, the possibility of a fifth Champions League will be at the forefront of his thoughts entering this one.
While Manchester City will likely have the majority of possession and possibly create more chances than the visitors, they often leave themselves vulnerable to counter-attacks. Madrid are imperious moving forward, and relish any opportunity to spring a surprise on their opponents given the pace and ability of their front line.
With this in mind, we’re opting for Carlo Ancelotti’s men to get the win here with a 2-1 scoreline.
Man City vs Real Madrid Odds
Man City vs Real Madrid Team News & Predicted Line-Ups
Manchester City Team News
Pep Guardiola faces a team selection nightmare with Joao Cancelo missing through suspension, while Kyle Walker faces a race against time to prove his fitness.
With Vinicius Junior likely to line-up on the left of Madrid’s attack, City are looking particularly vulnerable.
John Stones also looks set to miss the tie having not appeared in training since picking up an injury against Brighton.
Kevin De Bruyne was also revealed to have played through some discomfort last time out, but the Belgian has been cleared fit to play and will be pivotal to City’s chances.
Manchester City Predicted Line-Up
Ederson, Zinchenko, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Foden, Jesus, Mahrez.
Real Madrid Team News
Luckily for Carlo Ancelotti, centre-back Eder Militao returns after serving his suspension during their quarter-final victory over Chelsea. With David Alaba hardly featuring in training since being taken off over the weekend with a thigh issue, it is likely Nacho will start alongside the Brazilian at the heart of the defence.
Meanwhile, Casemiro and Ferland Mendy are late additions to the squad but may not be entirely match fit for a tie of this magnitude, so minutes are likely to be given to young prospect Eduardo Camavinga and veteran left-back Marcelo.
Real Madrid Predicted Line-Up
Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Camavinga, Modric, Vinicius, Benzema, Valverde.