After knocking out defending-champion Chelsea in the last round, Real Madrid travel to EPL leader Man City in the best match of the UCL semifinals. Our sportsbook offers a great range of betting markets and props on the premier soccer competitions in the world.
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Three Losses at Home All Season for Man City
A goalless draw in the Spanish capital allowed Man City to advance to the semifinals for the second season in a row. Unbeaten at the Etihad in the Champions League since a 2-1 loss to Lyon back in September, 2018, the Citizens have scored 13 goals in their five home matches in the tournament this term. In knockouts, they kept visiting Sporting and Atletico Madrid at bay.
Manchester City are currently atop the Premier League standings, thriving under Pep Guardiola so far this season. They thrashed Watford comfortably, 5-1, in their last game, and will look to be just as ruthless when they face the leading team in Europe. It’s the toughest period for the top Euro teams as they fight for European silverware.
Defensive injuries are seemingly the biggest issue for Man City against Real Madrid, though Guardiola could become the first manager to eliminate Real Madrid from the Champions League three times. He’s desperate more than ever to go all the way, and finally lifting the trophy with the Manchester giants.
The hosts will be without Joao Cancelo for the first leg, as the Portuguese player picked up his third yellow card of the tournament on the road against Atletico Madrid. However, Kyle Walker (ankle) should be back to full fitness, while John Stones is doubtful and will be assessed Tuesday. Given their incredible Champions League home record, we will include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
A Depleted Real Madrid
It will be a difficult task for Real Madrid to knock out Manchester City over two legs, but not impossible. Real Madrid started as an ultra-attacking side under Carlo Ancelotti this season, outscoring the opponents across all competitions. It wasn’t until the Italian made some defensive fixes that his side looked became consistent.
The fans would be happy to see the defensive line have a good performance against the Citizens, but this game comes at the wrong moment for Los Blancos. David Alaba, Ferland Mendy and Casemiro are out injured. In worst-case scenario, the backline would feature Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho and Marcelo. A downgrade,, given the importance of the game and the opposition.
The neutral fans hate Diego Simeone’s defensive approach with Atletico Madrid, but Real Madrid should learn from their city rivals. They shouldn’t afford City a lot of space outside the box. The most important thing Madrid’s defenders need to keep in mind is not losing concentration at any point during the game.
Luka Modric was rested entirely for the win against Osasuna, but will definitely return to lead the middle line, alongside the returning Toni Kroos. If you’re betting online, always be aware of defensive uncertainties and absentees in such a clash. Los Blancos’ advantage on their opponents in this doubled-legged tie is that they’ve already secured the domestic league title, So, the could afford to rest many of their key players against Espanyol.
Man City vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
Real Madrid has an impressive overall record against Man City, winning five of the eight direct clashes played between the two sides. Recently, the Citizens won both legs of their previous Champions League tie in 2020, 4-2 on aggregate. Madrid’s winless in their last three games against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League. A poor record against the English clubs as well, winning just one of their last six games against EPL opposition. Guardiola has an impressive head-to-head record against Ancelotti, as in four wins in six games between the two managers. The Spanish manager has eliminated Los Blancos from the Champions League twice previously.
Man City vs Real Madrid Game Information
- Game: Man City (6-2-2) vs Real Madrid (7-0-3)
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, EN
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 26th. 3:00 p.m. ET
- Man City vs Real MadridLive stream: fubo.tv
Man City vs. Real Madrid Betting Lines
Man City vs Real Madrid Predictions
The hosts enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -210 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds.
The goal line is priced at three. Honestly, Real Madrid was not impressive in the knockout rounds. They beat Paris Saint-Germain by exerting themselves for just 30 minutes of a two-legged tie, and eliminated Chelsea as a result of a shockingly below-par performance by the opposition in the first leg and Modric’s assist of the century. They won’t get such good fortune from this Man City side, especially at the Etihad.
The Citizens are favorites to qualify further and make a second consecutive final appearance. City have found issues in the past when they’re the favorites, though, with the fingers pointed at Guardiola for overcomplicating his tactics. Since both teams have issues on defense,expect a high-scoring affair. In our official pick, we will combine that with a home win.