Following the 1-1 draw at Bernabeu, Manchester City, and Real Madrid renew hostilities at the Etihad for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final. You can live bet on the UCL action by using our sportsbook.
Man City: Rock-Solid at Home
After a 1-1 draw, this Champions League semi-final is finely poised, but Manchester City have a fantastic chance of exacting revenge on Real Madrid and making it to their second Champions League final on Wednesday.
Manchester City dominated the first half in Madrid but went into the break behind and, while somewhat against the run of play, they fully deserved the first-leg draw they earned through Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent equalizer in the second half.
Pep Guardiola’s troops took control in the Premier League title race after another dominant win against Everton in their domestic league. With three games to go till the end of the season, the Citizens are sitting four points clear at the top of the standings and have a game in hand on the Gunners.
Heading into Wednesday’s second leg with a 22-game unbeaten run to protect, Man City has incredibly strung together a 15-match winning streak at Etihad Stadium in all tournaments, so we will continue to include them in our Champions League picks and parlays.
The Man City medical team is only looking after one player at the moment in the form of Nathan Ake, who has now sat out the Premier League champions’ last two matches with a hamstring injury sustained against Leeds United earlier this month. The well-rested De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, and John Stones are all expected and ready to be recalled to the starting lineup.
Real Madrid: Comeback Masters
It would be foolish to write off a Real Madrid side that has ruled the continent five times in the last nine years and has made a habit of crushing English dreams in this competition. Carlo Ancelotti’s men beat Chelsea, City, and Liverpool on their march to glory last term and have already knocked the Blues and Reds out in this year’s competition. So they won’t fear a trip to Etihad and have the firepower to upset the odds if Guardiola’s side fails to hit top gear, but if you’re betting online, you should skip the winners’ market and focus on the goals market.
Unfortunately for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, both Rodrygo and Benzema are doubts for Wednesday’s clash, while Eduardo Camavinga was also taken off at the weekend after a heavy challenge. Even if they are fit, this will be a huge test for Los Blancos. They have lost their last two Champions League trips to the Etihad and head into this game off the back of consecutive away defeats to Girona and Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid is not scared of sitting back and gifting possession to their opponents, and they will happily repeat that game plan at the Etihad as City prepares to boast upwards of 60 percent possession. In this fixture, however, that statistic means nothing.
Man City vs Real Madrid Head-to-Head
Manchester City has won 15 consecutive games at home. Erling Haaland has scored 19 goals in his last 14 appearances across all competitions.
Real Madrid has scored in 15 of their last 16 competitive games. City has scored exactly three goals in four of their last six home games and has netted six times in their last two home games against Real Madrid, while they haven’t conceded more than one at home in any competition since mid-January.
We saw seven goals when these sides last faced off at Etihad, so it bodes well for an open game. Under Pep Guardiola, Manchester City has lost only one of their last five matches against Real Madrid in the Champions League and has won three of these games.
Man City vs Real Madrid Match Information
- Match: Man City (7-4-0) vs Real Madrid (8-1-2)
- Location: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 17, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Manchester City vs Real Madrid Live stream: fubo.tv
Man City vs Real Madrid Betting Lines
Man City vs Real Madrid Picks and Prediction
The Citizens enter this clash as favorites, priced at -165 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest Champions League odds, while the goal line is set at three.
Following a cagey first leg, we expect many goals in Wednesday’s winner-takes-all affair. But with Man City’s attacking firepower, every foe that steps before them at the Etihad stands little chance. In addition, City has a greater depth of attacking talent in reserve, and should complete their revenge mission from 2022. We expect a high-scoring affair with goals from both sides but the hosts should have enough to win this clash.