Real Madrid will try to take advantage of their home dominance and turn things around on Wednesday when they will host Man City for the second leg of their Champions League semifinal. You can live-bet on the Champions League action by using our sportsbook.
Real Madrid: Crowned Champions in La Liga
Los Blancos are no strangers to stunning Champions League comebacks. Following the most entertaining Champions League match of the season in which they lost 4-3 on the road to Man City, Real Madrid will be eager to use their experience and qualify for the final.
Real Madrid has been crowned La Liga champions for the 35th time after Saturday’s impressive 4-0 victory against Espanyol saw the Spanish giants add a new title to their amazing collection. Carlo Ancelotti became the first-ever manager to win the five major league championships: La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Premier League, and Serie A.
The Italian manager rested most of his important players last weekend against Espanyol with Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior, Daniel Carvajal, Federico Valverde, and Toni Kroos being left on the bench. He took a risk rushing David Alaba back for the first leg following his injury woes, and the Austrian was taken off at halftime at the Etihad and subsequently missed the title-clinching win over Espanyol. Casemiro has already recovered from the muscle injury which kept him out of the team’s last three games and is now working to improve his confidence and conditioning for the crucial return leg.
There’s every chance this clash could be another entertaining affair, with Real Madrid’s exhilarating home leg against Chelsea in the quarter-finals being a case in point. Since December 2018, Real Madrid never failed to score at home in the Champions League, a streak which is expected to be extended on Wednesday against the Citizens.
Karim Benzema is the most in-form striker in Europe, and the French veteran displays amazing football skills, which puts him among the top favorites for winning the Golden Ball. We expect him to add at least one more goal to his season tally so if you like betting on props you should include him in your soccer picks and parlays.
Man City: Stunning Form
The Citizens are involved in an intense title race in the Premier League. They can’t afford to rest their players and drop points in their domestic league. De Bruyne, Silva, and Riyad Mahrez are all expected to return to the starting lineup after being named among the substitutes at Elland Road. The first leg was pure football. It was the type of game that has everything from goals, amazing quality on the pitch, great managers, and world-class players. The tie is not over and it won’t be easy for City to maintain the lead. We previewed the first leg and we cashed in on Man City ML and Over 2½ goals in the match at +120.
Manchester City will take confidence from their win in the first leg. On top of that, the Citizens fired on all cylinders and blew Leeds United away, at the weekend with a brilliant display which saw them score four more goals. Let’s not forget that City failed to kill the tie in the first leg missing some crazy sitters when up two goals. That might cost them but Pep Guardiola will definitely try to correct these mistakes.
Guardiola will welcome Joao Cancelo back following his first leg suspension but he has admitted that Kyle Walker’s ankle problem could keep him out for the remainder of the season. If you’re betting online you should avoid betting on the moneyline at this level and focus on the goals market.
Real Madrid vs Man City Head-to-Head
Recent history certainly favors the Premier League leaders ahead of their trip to the Spanish capital, with City being knocked out in just one of their last 10 Champions League ties when winning the first leg. Man City’s first-leg victory over Real represented their third consecutive win against the 13-time European champions.
Real Madrid has been playing very efficient football lately. Just one in the past ten games didn’t see three or more goals, and the latest five were all with more than 3½ goals scored. Only the latest one during that stretch, against Espanyol, 4-0, was with just one side contributing on the scoresheet. Last weekend’s win over Leeds was City’s fourth win in a row and seventh in their last 10 games across the competitions with the only defeat coming against Liverpool in the FA Cup semis.
Real Madrid vs Man City Game Information
- Game: Real Madrid (7-0-4) vs Man City (7-2-2)
- Location: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 3:00 p.m. ET
- Real Madrid vs Man City Live stream: fubo.tv
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Real Madrid vs Man City Betting Lines
Real Madrid vs Man City Predictions
Despite playing on the road, the visitors are favorites to win this clash being priced at +105 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while the goal line is set at three.
These two teams can score goals, they are fully packed with world-class players and if they get the opportunity both sides can take chances. We expect both teams to start carefully and try to find weaknesses and mistakes in the opposition. That doesn’t mean this game won’t have goals. On the contrary, once the first goal will be scored the game will totally change and the balls will start to find the back of the net.
Given the result from the first leg, the importance of this game, and the quality of the two teams, there’s no way this game stays under. On our sportsbook, you have the possibility to combine two markets for a better outcome so this is exactly what we will do for this crucial fixture.