Manchester City vs Real Madrid prediction, Preview and Odds

Manchester City vs Real Madrid prediction, Preview and Odds

Manchester City vs Real Madrid predictions for Friday’s Champions League fixture at the Etihad Stadium. Man City are in pole position to qualify for the quarter finals at Real Madrid’s expense

Manchester City in pole position
After an achingly long wait of over five months, Manchester City will finally renew their pursuit of the trophy they crave the most this week, when they welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium for the clubs’ Champions League Last 16 second leg clash.

The Citizens established a 2-1 lead in the sides’ first encounter in Spain back in February, coming from behind to snatch victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in what was considered a watershed moment for the team.

With their Premier League title long relinquished to Liverpool and City’s dreams of lifting successive FA Cups this term also dashed, the Champions League has been further pedestalised by Pep Guardiola’s team this year, and with the pressure to succeed enormous, the Citizens have to deliver.

City finished their 2019/20 domestic campaign with nine wins from 12 matches, hitting a whopping 36 goals along the way, and while there was a slip up or two on the road, their form at the Etihad, where the Citizens won six from six, has been imperious.

Real Madrid’s continental standards slipping?
Recently crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid proved an irresistible force in Spain post-lockdown, winning 10 of their last11 league fixtures to finish a comfortable five points clear of traditional antagonists Barcelona in the final shake-up.

Los Blancos conceded a total of just six goals during their impressively consistent run-in, though their record of scoring two or fewer goals in nine of the same 11 matches suggests they lack the attacking sparkle of yesteryear.

While 13-times winners Real Madrid have unmatchable Champions League pedigree, their results in this year’s competition hint that their lofty standards have slipped.

Zinedine Zidane’s charges won just three of the seven fixtures they’ve contested in this season’s tournament, with their victories against minnows Galatasaray (twice) and Club Brugge their only successes so far.

City to finish the job
Real Madrid’s performances have been far from convincing in the Champions League this term, and with key central defender Sergio Ramos suspended on Friday following his first leg sending off, City have a favourable set of circumstances to take advantage of this week.

The Citizens were much the better team when the sides clashed in the Spanish capital back in February, and had they been a little more clinical with their 16 attempts on goal, they might have established an unassailable first leg lead.

Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring outfit have been ferociously dominant at the Etihad Stadium since the resumption of play, plundering an eye-watering 24 goals on their way to winning six out of six assignments on home soil.

We expect the Citizens to maintain their winning streak in Manchester on Friday – however, City aren’t expected to replicate the hammerings they dished out to teams like Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich when they face a more defensively robust Real Madrid rearguard.

Los Blancos, who shipped just six goals in their final 11 games of the season, are unlikely to be overrun at the Etihad like some of the Premier League fodder torn asunder there, and while their attacking output remains modest, their record of scoring at least once in 23 of their 25 competitive fixtures in 2020 points to an efficiency up front that should allow them to make an impact on the scoresheet again this week.

With those factors considered, the Man City win and both teams to score combination looks excellent value at the prices available for Friday’s crucial Champions League encounter, while our correct score prediction tips the Citizens to match their 2-1 first leg triumph.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups:
Man City
Injured: Sergio Aguero

Suspended: Benjamin Mendy

Predicted line-up: Ederson – Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Zinchenko – Rodrigo, de Bruyne, Gundogan – Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus

Real Madrid
Injured: Mariano, Marcelo (doubtful)

Suspended: Sergio Ramos

Predicted line-up: Courtois – Carvajal, Militao, Varane, Mendy – Casemiro, Kroos, Modric – Rodrygo, Hazard, Benzema
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