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Manchester City v Real Madrid Betting Preview: All-square at Etihad Stadium

posted by David Nugent
Manchester City v Real Madrid Betting Preview: All-square at Etihad Stadium

Manchester City hosts Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night the Champions League semi-final first leg, with both sides hoping to claim an advantage to take into the second leg at Bernabeu.

Manchester City v Real Madrid

Champions League Semi-Final First Leg

Kick-off 19:45

Live on BT Sport Europe/ BT Sport Europe HD

Manchester City heads into this clash in good spirits following a 4-0 defeat of Stoke City in the Premier League. However, what will be the most encouraging factor for City heading into this clash will be their 3-2 aggregate victory against PSG in the semi-finals.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are now unbeaten in five games in this competition and are odds of 2/ 1 with Bet365.

Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scored the winning goal last time out in this competition against PSG and he looks a good bet for any time goalscorer at odds of 16/5 with 888 Sport.

Real Madrid are one of the favourites to win the European Cup and will fancy their chances against City. Zinedine Zidane’s team has won six out of their last seven games in this competition and have won their last five games in all competitions. They are odds of 17/11 at NetBet to pick-up another win in this clash.

Los Blancos have kept eight clean sheets in their last ten games in this competition, so City will need to be at their best going forward to find a way past the Real defence.

Zidane’s team have been in dominant form of late, that quarter-final first leg against Wolfsburg apart and can be backed at odds of 6/4 to win this clash.

Former-Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is a fitness doubt for this clash, but has been in outstanding form once again. The Portuguese superstar is odds of 7/2 with SkyBet to open the scoring in this clash.

Big Tip

These two teams both head into this clash in decent form and for me this game will finish in a draw, which is available at odds of 51/20 at Winner.

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