Realmadrid vs Manchester City – Match Preview & Prediction
Realmadrid vs Manchester City; Team news, Head to Head, Match Prediction
Manchester City head to the Santiago Bernebau on Wednesday night as they resume their quest for an historic Champions league crown. They face the competition’s most successful team Real Madrid in a tie that promises lots of excitement and fireworks over two legs. Both teams will come into this tie in search of an healthy advantage to put them in good stead of making the round of 16 when they face each other in the return leg.
Realmadrid vs Manchester City Team news
Los Blancos will come into this tie hoping to get a positive result against the English Champions. Zinedane Zidane’s men will be out to prevent a repeat of last season’s performance which saw them bow out in this stage to eventual semifinalists Ajax.
The Spanish Giants finished 2nd place in group A behind PSG en-route making the knockout stages but were far from convincing in most of their group games, Zidane’s men must now regroup and put in their best performance over two legs if they hope to get past a tough opposition in Manchester City.
Probable lineup; Courtois – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy – Modric, Isco, Casemiro, Kroos – Vinícius Júnior, Benzema.
Manchester City dominated their group churning out commanding performances en-route making the knockout stages. Pep Guardiola’s men finished top with four win and two draws after six games.
Manchester City’s attention is now definitely on the Champions league as the race for the premier league title looks to be over, The premier league champions are now desperate to get their hands on the Champions league trophy for the first time after being hit with a devastating European ban for two seasons. Pep must now rally his troops as they look to get past this difficult test Realmadrid poses.
Probable lineup; Ederson – Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Mendy – De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündogan – Mahrez, Agüero, B. Silva
Host Real Madrid were dealt a major blow ahead of this tie after markee summer signing Eden Hazard was ruled out of this due to a broken ankle. Winger Gareth Bale is also a doubt due to illness while the return of Marco Asensio to training could be a welcome boost
Visitors Manchester City will be without arguably their best player this campaign Raheem Sterling as they travel to Madrid. The fitness level of defender Aymeric Laporte remains a concern while winger Leroy Sane still remains an absentee.
RealMadrid vs Manchester City Head to Head
These two teams have met four times in the past with Realmadrid unbeaten in all four meetings.
- RealMadrid have lost only three Champions league home games in the last five years
- Manchester City have failed to win five of their last eleven Champions league away games
- Real Madrid won just one of their three home games in the group stages
- Manchester City are unbeaten away from home in this season’s competition.
RealMadrid vs Manchester City Match Predictions
- Over 2.5 match goals
- Both teams to score
- 3 or more match bookings
- Over 8.5 corner kicks
- 3 or more offsides
- Kevin De-bruyne over 0.5 shots on target
- Benzema/Aguero anytime goal scorer
- Ball to hit the post or crossbar – Yes
- Penalty to be Awarded – yes