Man City vs Real Madrid Betting Tips & Predictions
It’s sometimes a dangerous exercise backing a team to win a football match where a draw will suffice in order to reach the next stage of the Champions League, although we’re keen to get with Manchester City when they take on Real Madrid for the second time.
Pep Guardiola’s side came from behind at the Santiago Bernabeu to claim a 2-1 victory which makes them overwhelming favourites to reach the last eight of the competition, although it’s not as though the champions of England are going to play for a draw in the reverse fixture.
It’s possible that the Citizens will put on a show against opponents who are missing the suspended Sergio Ramos and have to score at least two goals during normal time to stand any chance of going through to the next round.
Guardiola deployed patient tactics in the first leg which saw Bernardo Silva and Kevin de Bruyne operate as inverted forwards, although there will surely be the temptation to field Sergio Aguero as the out-and-out striker for this clash, while Raheem Sterling should be up to speed after recently being sidelined with injury.
The big issue with City is their defence and Aymeric Laporte might not kick a ball again this season after hobbling off the pitch in Madrid, while John Stones has fallen out of favour which means the back two are likely to be Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi.
It shouldn’t matter whether the Premier League side concede considering they are capable of outscoring any opponent at the Etihad and the lack of Ramos in the visitors’ team will be a big negative, while Real struggled to force the issue in terms of creating chances in the first leg.
All things considered, we think it should be an entertaining clash and the bet we really like is Manchester City to win the game with both sides scoring.
Manchester City + BTTS @ 2.75 (7/4) with bet365