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Man City vs Real Madrid: Match preview & Betting tips

Zinedine Zindane of Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City
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An absolute thriller of a match awaits as Manchester City and Real Madrid will lock horns once again with eyes on Europe’s biggest prize.

Champions League will return on Friday with a replay of two of the most electrifying fixtures of this season: Manchester City vs Real Madrid and Juventus vs Olympique Lyon.

Man City have upper-hand against Real Madrid. Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus grabbed two crucial away goals when the two sides met for the first leg back in February.

The Sky Blues would hope the away goals can help compensate for the lack of fans’ support when they welcome Los Blancos at Etihad.

Man City Form and Team news:

Form: It would not be unreasonable to say that this season has not exactly gone according to the scripts on fans’ minds. City could not rise to the challenge that Liverpool presented and were, to put it simply, outclassed by them. They finished second in the Premier League table with a colossal 18-point gap against champions Liverpool. If that wasn’t already enough, more disappointment followed their way as they were knocked out by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Team News: Fitness issue kept Sergio Aguero from participating in the first leg and same will the case for him in the second one. Fortunately, that is the only injury concern for City. Joao Cancelo is likely to start at left-back in place of Benjamin Mendy, who is serving a suspension.

Real Madrid Form and Team news:

Form: The visitors have been in stunning form, especially towards the end of the La Liga season. Post lockdown, they won 10 straight games before drawing in the final matchday to clinch the league title. They are also statistically the best defensive side among the top European leagues.

Team News: Surprisingly, or rather unsurprisingly considering the recent developments, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have been omitted from the 24-man squad. Sergio Ramos is on a suspension and his absence will most probably be the most troubling factor for the visitors. Mariano Diaz, who earlier contacted COVID-19, will also not travel with the team.

Betting tips:

[All odds are correct at publishing time and are subject to change. All odds as reported by The Telegraph]

Having won the competition a record 13 times, Real Madrid have the advantage of experience in the tie. But it appears they are not quite popular among the bookies as they are priced at 31/10 to win the tie.

On the other had, bookies really fancy Man City to win the tie as they are odds-on at at 7/10 for emerging victorious.

A draw can be backed at 7/2.

In the absence of Aguero, Jesus is expected to take the center stage. His record in the Champions League is also remarkable, with 14 goal involvements from 16 starts. Odds for him scoring in the match is 10/11.

Real Madrid have scored 21 goals and conceding just six in their last 11 matches. Man City are also ruthless in scoring, with 102 goals scored in the 2019/20 Premier League season. 8/15 is the odds for both teams finding the back of the net.