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Preview – Real Madrid vs Manchester City

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Real Madrid and Manchester City lock horns in the most attractive tie of the Champions League round of 16.

Real Madrid

Record time Champions League winners Real Madrid will welcome Manchester City for the first leg of a mouth-watering UCL Round of 16 encounter.

The Whites will be looking to return to winning ways, as they lost the La Liga lead to Barcelona last weekend after dropping points in two consecutive league outings.

A win against City would also be a big boost for Zinedine Zidane’s side before next weekend’s El Clasico against their Catalan rivals.

Manchester City

Manchester City visit Real Madrid for only the third time in the Champions League history, hoping to register their first win against the Spanish giants.

The Citizens will have an extra motive to conquer Europe this season, after being hit with a two-year ban from the competition starting from the 2020-21 campaign.

Their trip to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium comes on the back of two successive Premier League wins, 2-0 vs West Ham and 1-0 at Leicester City during the last week.

Click here to check out the team news and our predicted XI.

Stats

Real Madrid scored 10 and conceded four goals in three home games during the group stages of the competition, which is an average of almost five goals per game.

In 2018/19, City brushed aside Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in the last 16, winning 3-2 in Germany and 7-0 at home – their record victory in UEFA club competition.

Madrid’s record in two-legged knockout ties against English clubs is W8 L4. They have won their last three such contests, most recently in the 2016 semi-finals vs non-other-than Manchester City.

The Citizens record against Spanish clubs in two-legged knockout ties is W1 L4, with defeats in each of the last four.