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Manchester City vs Real Madrid Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
15 April 2024, 13:50

In the second match of the English-Spanish clash, fans are inclined to see the second half of the thriller that the teams put on in the first match. Despite the fact that the teams were not as productive in attack as they could have been (xG statistics were 0.65 for Real Madrid and 0.80 for Manchester City), due to the intensity of the match and the beauty of the goals, this match can be featured in the Champions League golden pantheon. With the away goals rule cancelled, both teams approach the upcoming match with a clean state but whether we will see another shootout is an open question.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview 

Manchester City Preview

Manchester City is getting more mature in the Champions League each season and is probably learning from the best, given how Real Madrid’s character brought the team to its 14th Champions League. After conceding two goals in two minutes, City managed to answer with their own double, when Phil Phoden and Josko Gvardiol scored in the 66th and 71th minutes. However, Manchester City is still under pressure in the domestic championship, where the competition is likely to be intensified until the last round. The good news is that Kyle Walker will most likely be featured in the starting line-up, alongside Ederson and Kevin De Bruyne. The two latter played in the weekend match against Luton (5-1) showing that City will approach the match against Madrid in full strength.

Real Madrid Preview 

Carlo Ancelotti’s main advantage over Manchester City is that Real is almost the champion of La Liga, enjoying an 8-points advantage over Barcelona. In the weekend, Real won over Mallorca in an energy-saving mode, which was evident from the movement of the players, with Vinicus Junior appearing on the field only at the end of the game. It is still an open question who will cement the defence alongside Antonio Rudiger, given that Eder Militao has just recovered after injury while Nacho Fernandez is not the safest option in the big matches. Real comes to the Etihad with fresh memories of last season's defeat (4-0), opting for revenge, and it can be expected that we will see more defensive-minded Madrid than usual.

Betting Tips for Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid Handicap +1

Even though Manchester City is rightfully considered as a favourite of the second match, given its impressive game and series of 22 matches on Etihad in the Champions League unbeaten, Real Madrid is well-known for its impeccable motivation in this tournament. Moreover, Carlo Ancelotti is still one of the best managers in the history of football and it is hard to imagine that last-season's defeat was not thoroughly analysed. Real Madrid will most likely play from the side of an underdog but it is unlikely that the team will lose with more than 1 goal difference. Unibet gives 1.76 for this Manchester City vs. Real Madrid prediction.

Total Goals Under 3.5

While the last match saw both teams’ scoring incredible goals, this match will have much more at stake. Both Guardiola and Ancelotti did not expect 6 goals scored in the first match and it is likely that the teams’ will play carefully, with Real hoping for its reactive counter attacks. Manchester City vs. Real Madrid odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.56.

Eduardo Camavinga to Receive a Yellow Card  

With Aurélien Tchouaméni missing the upcoming match due to the disqualification, Eduardo Camavinga will most likely be given the task of holding the connection between midfield and attack, with Ancelotti prefers to pick either Toni Kroos or Luka Modric, in order to give room to young and more agile players. Camavinga, who is known for his risky moves and tackles, will have to face Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Phil Phoden and others, and it is hard to imagine that he will leave this match without a yellow card. For this Manchester City vs Real Madrid tip, Unibet gives 3.90.

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