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Real Madrid vs Manchester City Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
8 April 2024, 11:55

In the first match of quarter finals of the Champions League, Real Madrid will host Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu. By all means, this match could have easily been a finale match, given that the strongest teams of Europe are facing each other, but the tournament draw was decided differently. The teams are meeting for a third Champions League draw in a row and these matches were memorable for each football fan. 

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Preview 

Real Madrid Preview

Real Madrid approaches this match with a three-match win streak with the last loss of the team in the main time was recorded at the end of September against Atletico Madrid. In La Liga, Real enjoys a comfortable advantage of 8 points over Barcelona and given the cohesiveness of the team this season, it is hard to expect any other candidate (Barcelona or Girona) to compete with Madrid. With the bitter taste of last season's semi finals defeat 4-0 at Etihad, Real Madrid is thirsty for revenge with the fans still cherishing the match at Santiago Bernabeu in 2022, with Rodrigo goals at 90 and 90+1 minutes. With all the players fit for the match (except for Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba), and favourable statistics of winning 11 consecutive quarter finals, with 3 times defeating English clubs, Carlo Ancelotti awaits his English opponents well-prepared.

Manchester City Preview 

With Pep Guardiola complaining about the schedule, Manchester City had another Premier League match at the weekend, where City managed to beat Crystal Palace (4-2). Indeed, while Real had its last match more than a week ago, the Citizens played in midweek and another game in the weekend. Aside from this, Guardiola has no right to rotate his starting lineup, given the toughest competition in the Premier League for the last several seasons. Manchester City is only third, with Arsenal and Liverpool enjoying the one-point advantage. With these considerations, City goes to Madrid, where the real quest of defending the Champions' League crown, after beating Copenhangen in the first playoff stage. Santiago Bernabeu is not the best stadium to play for City, given that the team won only once here during its last 5 visits (1 draw and 3 losses). Aside from that, another source of pain for Guardiola will be the likely absence of Kyle Walker, a key player when it comes to holding Vinicius Junior.

Betting Tips for Real Madrid vs. Manchester City

Real Madrid Draw No Bet

With the unfavourable statistics of Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu, this match is likely not the best occasion to turn things around. Given the density of the schedule of guests amid this match, as well as injuries of key defenders, it will be hard for Guardiola’s team to get the win from the overly motivated Real. Moreover, it should not be forgotten that Champions League is the most favourite tournament of Real Madrid which has been proven many times. Unibet gives 2.20 for this Real Madrid vs. Manchester City tip.

Total Goals Under 2.5

It is hard to expect that both teams will engage in the shootout in the first match, given how much is at stake. Both teams know each other very well and tactical issues will be at the forefront of the first match. Ancelotti and Guardiola know that even the slightest advantage can be decisive in the second match, and the draw is better than lose, especially when the rule of away goals was cancelled. Thus, it is unlikely that more than 2 goals will be scored. Real Madrid vs Manchester City odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet are 2.08.

Jude Bellingham to Score at Any Time 

Jude Bellingham is among the best players in Europe this season and, unsurprisingly, he is shining in the Champions League as well. He is the best assistant of the tournament with 4 assists, two goals away from the leading goalscorers, and he is ready to shine in the quarter finals. Having scored a goal in his last 4 out of 5 Champions League matches, the chances for him to be on the scoresheet are pretty high. Unibet gives 3.45 for this Real Madrid vs Manchester City tip.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.