Manchester City are in a fairly solid position going into the second leg of their semi-final with Real Madrid, having drawn 0-0 at the Etihad.
However, if you look at a recent trend Los Merengues have started, you willsee why Zinedine Zidane’s men should be backed to win at 53/100.
Real had made the previous five semi-finals before reaching the final four again this term and fare particularly well in the second leg.
Of those matches, they have emerged victorious on three occasions, scoring eight and only letting in one on those triumphs.
Furthermore, they are unbeaten over those five matches and only one of the draws they played out came at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The La Liga outfit’s cause will also be helped by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
In news that is sure to have spoiled Manuel Pellegrini’s day, the Portuguese star will be back in action on Wednesday night after missing the first leg with a thigh injury.
The 31-year-old is this season’s top scorer in the Champions League, having found the net 16 times, more than twice any other player, and he clearly thrives in this tournament.
Indeed, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner has led the scoring charts in the last three editions of this tournament and has done so four times overall in his career.
This has made him the all-time record goal-getter in the Champions League with 93 goals and his return is sure to worry a less than solid City defence.
Joe Hart and Nicolas Otamendi both started the first-leg as well as the Premier League outing with Southampton.
The Saints put four past England’s number one, while Otamendi was criticised for all of the first three times Ronald Koeman’s men found the net.
Ronaldo is far superior to Sadio Mane, who bagged a hat-trick in the game at St Mary’s, and can be backed to follow the winger’s lead at 14/1.