Kevin De Bruyne of Man City

Man City vs Real Madrid: Blues hard to oppose at home

Kick-off: 2000, 07/08/2020

Stadium: Etihad Stadium

TV: BT Sport

Manchester City are in pole position to reach the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Real Madrid 2-1 in Spain back in February.

Another exciting encounter is expected at Etihad Stadium and it must be noted that City have conceded 10 goals in five home knockout games under Pep Guardiola in this competition.

The Blues are excellent going forward, though, so 17/10 for a home win and both teams to score is our initial Man City vs Real Madrid prediction.

A Look At Manchester City’s Betting Odds

City’s season hinges on going deep into this tournament after finishing a distant second behind Liverpool in the Premier League and being knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal.

Other losses away to Chelsea and Southampton since the restart raise concerns, especially in defence, but there have been some outstanding displays at this venue.

A whopping 24 goals have been scored in six consecutive victories on home turf, including a superb 4-0 demolition of Liverpool.

After beating Norwich 5-0 to close their domestic campaign, Kevin De Bruyne said: “It is good to stay in the rhythm. There is no point slacking. We have to keep going full pace.

“Now we have got two weeks to prepare ourselves fully and we have got another final.

“We want to prepare ourselves the best possible way to be ready for that game and hopefully we can play another four games this year.”

Looking at the Man City vs Real Madrid odds, an obvious option is 23/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals.

Last Man City line-up: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Cancelo, Garcia, Rodri, De Bruyne, D Silva, Foden, Sterling, Jesus.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

Real were the better team in a goalless first half at the Bernabeu earlier this year and took a deserved 60th-minute lead through Isco.

However, they crumbled when City raised the tempo late on, with Gabriel Jesus levelling and De Bruyne then striking from the penalty spot.

Talismanic captain Sergio Ramos will miss this game after being sent off in the closing stages in Madrid, making the Spanish outfit’s task even harder.

On the plus side, Real will be buoyed by their impressive form since the restart, initially rattling off 10 straight wins en route to a 34th La Liga triumph.

City director of football Txiki Begiristain is ready for a stiff test, stating: “They’ve won the league.

“They were behind Barcelona and then they could beat them. It makes them a very, very dangerous team.”

The Whites did have a kind run-in, though, and we are not convinced they have the quality to come through here.

Let’s finish off our Man City vs Real Madrid betting tips by taking 16/5 for the Blues to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 in the multiple correct score market.

Last Real line-up: Areola, Militao, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Isco, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius Junior.

Additional stats

Last result:

MAN CITY 5-0 Norwich – Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne (2), Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez

Leganes 2-2 REAL MADRID – Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio

Head-to-head: Real Madrid 1-2 Man City, Real Madrid 1-0 Man City, Man City 0-0 Real Madrid, Man City 1-1 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 3-2 Man City

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