Kick-off: 2000, 04/05/2022
TV: BT Sport
Real Madrid showed great spirit to only lose by one goal at Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.
However, the Blues looked much the better team for large parts of a wild night at Etihad Stadium and are still backed to advance at the Bernabeu.
We reckon 2.0 for an away win is the way to go with our opening Real Madrid vs Man City prediction.
Real Madrid Odds
Real recovered from being 2-0 behind with just over 10 minutes gone to go down 4-3 in an absolute thriller in Manchester.
Karim Benzema continued his remarkable run of goals in this competition with a double, including an audacious late penalty.
In between those strikes, Vinicius Junior sprinted clear of the City defence from inside his own half to score a superb solo effort.
“It is a defeat that leaves us alive in the second leg,” commented Carlo Ancelotti.
“We have to be better in our defensive aspect but I believe we are able to create problems for them also.
“We hope that our supporters can help us to play better and try to go to the final.”
Real overturned a 1-0 deficit when beating PSG 3-1 at this venue, but were beaten 3-1 here by Chelsea in 90 minutes before sneaking through in extra-time.
In both of those rounds, the 13-time European champions dug deep to get through some tough periods, but we fear their luck is about to run out.
Looking at the 3.3 for the Blues to prevail and both teams to score again.
Man City Odds
City were left kicking themselves for not making more of their first-leg superiority, especially after early goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.
Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva also netted, but several other big chances went begging and Real’s late spot-kick added spice to the second leg.
“It was a good game of football – both teams with an incredible amount of quality players on the pitch with incredible personality to play,” said Pep Guardiola.
“The result could be better, but now we face a good test to show our personality as a team and we are going to travel there to win the game.”
With first-choice full-backs Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker both out and John Stones suffering an early injury, City were troubled by Real’s pace out wide.
However, they had 60 per cent of the possession and repeatedly threatened to carve open the Madrid defence via slick passing and deep runs into the box.
The Blues have a great record of starting games strongly, so 13.5 for a 3-1 scoreline.
|73'||Riyad Mahrez |
(Assist: Bernardo Silva)
(Assist: Karim Benzema)
(Assist: Marco Asensio)
Join bwin today and receive up to £20 money back as a FreeBet if your first wager (3+ selections at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater) is a loser! Terms and conditions apply.