Manchester City vs Real Madrid: prediction for the Champions League fixture
Manchester City are having a fantastic season. They won 25 of their 33 English Premier League games and are leading the standings with a total of 80 points. The Sky-Blues can boast the best defense in the domestic league and have conceded only 21 goals since the start of the season. In the last two games, the City team defeated Brighton (3:0) and Watford (5:1).
Pep Guardiola's men had a decent FA Cup campaign. After cruising past Swindon Town, Fulham, and Peterborough, they crushed Southampton (4:1) in the quarterfinal. The Sky-Blues were stopped by Liverpool (2:3) one step away from the final.
In the Champions League, Man City confidently won their group before thrashing Sporting CP in the last 16 (5:0 on aggregate). In the quarterfinals, Guardiola's side prevailed over the reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. It was a close match, by De Bruyne's home goal sealed the deal for the English champions.
Today the team will be without Walker, Stones, Mendy, and Canselo.
Real Madrid also finished top of their Champions League group. In the first knockouts round, Los Blancos defeated PSG. After a loss in Paris, Real beat the French club 3:1 at home. Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick against PSG and another against Chelsea in the quarterfinals.
The match against the reigning European champions was very tough. The away win (3:1) was followed by a 2:3 loss in Madrid. Benzema scored the winner for Galacticos in extra time.
Carlo Ancelotti's men are currently 1st in the La Liga standings with 78 points from 24 wins and six draws. The closest competitor is 15 points behind them. In the last match, Real got a landslide victory over Osasuna (3:1).
Casemiro, Diaz, Hazard, and Jovic have been ruled out of this game.
The two sides haven't tied in three games straight.
In 4 of the last 5 head-to-head games, all goals were scored in one half.
This bet played in the last 3 games of the hosts.
There were no penalties in 4 of the last 5 head-to-head games.
This match is worthy of a final. Both sides have phenomenal performers and strong teams, so this probably will be a very close game. The hosts have been unstoppable in the Premier League, and Real have dominated La Liga. We expect both clubs to score in today's game, as they have in the last three head-to-head encounters.
Our prediction — both to score
Man City have a good record against Los Blancos and have a slight edge due to home advantage, but we think that Real can hold the Sky-Blues to a draw in the first leg of their semifinal tie.
Second bet — draw