The second leg of the last-16 Champions League tie between Manchester City and Real Madrid takes place on Friday 7 August.
Manchester City take a 2-1 lead into the match, meaning Real Madrid need to score at least twice; and that’s if City draw an unlikely blank.
It’s an epic match-up between two of the world’s biggest clubs and Pep Guardiola would love to win it for the first time for Manchester City. But it’s Real Madrid who are the Masters of the Champions League with a total of 13 wins, including four wins in the last six years. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was in charge for three of those and would love to make it four after steering Real to La Liga success this season.
Man City are odds on to win at home but that looks short considering the class of the opposition. But while a Real Madrid win is a tempting proposition at around 7/2, over 3.5 goals is our Manchester City vs Real Madrid tip.
Real must score at least two goals to have a chance of making it to the quarter finals and they have no option but to push forward.
Their league success has been built on defence this season but, with talisman and captain Sergio Ramos sidelined, Madrid will have to rely more on their attacking threats to produce the good. That means City should also find more openings than would be the norm.
Real Madrid also have an excellent record on the road in recent Champions league seasons, defeating big teams such as Napoli, Bayern Munich (twice), PSG, and Juventus, adding more weight to the argument that they will score some goals.
Man City also average over two goals per match at home throughout the season which, potentially, sets this match up to be a thriller. I’m far from convinced that Man City will win, but the absence of Sergio Ramos makes me think Real Madrid may not be tight enough in defence to pull off the shock. But that does give me great hope that we can land our Manchester City vs Real Madrid tip of more than 3.5 goals, in a match where the winner could easily go on and lift the trophy.
28/09/2020 | Football - Premier League
Both Teams To Score (Yes)
1pt Win @ 1.68 Unibet, Betway
27/09/2020 | Horse Racing
1pt Win @ 2.25 Betfred, Paddy Power
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