Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Date: Friday, 7 August 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Etihad Stadium.
The Spanish champions just might have bit off more than what they can chew in their match-up with the Citizens. Zinedine Zidane’s men are obviously in form, and they did beat Barcelona to the league title.
But this is just make-or-break 90 minutes, and they have to score at least twice – and most importantly, they would have to do it without their skipper Sergio Ramos at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s men know that they can end up without any meaningful trophy this season if they mess up here. Due to the one-legged format for the knockout fixtures after this one, they do stand a chance of lifting the elusive European crown for the very first time.
By the looks of things, expect Manchester City to eliminate Real Madrid this Friday, in the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two had met in the semi-finals of the 2016 edition of this competition. Then, the Los Blancos managed to get to the final, after posting an aggregate scoreline of 1-0.
- Before that, they had met in the 2012 Group Stage. Then, the Spanish team won 3-2 at home, and drew the next fixture 1-1.
- In fact, only once have the La Liga champions failed to score against this rival.
- The Citizens are yet searching for their first win at this stadium.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Pep’s men recorded a 1-2 away win in the first leg, with two late goals. Kevin De Bruyne was the man of the match with his one goal and assist.
As things stand, the upper hand goes to the English contingent. The reason being, they could afford to lose 0-1, and still could progress to the Quarters. As far as they are concerned, all they need to do is make sure that they do not concede two goals.
On top of that, Sergio Ramos is suspended for the fixture as well. Moreover, the game takes place at the Etihad, and the PL runners-up are on a seven-fixture winning run at this venue – in which they managed to post a combined scoreline of 26-1.
The visitors will be forced to go after scoring two goals, and the tactician that Pep is, he will smartly take advantage of this – especially with the absence of skipper Ramos.
Furthermore, the Spanish gaffer has a point to prove that he is better than his French counterpart, and that he can make deep runs in the CL without Lionel Messi.
By the looks of things, expect Real Madrid to crash out of the competition this Friday.
Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Betting Tips
Manchester City to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Manchester City @ 1.50 (1/2).