Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid).
A Champions-League-classic is in the making. The most successful team in the competition takes on one of the best managers of our times. Both the squads like to play giving predominant stress on offense, and quite likely, we are about to witness goals from either team.
The Big Match Preview
Real Madrid had ended their group campaign with a 1-3 win on the road against Club Brugge. The team did fail to finish at the top of their group, but still managed to complete the proceedings in style.
Meanwhile, City too took a similar route, and registered a 1-4 road win against Dinamo Zagreb, in their final GS match. With the victory, Pep Guardiola made a statement to the rest of the competitors that he’s in this to finally deliver his third CL medal, and the first one for the Citizens.
However, City have had not the kind of dream run of the previous seasons, during 2019-20. They are far below Liverpool in the EPL table, and a successful defense of their title seems improbable now.
On top of that, the club has been suspended from the next two CL seasons by UEFA, and rumors are spreading like wildfire that several players are in search for their next teams.
It’s a critical period for the English outfit, and in this time of turmoil, they need a grand win to calm their nerves.
On the other hand, the Los Blancos have stopped performing right when the crucial time of the season has started. Till the last month, they used to the best team in Europe (along with Liverpool), and boasted even better defensive returns than the Reds.
However, since then, they have conceded in plenty, have been replaced at the top of the league table by Barca, and have lost their talisman Eden Hazard to injury.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Madrid outfit hold a 100% unbeaten record against this opponent in CL clashes.
- The last time these two met in the tournament was in the semi final of the 2015-16 edition. Then, Real Madrid progressed to the final with an aggregate scoreline of 1-0. The sole goal had been scored at the Santiago Bernabeu.
- At this venue, the hosts hold a 100% winning record.
- The latest these two had locked horns was back in the 2017 International Champions Cup. Then, City recorded a 4-1 win.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Prediction
As mentioned earlier, both teams have prioritized the CL trophy as their ultimate prize this season. By all means we can count on the squads to put forth their best performance of 2019-20, this coming Wednesday.
Going on though, the scales are slightly shifted in the direction of the Citizens at present. They are desperate for a win due to the ban, and exactly as if on cue, the defensive prowess of the Spanish side seems to be under-performing right when they needed it the most.
Moreover, Pep Guardiola’s men had finished as group champions, they had scored the most number of goals in the PL so far, and even had defeated this opponent 4-1 the last time these two met.
Likely, expect the reigning English champions to do just enough to avoid a loss in the first leg, so as they could utilize the home advantage in the return leg to complete the job.
However, do understand that the match takes place at the Bernabeu, and that the hosts hold a 100% winning record in h2h matches here. They have also been unbeaten against City in CL fixtures, and are a side well known to ruthlessly go after the European title. As such, expect goals to come from both teams in this ultra-competitive fixture.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.50 (1/2)
Double Chance: Manchester City or Draw @ 1.44 (4/9).