Manchester City welcome Real Madrid to Etihad Stadium in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. Who will come out on top in the first battle? Don't miss our Manchester United v Real Madrid betting preview: predictions, best bets, starting XIs, boosted odds, exclusive free bets and how to watch the match on TV.
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When is & How to watch Manchester City v Real Madrid?
Manchester City vs Real Madrid is scheduled for an 8pm kick-off at Stamford Bridge (London) on Wednesday April 6, 2022.
For UK supporters, the game will be available to watch on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website or app.
Tuesday, 26th April, 2022
- 8:00 pm: Manchester City vs Real Madrid
Manchester City v Real Madrid Betting Preview
Manchester City enter this game on the back of a 5-1 trashing of Watford, courtesy of a quartet of goals scored by Gabriel Jesus. They mantained a single point adavantage over Liverpool and returned to winning ways after losing 3-2 against the Reds in the FA Cup semifinal. In the Champions League, the Cityzens have been almost flawless so far - they won 4 of their 6 group stage matches and knocked out Sporting Lisbon and Atletico Madrid in knockout stages without conceiding a goal.
Real Madrid are on the verge of clinching another La Liga title having battled past Osasuna 3-1 on Wednesday night. Carlo Ancelotti's men have a a 15-point cushion over Barcelona and their other followers, and just need one point to reclaim the crown from their city rivals Atletico Madrid. The Galacticos needed a pair of miracle comebacks to even reach this stage, with Karim Benzema starring both against PSG (a hat-trick in a 3-2 aggregate victory) and Chelsea (four goals in the 5-4 aggregate win).
The Cityzens are favourites to beat the Blancos at Etihad Stadium, with STS pricing them at 27/50. The draw is available at 39/10 with Vbet while the best price for Real Madrid to win can be found at Betfred at 29/10.Looking for enhanced odds? Take a look below...
Team News & Probable Line-Ups
Manchester City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; B. Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne; Mahrez, G. Jesus, Foden
Joao Cancelo is banned and this makes a defensive crisis worse for Pep Guardiola since John Stones and Kyle Walker are major doubts. Ruben Dias played his first full game over the weekend while Nathan Ake was only fit enough for the bench after some fitness concerns. Gabriel Jesus should retain his starting berth upfront having scored four goals on Saturday. Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez should partner the Brazilian striker, with Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish providing further options. In midfield, Bernardo Silva is favourite over Ilkay Gundogan to start alongside Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Camavinga, Modric; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Junior
Casemiro and David Alaba, who was forced off with injury last time out, will face a late fitness test to assess whether they can participate on Tuesday evening. Eder Militao is back from a ban served in the home loss to Chelsea but left-back Ferland Mendy has also not appeared on the pitch in recent weeks and is expected to miss out. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are the other absentees. Up front, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio are in contention to complete the front trio alongside Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema. In the middle of the park, Eduardo Camavinga could replace Casemiro.
Our Manchester City v Real Madrid Predictions
Real Madrid certainly have quite the knack of pulling results out of the bag, Manchester City have home advantage this week and hold a slight edge going into this game. We expect the Cityzens to exploit all their opponents' defensive frailties and post a solid win. The 3-1 could be the smartest pick in the Correct Score market, while Kevin De Bruyne is our choice in the goalscorer market.
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