Manchester City vs Real Madrid match forecast

Manchester City will take on Real Madrid at the Etihad on Tuesday evening, April 26 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. What can we expect from a head-to-head encounter between two European giants? Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be viewed at 1xbet login.

Manchester City

Josep Guardiola’s side lead the national league table with 80 points from 33 games played. 80 goals scored and 21 conceded (the least of any other club). After a brief slump (draws against Liverpool and Atletico and a relegation from the national cup semi-finals), the team have won two straight victories. The team’s leaders are in fine form, with Raheem Sterling, Riyad Marez and Kevin De Bruyne all accounting for 32 goals. Last weekend, the Citizens beat Watford 5-1 thanks to a Gabriel Jesus scoring chance.

City beat Sporting and Atlético de Madrid in the previous UEFA Champions League rounds. Algerian winger Riyad Marez is the Citizens’ top scorer in this competition, with 6 goals. The club’s sickbay is empty, but Joao Cancelo will not appear because of his suspension.

Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti’s side top the Expectation table with 78 points, 15 points ahead of closest pursuer Barcelona. Benzema (top scorer in the league with 25 goals) and Vinicius (14 goals) have scored 69 goals, more than any other team, while conceding just 29. In their last 12 games, the Moscow City side have won ten victories. However, it is worth admitting that the latest victories are difficult for the Flames: Last Wednesday Madrid CF beat Osasuna 3-1 (2.3pm), before that they snatched a 93rd-minute victory in Seville (2-3).

And there was a clash with Chelsea in the last round of the Champions League, when the Royals nearly dropped out of the tournament after a 1-3 win at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti’s overcrowded ranks also add to the headache, with Casemiro, Mendy, Marcelo, Hazard, Bale and Jovic all out injured.

Face-off

The teams last met each other in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League 1/8 final, and then the English won both matches by the same score of 2-1.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid match prediction

The hosts are rightly regarded as one of the favourites in the tournament. Guardiola’s side have been looking strong in recent matches with all the team leaders in action. “Real Madrid have had great difficulty reaching this semi-final, largely thanks to the individual talents of Benzema and Modric. There’s no doubt that the Spanish coach will find a way to neutralise them both. In addition, Ancelotti will not be able to rely on a number of important performers because of injuries. I think City will have the upper hand at home.

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