Although they may be topping the La Liga charts, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are on the ropes against the Premier League centurions ahead of their second-leg Champions League knockout tie.
Los Blancos need to come up with the goods on English turf and save their European campaign, having allowed this week’s opposition to peg them back with two goals. Yet the odds, just like our Man City vs Real Madrid predictions and tips, are very much in the host’s favor.
Take a read of our forecast below…
Man City vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Guardiola’s men were expected to feel the full brunt of a schedule that saw them face top-four rivals Leicester City, La Liga giants Real Madrid, and Carabao Cup finalists Aston Villa in the space of eight days.
And yet the Citizens emerged from that period with three wins, including a compelling display against this Tuesday’s visitors in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie.
It was an intriguing choice of starting XI from Guardiola, who rested the likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling, with Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan, fielded in as two false-nines. While this particular tactic didn’t produce much on the attacking forefront, it did the intended job: nullifying the Madrid counter
What followed, through the introduction of Pep’s benched stars, was a masterclass from the Citizens who frustrated the Los Blancos back four into conceding twice.
Gabriel Jesus was the first to net after Isco’s first-half opener, profiting off another sterling pass from Raheem – the latter was in the limelight for the second, adding further cause for concern for Zidane and co.
While a repeat of tactics isn’t a part of our Man City vs Real Madrid predictions, there is every chance that Guardiola will field in another stringent midfield pairing and play on the counter to tease out Zidane’s defense into slipping up.
Man City vs Real Madrid Head-To-Head
- 26th February 2020: Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City
- 4th May 2016: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester City
- 26th April 2016: Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid
- 21st November 2012: Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid
- 18th September 2012: Real Madrid 3-2 Manchester City
The majority of the results in previous games of this fixture have been edged by Madrid. But the tetchy nature of these games does support our Man City vs Real Madrid predictions, forecasting a narrow win for the Citizens this Tuesday.
Man City Team News
Just like his opposite number, Guardiola has his fair share of injury concerns to address ahead of the clash on home turf next week.
Leading the charge is cult-hero Aguero who picked up a minor knee injury in the Carabao Cup final victory against Aston Villa.
The more alarming omission, however, is that of Aymeric Laporte. The Frenchman only recently returned to action, only to be sidelined once again with a thigh injury in the first leg at the Bernabeu; Guardiola has since confirmed that the center-back could be out for three weeks at the very least.
Without him, the Madrid defense will be taking aim at a suspect John Stones, and potential Fernandinho central defensive pairing.
Real Madrid Team News
Zidane’s current injury crisis has taken a turn for the worse after news emerged that Hazard, who limped off against Levante last season complaining of ankle pain, had fractured the same area and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Joining him on the sidelines is Marco Asensio, a long-time absentee, who will also be unavailable to feature come this March’s second leg.
Fortunately, there is some news that’ll rouse Los Blancos fans from our grim Man City vs Real Madrid predictions, concerning the return of Rodrygo – Madrid’s up and coming defender-cum-attacker who returns from the suspension that saw him miss the victory over crosstown rivals Barcelona.
Rodrygo’s return will be a compelling one, and he should claim a place in the starting XI, considering City’s inability to deal with pace against a high-lying back four.
Man City vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Guardiola’s men are emerging as strong betting contenders in our Man City vs Real Madrid predictions, wagering as 4/7 favorites to win and qualify. Meanwhile, Los Blancos aren’t in good favor with the betting tipsters, weighing in as 4/1 outsiders, with their chances of progressing to the latter stages of the tournament waning.
If there’s anyone to put good money on, with the kind of form the Carabao Cup winners are in, it’s clear that City have the goods to deliver a defeat to Zidane and his men.