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After clashing in an astonishing first leg, Real Madrid is all set to host the English Champions Manchester City for the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
Last week, Real Madrid visited the City of Manchester Stadium and produced one of the most closely fought games in recent memories. Karim Benzema once again showed his worth, scoring a brace that helped the visitors remain in the hunt for the final spot. He was supported equally well by Mendy, who made two assists, and Vinicius Junior, who came up with a goal of his own in the 55th minute.
The extraordinary comeback by Madrid means that they now play on the home turf with a single goal deficit, and will be hopeful of making it to the finals. Dusting off its Champions League loss, Madrid once again returned to form in its last outing, where it scored 4 goals without a reply against Espanyol in the La Liga, and attained an unassailable lead of 15 points over Barcelona, confirming its status as the Spanish champions.
Pep Guardiola will be happy to see all his star players among goals, with Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, and Gabriel Jesus each scoring a goal at the Etihad stadium. Despite an excellent attack, the Citizens were let down by a weak defense, allowing the Spanish attackers to cut down the lead.
Manchester City continued its winning momentum over the weekend, marauding Leeds United to a 4-0 defeat, with Rodri, Ake, Jesus, and Fernandinho coming to the party. Despite its exceptional run in the domestic league, Manchester City is still unsure of its second consecutive Premier League win, as quadruple chasing Liverpool are just 1 point behind, and 4 games still to go. The visitors will start this game as the favorites to sail through to the finals, on most football betting sites.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Real Madrid vs Manchester City Champions League 2021-22. The match is going to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, on 4th May 2022.
Carlo Ancelotti has his task cut out and will be hoping for a favorable result in front of the home crowd. However, Manchester City lands in Madrid with 4 consecutive victories across competitions, and will be extremely tough opponents.
David Alaba, who had to be taken off the field in the first leg, is likely to be available for this match and is likely to hold fort along with Nacho Fernandez and Eder Militao. The visitors on the other hand are likely to miss out on Kyle Walker due to an ankle injury, while Nathan Ake and John Stones are doubtful. Joao Cancelo makes a return after serving a suspension in the first leg.
If the first leg is anything to go by, we are likely to see another close fight, with none of the teams willing to concede. We reckon that the scores are likely to be equal when the final whistle blows.
Bet on a draw.
Given both the team’s penchant for scoring, for us, it is a no-brainer to bet on BTTS, as they have done in the previous 4 head to head games. Manchester City has scored in each of its last 5 games across competitions, while Madrid has done so in its last 8
With attack being the strength of both the teams, we can safely expect a final tally of more than 2.5 goals. Each of the previous 4 head to head games have produced more than 2.5 goals. 11 of the last 12 games for Real Madrid and each of the last 5 games for Manchester City have been high-scoring ones, seeing a minimum of 3 goals being scored. We expect a similar outcome in this game too.