Manchester City vs. Real Madrid Champions League Betting Tips and Preview

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Champions League favourites Manchester City gear up for the visit of newly crowned La Liga victors Real Madrid in the Round of 16 decider. Los Blancos have won the competition a record 13 times and Zinedine Zidane is hoping to oversee a fourth triumph as manager. The hosts scooped the Carabao Cup but were a distant second best to Liverpool in the Premier League.

Where and when: Etihad, Manchester – 7 August, kick-off 20:00

Where you can see Manchester City vs. Real Madrid: BT Sport 1

Last time: Isco opened the scoring at Santiago Bernabéu in the first-leg before Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne turned the match-up on its head. Sergio Ramos saw red late on.

Manchester City v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview

Pep Guardiola has wasted little time in the transfer market with deals in place for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres. The Spaniard is on the lookout for defensive reinforcements with John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi surplus to requirements.

The former Barcelona boss has seen his squad fall short in Europe in each of his three years in the dugout and knows his backline will have to be near faultless to ensure safe passage to the last eight.

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There are no such issues in midfield with David Silva, De Bruyne and Fernandinho occupying the three starting roles. If City bow out on Friday it will be the Spanish magician’s final appearance for the Blues after a glittering 10-year career in England. Silva is 18/5 to net anytime, while assist machine De Bruyne is 6/4 in the same betting.

Sergio Aguero is still on the sidelines with a knee knock. The all-time top scorer for the club will be replaced by Jesus who has registered a mightily impressive 22 strikes and 10 assists despite playing second fiddle this term. The forward is 15/4 to open proceedings and colleague Raheem Sterling is 5/1 against his long-standing admirers. City are 7/10 to win in regulation time and 5/1 to qualify outright.

Travelling party Real Madrid will be without Ramos. The talismanic skipper received his marching orders during the first meeting and his absence will be felt at both ends of the pitch. Only Karim Benzema has scored more for Los Blancos this campaign and the World Cup winner will have to inspire his team-mates from the touchline.

Benzema has struck on 25 occasions and is 13/2 to break the deadlock. The former Lyon marksman is the man for the big occasion and will be partnered by Eden Hazard and Asensio in attack. Madrid are 3/1 to emerge victorious in 90 minutes and 9/2 to qualify. The draw is 7/2.

One to watch for Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez is 7/1 to register the final effort of the contest. The Algerian winger has come a long way since playing in the French second division and does not look out of place in Europe’s elite.

One to watch for Real Madrid: Hazard had a good scoring record against City for Chelsea and will be eager to showcase his world class talent after an injury hit 12 months. The Belgium captain is 9/1 to notch last.

Long shot: After scooping the league title in his second stint in charge, there can be little doubt of Zidane’s managerial ability. The legendary 48-year-old has never lost a Champions League knockout tie and won’t be phased by his team’s deficit. A gripping 3-2 outcome in favour of Los Blancos is 33/1.

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