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Real Madrid vs. Manchester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
24 February 2020
Wednesday 26 February
Santiago Bernabeu – Champions League
The Champions League round of 16 heavyweight clash sees Real Madrid host Manchester City on Wednesday evening. Either one of these sides could be a potential winner of the entire tournament.
Madrid were victorious the last time the teams met in competitive action, winning 1-0 in 2016 through a Fernando own goal. That followed a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.
City have never beaten Madrid in a competitive fixture – the other time the teams met, Madrid won 3-2 at the Bernabeu and took a 1-1 draw from their visit to Manchester.
Zinedine Zidane has all but a full squad to select form with Marco Asensio the only absentee. This should see Eden Hazard starting on the left of Karim Benzema, potentially supported by Gareth Bale, Isco, Rodrygo or as part of a front two.
The treatment room remains busy for Manchester City, who will be without Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, despite the latter approaching a return from injury. David Silva should return to the side having been rested at the weekend, with Ilkay Gundogen potentially brought in to shore up the midfield.
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Pep Guardiola returns to face Real Madrid on Wednesday, boasting a strong record against them, although is facing Zinedine Zidane’s side at all but full strength for the first time this season.
Madrid fans have had to wait far longer than expected to see summer-signing Hazard at his best, but the Belgian has been gaining match fitness over the past few weeks, and should be fit to start against City. With Benzema back at his best, and even the often-injured Gareth Bale available for section, Zidane could field his superstar front three on Tuesday. A win for Madrid is 2.55, with the draw at 3.85. A City victory is also priced at 2.55.
For Pep Guardiola, the situation is somewhat different, as star-winger Raheem Sterling is unlikely to feature, although Riyad Mahrez is no poor substitute. It is in defence that City look most exposed, as Fernandinho will not look forward to the prospect of Madrid’s front three, whilst Oleksandr Zinchenko has never looked entirely comfortable at left-back.
Fortunately for the Premier League champions, their squad is able to boast the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, all of who have the ability to cause problems for any side. Manchester City may be in the rare position of being underdogs going into Wednesday’s game, but they by no means should be written off.
Karim Benzema to score anytime at 2.35
Back the forward to hit net anytime of the game, as Madrid will be looking to end a goal drought last game.
Both Teams to score at 1.52
City may not be at their best defensively, but should be able to break the Madrid defence at least once.