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Real Madrid vs Manchester City Champions League Preview: Betting Tips, Team News & Predictions – 26/02/2020

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The Champions League has become Manchester City’s primary objective. Especially if this is their last chance to become European champions as a two-year FFP ban looms large. They were seen as the team to beat after the last 16 draw and that remains the case despite some inconsistent domestic displays. Real Madrid have dominated this competition over the past decade. They should provide a tough test to a City side that have yet to progress further than the quarter-finals under Pep Guardiola.

Our betting preview will tell you everything you need to know about this blockbuster clash. We’ll have the latest injury updates, form analysis and the latest odds including our best bet for the match.

Real Madrid Bernabeu Stadium

Real Madrid vs Manchester City – Champions League 2019/20

Where to Watch

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Date: 26/02/2020

Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT

TV Channel / Live Stream: BT Sport have the rights to the Champions League in the UK this season. This game will be available on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport HD from 19:00 on Wednesday night. It will also be live on the app for eligible subscribers.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City – The Form Guide

The home side were shocked 1-0 by Levante on Saturday. That defeat means Los Blancos have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions. That run included a shock Copa Del Rey exit and they’ve now slipped behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race. The rivals meet at the Bernabeu at the weekend but the hosts can’t afford to look past this game.

Manchester City edged Leicester 1-0 courtesy of a Gabriel Jesus goal at the King Power Stadium. They’ve now won back-to-back top-flight games after being shocked 2-0 by Tottenham a couple of weeks ago. Trailing Liverpool by a huge margin, Guardiola’s side will have to settle for second best in the Premier League this term. More importantly, they have begun the process of appealing a two-year ban from Uefa competitions. If the punishment stands, this will be their last Champions League campaign until at least the 2022/23 season.

What is the Team News?

Eden Hazard suffered an ankle injury in the shock defeat to Levante on Saturday night. The former Chelsea playmaker looks very unlikely to be involved in this game. Marco Asensio continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. Gareth Bale missed the previous game through injury and could return to action here.

Aymeric Laporte was substituted in the second half against Leicester City but Guardiola believes the defender will be able to play a full game on Wednesday night. Raheem Sterling could return to the first team having missed the trip to the East Midlands. Leroy Sane remains unavailable for City.

Predicted Line-Ups

Real Madrid Predicted Line-up: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Vinicius Junior, Bale, Benzema

Manchester City Predicted Line-up: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Sterling, Aguero, Bernardo Silva

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Latest Odds

Madrid have home advantage but they’re not favourites to win this first leg. The hosts are a general 9/5 (2.80) chance to come out on top and take a lead to Manchester. City are 11/8 (2.38) with 888Sport to win the first meeting. The reigning English champions are well-fancied to progress to the quarter finals at around 1/2 (1.50). Real are a best price of 21/10 (3.10) with Betfair Sportsbook at the time of writing.

The bookies expect an end-to-end encounter. BTTS is just 1/2 (1.50) and over 2.5 goals can be backed at around 8/13 (1.62). The last competitive meeting between this pair saw Real knock Manchester City out of the Champions League in 2016, courtesy of a 1-0 aggregate win, sealed by a Fernando own goal at the Bernabeu.

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Real Madrid vs Manchester City Score Prediction

Neither team will want to give much away. As such, it could pay handsomely to oppose goals galore. The 1-1 correct score would see the tie well balanced ahead of the return fixture and is available at 6/1 (7.0).

Real Madrid vs Manchester City Betting Tip

This meeting of European heavyweights could be tenser than the odds suggest. Manchester City have been functional rather than emphatic in the Premier League recently. Laporte’s return has helped the defensive solidity and there could be plenty of value opposing a high-scoring first leg, especially with El Clasico on the horizon for the home side.

Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30) is a bet that landed in three of City’s group stage games and in five of their last six matches in all competitions. With Madrid without a couple of attacking weapons, this could be a more tactical affair than one might think.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 13/10 (2.30) with 888Sport

Frequently Asked Questions

⚽ Q: When does the match start?

A: Kick-off is at 20.00 GMT.

🥇Q: Are Real Madrid favourites to win the game?

A: Interestingly, no. Despite having home advantage they are priced at around 9/5 (2.8) while Manchester City are 11/8 (2.38)

❌ Q: Is Eden Hazard injured?

A: The Belgian International injured his ankle at the weekend, which could see him sidelined for a few weeks. He is highly unlikely to play a part in this match.