Legendary coach and manager Carlo Ancelotti leads LaLiga power Real Madrid to Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England on Tuesday for the Champions League Semifinals first leg versus Manchester City. Real has high expectations in Ancelotti’s return to the sidelines. Will the Primera Division team take it to the Citizens in leg 1? Or will the Sky Blues show why they’re the team to beat to lift the Champions League trophy? Check out Champions League odds, analysis, and a free pick for Manchester City versus Real Madrid.
Real Madrid v Manchester City Betting Odds | UCL Semifinals – 1st Leg Match Analysis
Real Madrid at Manchester – UEFA Champions League Betting Info
- When: Tuesday, April 26 at 3:00 pm ET
- Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Why Real Madrid will beat Manchester City
Real is playing at a crazy high level. The lone loss in the last 5 happened versus Chelsea in the second leg that Real didn’t have to win. RM had built a 3 road goals and 2 goal differential lead over the Blues. Not only that, but Real bounced back from the loss to Chelsea, beating rival Sevilla and Osasuna in their last couple of matches.
Real Madrid Last 5
- W – 1-3 vs. Osasuna
- W – 2-3 vs. Sevilla
- L – 2-3 vs. Chelsea
- W – 2-0 vs. Getafe
- W – 1-3 vs. Chelsea
Real Madrid Predicted Starting Lineup
Why Manchester City will beat Real Madrid
After a 3-2 FA Cup semifinal loss to rival Liverpool, many felt the Sky Blues weren’t ready to a) win the Premier League and b) take the Champions League. But Pep Guardiola’s squad bounced back brilliantly after the FA Cup loss, blasting Brighton 3-1 and taking it to Watford 5-1. The Citizens are ready to show why they’re the chalk to win the CL.
Manchester City Last 5
- W – 5-1 vs. Watford
- W – 3-1 vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
- L – 2-3 vs. Liverpool
- D – 0-0 vs. Atletico Madrid
- D – 2-2 vs. Liverpool
Manchester City Predicted Starting Lineup
- De Bruyne
Final Betting Analysis: Real Madrid at Manchester City
Manchester City should play aggressively in this match. It feels like Guardiola is building up to a strong finish to the season.
First, he rested Ederson during the FA Cup loss. Pep is brilliant at getting his team to peak in the matches they must win. Second, he turned the screws versus Brighton. Then, Guardiola turned the screws even more against Watford.
The Sky Blues will be raring to go on Tuesday. But although Manchester City is ready to show Real why they’re the chalk to win this, Ancelotti and his team won’t just lie down for the Citizens.
Real Madrid will play a conservative, “let’s go for the draw” type match. RM understands that in this situation, a draw is a victory. If they can score a road goal, even better.
Manchester City’s aggressiveness always leads to goals. So expect the Sky Blues to win this. But Ancelotti will instruct his players to try and not lose by more than a goal, which is why Real +1 ½ is the play.
Champions League Pick: Real Madrid +1 ½