Match: Manchester City – Real Madrid Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Manchester City hosts Real Madrid in the first semi-final between the two teams in the Champions League. The clash of “Etihad Stadium” was April 26, Tuesday, at 19:45 GMT.
After qualifying for the first time in the Champions League semi-final, the team of Manuel Pellegrini is unlikely to be satisfied with just that. Chilean specialist is determined to win the tournament in his last season at the head of “The Citizens” and given that the team will not become the champion in England, the triumph in the Champions League would be a perfect ending his stay ат “Etihad”.
“Albiceleste” showed perfect form, beating Stoke City at the weekend with 4:0 in the “Premier League”. Success over “potters” them climb to 3rd in the standings after Arsenal made a misstep against Sunderland. Victory over Stoke was the third consecutive for “Citizens” at home. They beat West Brom 2:1 on 9 April, and three days later won 1: 0 over Paris St Germain after 2:2 in the first game managed to eliminate the French champions.
Now they have a much more experienced team against himself – 10-time winner of the Champions League. City already beat a Spanish team at home in the group stage – Sevilla 2:1. Pellegrini’s men have three wins, one draw and one loss “Etihad” in the tournament this season and will need to have the most concentrated to record a fourth success on Tuesday.
Real Madrid seemed necessary at “Bernabeu” to catch liability by two goals after the first leg against Wolfsburg and reach the semifinals. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick for success with 3:0 over “The Wolves” who created many headaches for Zinedine Zidane and company.
Last season Real Madrid was eliminated in this stage of the tournament after being eliminated by Juventus, but now “Meringues” are rushing to the finals. “Los Blancos” are unbeaten in their last eight games against English teams having six wins and two draws. Their last defeat was Liverpool 0:4 in season 2008/09 Champions League. A
In the summer of last year’s Real Madrid record a convincing success over City with 4:1 in a friendly match. In season 2012/13 did both teams were in the same group in the Champions League and “Whites” won 3:2 at home, but at “Etihad” winner was aired after a draw 1:1.
Manchester City scored eight goals in his last three games in the “Premier League” and Real Madrid scored 11 goals in the past three games in “La Liga” and all class players who will see at “Etihad” on Tuesday night, it will how not to bet on goals from both teams. “The Citizens” warmed up for the clash with Madrid with success over Stoke with 4:0 and the star of the match with PSG Kevin De Bruyne get a break and will be in optimal shape. Real does score three goals to Getafe without Cristiano Ronaldo so that their shape in attack is also impressive and I think we will see goals from both teams in the first semifinal match.