Man City vs Real Madrid
FRI 7TH AUG 2020 – KO 8:00pm
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
On Friday night, Manchester City host Spanish champions Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League. The Citizens won the first leg 2-1, so have an advantage heading into this clash.
The Citizens endured a poor Premier League campaign by their high standards, having failed to retain their top-flight crown. However, some would argue that winning the Champions League was always the Citizens priority this season.
Pep Guardiola’s team head into this game unbeaten in eight matches in Europe’s elite competition, having recorded six wins in the process. The Citizens are tough opponents at the Etihad Stadium and are unbeaten in seven Champions League matches on home soil, having recorded six victories. They have also scored at least two goals in six of their previous seven home games in the competition.
Los Blancos were crowned as Spanish champions for the first time since 2017 this season. Zinedine Zidane’s team were deserved winners of La Liga. The club from the Spanish capital will now turn their attentions to winning the Champions League. The first leg home defeat and two away goals conceded will make that task much more difficult.
The first leg defeat ended a five-match unbeaten run in Europe for the men from Madrid. It also showed that they do still have vulnerabilities.
However, the fact that they have won five of their last six Champions League matches on their travels will give the visitors hope of turning the tie around.
Manchester City are expected to be without star striker Sergio Aguero through injury, while French full-back Benjamin Mendy will miss out through suspension. Los Blancos will be without captain Sergio Ramos for this clash through suspension. Meanwhile, Marcelo will miss out through injury and Mariano Diaz could also miss out through illness.