Real Madrid vs. Manchester City UCL Semis Soccer Odds Report
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Champions League-best 16 goals will be in full display when Real Madrid hosts Manchester City in a tie-deciding Semi Final matchup at Bernabéu this Wednesday. A Ronaldo-less Madrid were frustrated to a goalless draw in the first-leg matchup between these two teams at the Etihad and Zinedine Zidane’s squad will be hoping that the full fitness of their goal talisman will provide the impetus needed for Real to see off the pesky Manchester City team. Will CR7 be the much-needed difference in this game as he has been so many times in the past, or will the Citizens deliver an upset that would send Manuel Pellegrini’s side to their first-ever Champions League Final? Read on as we preview this enthralling matchup, complete with free UEFA Champions League soccer betting picks.
How To Bet The Real Madrid vs. Manchester City UCL Semifinals Odds TV & Game Info
When: Wednesday, May 4, 7.45 p.m. BST/ 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
TV: BT Sport Europe
Soccer Odds: Man City to win: (11/2), Real Madrid to win: (8/15), Draw: (18/5)
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Why Bet on Real Madrid
Despite the 0-0 draw against City in England, there is a lot of hope that Real Madrid can get the job done this Wednesday. This is based on two key reasons. First, Real Madrid has scored 18 goals in their five Champions League home games this season, with none conceded, including a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg in the previous round after the Los Merengues were beaten 2-0 away from home. Secondly, Ronaldo has been sensational in the Champions League this season, with his 16 goals so far being twice as many as his closest challengers–Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski — ahead of Bayern’s second-leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening. With such a splendid home record and Ronaldo back in the fold, you can be sure that Real Madrid will do anything and everything to win this matchup.
Why Bet on Manchester City
Unlike Madrid who managed to secure a vital 1-0 win weekend win over Real Sociedad in the La Liga in the absence of Ronaldo and other key starters, Manchester City were humbled to the tune of 4-2 by Southampton in their English Premier League fixture on Sunday. That was probably the worst way for City’s goalkeeper Joe Hart to prepare for Ronaldo, Bale and Co. The Citizens can however take hope in the fact that they’ve been pretty solid defensively in their recent games (minus that forgettable game against Southampton), so slowing down Madrid should be possible. The return to fitness of star midfielder Yaya Toure should particularly be a big boost, with the likes of Sergio Aguero and Kevin DeBruyne offering the needed spark in the striking department.
Expert Champions League Soccer Picks and Predictions
Manchester City have fought valiantly to make it this far, but the statistics and trends in this game simply don’t favor them. Not only are Real Madrid unbeaten in their last nine games against English sides in the Champions League (W6 D3), but Real’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas has kept 10 clean sheets in 11 games in his Champions League career, saving 30 of the 32 shots on target he’s faced in the competition. Added to the advantage that comes with Ronaldo back in the offense, it is safe to say that this game will be Madrid’s to lose.
Final Score Prediction: Real Madrid 3 – Manchester City 1