Manchester City played some outstanding possession football in the Champions League first leg last week, but in the first half, they couldn’t get a goal from their good chances in the opening half. In the Champions League, it’s so vital you take your chances, and that is exactly what Real Madrid did, with an outstanding goal from Vinicius Junior.
The exciting young super star scored a world class finish from 25 yards out which not many goalkeepers would save. Against the run of play, Real Madrid took the lead and had the better of the early part of the 2nd half, and to Manchester City’s credit, they weathered the storm and scored a superb equaliser courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Jack Grealish impressed and had a superb battle against Carvahal of Real Madrid and should both of these play on Wednesday, it will be another good match up.
Manchester City are strong favourites to make it through to the Champions League final, knowing a win of any score, will ensure they reach their 2nd final, and a chance to lift the trophy for the first time. The City crowd will be right up for it and with City’s outstanding record at home, they will fancy their ability to score first and go onto win.
Erling Haaland didn’t have his best game in the first leg, but expect him to have a big role in the second leg. Pep Guardiola will look to get his talisman into the game more and Haaland will be desperate to add to his tally.
Manchester City dismantled Bayern Munich in the previous round 3-0 at home and may have to play a patient game against Real Madrid.
One thing you can never do is write of Real Madrid who have a love affair with the Champions League trophy, having been down and out many times during last years knock-out rounds, but managed to get the job done in each of the games and then beat Liverpool 1-0 in the final.
Real Madrid will look to Benzema and Vinicius Junior to score a vital goal which can give the Spanish side a chance to win back to back titles, but with an aging midfield, this may catch up with them and the younger City side may well have enough and give Pep a chance to win the Champions League with this City side.
|Manchester City||4/7 Paddy Power|
|Draw||16/5 Paddy Power|
|Real Madrid||4/1 William Hill|
This is going to be some game and with home advantage and a superb record at Etihad Stadium, Manchester City will really fancy their chances to win and qualify for the Champions League final. Should Man City have scored early in the game last week, they could have run away with it, but you can never rule out Real Madrid.
Manchester City will need to be wary as Real Madrid won 5-2 at Anfield earlier this season, so given the opportunity, Madrid can be clinical.
However, our punters.pub first best of the day is Manchester City (-1) to win on the asian handicap at 8/5 with Paddy Power. Our view is Manchester City can get ahead and then go onto win comfortably against Real Madrid.
Our 2nd Punters.pub bet is for Kevin De Bruyne to score anytime at 31/10 with 888SPORT. The Belgian ace scored a worldly in the first leg and his class can shine again when it matters most.