Newly crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid host Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu for their UEFA Champions League 2021-22 semi-final second leg clash in the early hours of Thursday, May 5. The match will kick off at 12:30 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Having won the first leg 4-3, Manchester City have the apparent advantage but head into Thursday’s fixture possibly without defenders Kyle Walker, Nathan Ake and John Stones, all of whom are doubtful.
As for Real Madrid, the likes of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic might still be sidelined.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City odds for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Real Madrid: 3.20
Manchester City: 2.06
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Real Madrid vs Manchester City recent form
Both Real Madrid and Manchester City are coming on the back of 4-0 wins in their respective domestic leagues. Real, a record 13-time European champions, defeated Espanyol in La Liga while City shrugged off Leeds United away from home.
A match before their recent wins, the two teams squared off at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg, where the home team came out 4-3 victorious.
Real Madrid: W, L, W, W, L
Manchester City: W, W, W, W, L
Real Madrid vs Manchester City head-to-head
The two European giants have played a total of seven matches against each other in the past. Of these seven outings, City have won three while Real have come out on top on two occasions. Two matches ended in draws.
Interestingly, City have won each of their last three matches against Real. This includes a 4-2 two-legged win in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 season.
Real Madrid: 2
Manchester City: 3
Real Madrid vs Manchester City prediction and tips for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Last week’s contest between the two teams was a chaotic affair and one can expect something very similar on Thursday. City, who already have a one-goal advantage, will certainly be no pushovers. They will, indeed, look to attack a Madrid defence that hasn’t kept a clean sheet since the beginning of the knock stage.
The game can sway in anyone’s favour, but given the advantage City have, they will be the odds on favourites.
Featured photo: AFP / Paul Ellis