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Real Madrid vs Manchester City Predictions

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Manchester City and Both Teams To Score

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Manchester City 3-2

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Karim Benzema To Score Anytime

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Tip Reasoning

  • Man City have won their last three meetings with Real Madrid
  • Real were beaten at home to Chelsea in the last round
  • City have won their last four games, scoring 16 times
  • Benzema has scored 18 goals across his last 13 games

City searching for victory

Manchester City have won their last three Champions League matches against Real Madrid and they’re out to make it four on Wednesday night. While the Citizens have progressed from the last two rounds with 0-0 draws in the second-leg, Pep Guardiola suggested their intent will be a lot different this week.

After their thrilling 4-3 win over Real at the Etihad Guardiola was at pains to point out that his side will go for it against Real. Having drawn clashes with more defensively minded sides in Sporting and Atletico, the Citizens will find more room against a Real side who will get forward.

Overlook Real myth

There’s a lot of hype about Real Madrid heading into this one, which has been earned by their European dominance over the years. While they head into this game on the back of winning La Liga, the idea that City should be fearful looks a little overblown in my eyes.

While City could have put this tie to bed at home, their lead is a valuable one. Real are being put forward as comeback kings, but they have been eliminated in all five previous Champions League semi-finals when they’ve lost the first leg.

The Spaniards are also lucky to be in this competition. PSG were in complete control of their last 16 tie before gifting Real a comeback, while Chelsea came to Madrid last month and played them off the park. A 3-1 win in normal time put clear daylight between Chelsea and Real, but ultimately the Blues left themselves too much to do after a first-leg no-show. Through those two rounds, Real have yet to stand out as one of Europe’s top sides.

Unstoppable Benzema

As a team Real don’t look completely together, but there’s no denying they have the best striker in this tie. Karim Benzema is enjoying an incredible season, scoring again at the weekend as they lifted the Spanish title. The Frenchman has now scored in 11 of his last 13, notching 18 goals in that run.

Benzema has also scored in eight of his last nine Champions League games, scoring nine goals across his last four. While he’s not the most surprising pick, we just can’t ignore Benzema in this kind of form. Back him to strike anytime in Wednesday’s tie

City to book Paris place

Despite Benzema’s form, City are my pick to win this game and progress to the final. They have won their last four matches heading into this game, scoring an impressive 16 goals along the way. Their forward line is clicking, with Gabriel Jesus much more involved.

While Real were able to claw their way back into the tie at the Etihad, they trailed from the second minute right until the end. The Premier League champions are clearly the better side and I expect that to tell over the course of 90 minutes.

Real are obviously a tough side to stop with Benzema in such impressive form, but City’s recent scoring record suggests they can outscore the hosts. I’m going for City to win and both teams to score as my main prediction. Meanwhile, there have been at least four goals scored in five of City’s last seven, so I’m backing a 3-2 victory for the visitors.

Real Madrid predicted line ups: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr
Manchester City predicted line ups: Ederson; Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden

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