Man City v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Can Sterling see City through?
The Champions League returns after a five-month break on Friday evening as Manchester City host Real Madrid in the second-leg of their last-16 clash.
Pep Guardiola’s men hold a slender 2-1 advantage from the first-leg back in February thanks to a pair of quickfire goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne.
They’re in pole position to see it through and set up a quarter-final clash with Juventus or Lyon next week, but Los Blancos won’t go down without a fight.
It looks set to be another fascinating European night at the Etihad, and it’s one we’ve previewed in our Man City v Real Madrid Betting Tips.
Real Madrid may have ended the season as La Liga champions, but City remain the odds-on favourites to win both on the night and qualify for the next round.
They’re 7/10 to record a seventh straight home win since the restart, while our traders go a measly 1/8 about them to make it through to the quarter-finals.
The visitors ended the season in sparkling form to seal a first Spanish title in three seasons, and you can be sure Zinedine Zidane will have them fired up for this.
We have them down at 10/3 inside 90 minutes, with 9/2 about them to turn the tie around and qualify for the next stage of the competition.
Neither side has shown a particular love for defending in the Champions League this season, with ten of their 14 matches combined seeing both teams find the net.
Both Teams to Score is 1/2 on Friday night, with 17/5 for Both Teams to Score and the match to end in a Draw.
Guardiola’s only real concern ahead of this one is at left-back, where the marauding Benjamin Mendy is unavailable through suspension, leaving Oleksandr Zinchenko to deputise.
Elsewhere, Jesus will continue to spearhead a front three which may include Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, while Fernandinho should retain his place at centre-half with Nathan Ake ineligible.
Real also have issues at the centre of defence, with captain Sergio Ramos suspended following his red card in the first-leg at the Bernabeu. Eder Militao will partner Raphael Varane in his absence.
Full-back Marcelo is rated a 50/50 chance which could give Ferland Mendy a chance, and up-front Zidane is poised to name an attacking trio of Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema and Rodrygo.
Jesus hasn’t set the world alight since football resumed, but he can count on a prolific record in the Champions League prior to the season’s suspension.
The Brazilian ace bagged a hat-trick against Dinamo Zagreb in November and followed that up with the opener against Real in February.
He’s 7/5 to Score Anytime or 4/1 to Score First for what would be the ninth time this season in all competitions.
The in-form Sterling is another who holds obvious claims at 13/10 as he bids to add to his five-goal tally in the competition this season, while De Bruyne is an 11/5 shot.
Zidane will be looing towards the ever-reliable Benzema, although the Frenchman has only netted three times in Real’s last ten Champions League away matches. He’s a 7/4 chance.
Elsewhere, Hazard is 10/3 to make City pay, with popular youngster Vinicius Junior available at 7/2 to score his sixth goal of the season.
Where: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
When: 20:00, Friday 7th August
How to Watch: BT Sport 1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing