In what feels like a Champions League Final, English Premier League Manchester City travels to Santiago Bernabeau in Madrid to take on Real in the first leg of a 2-leg aggregate on Saturday. Real has been anything but a power team in their La Liga matches.
But when it comes to the Champions League, Real has rolled. Will El Blanco get it done on their pitch? Or will the Sky Blues leave Spain with the aggregate lead?
See below for Champions League betting lines, analysis, and a free pick for Real Madrid versus Manchester City.
First Leg of the Champions League Semifinal Odds: Real Madrid vs. Manchester City | MyBookie Soccer Preview
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid UEFA Game Info | Updated Champions League Odds
When: Tuesday, May 9 at 3:00 pm ET
Where: Santiago Bernabeau, Madrid, Spain
Handicap Odds: Man City -0.5 +118 / Real Madrid +0.5 -151
Moneyline Odds: Real Madrid +212 / Man City +123 / Draw +255
Total Odds: O 2.5 -144 / U 2.5 +114
Why Manchester City is a Good Bet versus Real Madrid
The Citizen’s attack is impossible to defend. The attack starts with Norwegian superstar Erling Haaland, but Haaland isn’t the only player that scores goals.
Julian Alvarez has quickly become the best Argentinian forward in the world. He can make his shot and has incredible speed. If you try and stop Alvarez and Haaland, you must deal with Jack Grealish, Phil Foden, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Manchester City Last 5
- W – 2-1 vs. Leeds United
- W – 3-0 vs. West Ham United
- W – 1-2 vs. Fulham
- W – 4-1 vs. Arsenal
- W – 3-0 vs. Sheffield United
Manchester City Predicted Starting Lineup
- De Bruyne
Why Real Madrid is a Good Bet versus Manchester City
Although Real hasn’t dominated the way Man City has leading up to this match, we can’t write off the home squad. Real head coach Carlo Ancelotti has made the Champions League El Blanco’s focus.
So Ancelotti has held back against teams like Osasuna, Real Sociedad, and Almeria. In Real’s last four Champions League matches, versus Premier League squads Liverpool and Chelsea, El Blanco has dominated.
Real Madrid Last 5
- W – 2-1 vs. Osasuna
- L – 2-0 vs. Real Sociedad
- W – 4-2 vs. Almeria
- L – 4-2 vs. Girona
- W – 2-0 vs. Celta Vigo
Real Madrid Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
Man City’s destruction of Bayern Munich is a sign they are the Champions League team to beat. But although the Sky Blues looked great blasting Bayern, beating Real at Santiago Bernabeau is a much more difficult task.
Real has the type of striking power that’s almost on Man City’s level. Benzema, Junior, and Rodrygo are close, if not even, with Haaland, Silva, and Grealish or Foden.
When it comes to the midfield, Real might have an edge. Modric, Kroos, and Valverde are three of the best in the world. Goalie Courtois might be the best in the world.
So although City should be the slight favorite, Ancelotti has been gearing up for this aggregate.
El Blanco offers overlay odds to grab the first leg victory. If Real is one-hundred percent, they get the 1-goal lead over the Sky Blues.
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