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Real Madrid v Manchester City: Prediction, Tips and Odds

A heavyweight Champions League quarter-final is on the cards on Tuesday and Racing Post's Liam Flin has picked out his three best bets for the blockbuster clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Man City were 5-1 aggregate winners over Real Madrid en route to winning last season's Champions League but a closer match is expected when these sides reconvene in the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid v Manchester City

Real Madrid v Manchester City betting tips and predictions

Real Madrid draw no bet - 1/1

Man City remain one of the most feared clubs on the continent but they are yet to be properly tested in the Champions League this season.

Pep Guardiola's side have won all eight of their matches in the competition but they only beat Leipzig, Young Boys, Red Star Belgrade and Copenhagen as part of that streak and this is a serious step-up in competition.

Last month, City failed to see off either Liverpool or Arsenal in the league and they may also struggle to come away from Madrid with a win.

Los Blancos have not lost any of their last 26 home games in all competitions, last sustaining defeat on their own turf in April 2023.

And since they were defeated by Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey back in January, they have gone 13 games unbeaten in all competitions to establish a comfortable lead at the top of La Liga.

That means they can put full focus on this match and with the likes of Vinicius Junior, who is back in the team after missing their last league game through suspension, and Eder Militao available again, Real Madrid are worth selecting draw no bet at 1/1.

Over 2.5 goals - 8/11

Punters can expect City to approach this away leg conservatively before putting their foot on the pedal in the return fixture at the Etihad Stadium.

But that does not mean a low-scoring match will be on the cards and over 2.5 goals looks a worthwhile pick.

Both teams have their best attacking players at their disposal with Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne back and firing for the visitors, while Real Madrid are spearheaded by Vinicius, Jude Bellingham and Rodrygo.

Three of Real Madrid's last five games have featured at least three goals, while Manchester City are fresh from a 4-2 win away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and the goals should flow in this one.

Jude Bellingham to score at anytime - 9/4

Huge contests like this are all about match-winners and in Bellingham, Real Madrid undoubtedly have one of the most influential players in the world.

Bellingham has evolved significantly since his move from Borussia Dortmund, playing further up the pitch and acting as a constant goal threat for Real Madrid.

His recent combination of suspensions and injury has limited his game time in 2024 but he is still Real Madrid's top scorer in all competitions this season.

In the Champions League alone, Bellingham has bagged four goals this season, having also laid on four assists in his six matches.

City are weakened at the back by the absences of Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake as well as the uncertainty surrounding Josko Gvardiol and they have conceded in eight of their last 12 games.

Real Madrid should get a fair few opportunities to pepper the City goal and Bellingham is one player who could capitalise - back him to score at any time.

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Real Madrid v Manchester City odds

Real Madrid - 9/5
Draw -
5/2
Man City -
29/20

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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