UEFA Champions League: Manchester City vs Real Madrid Pick and Predictions 04/26/22

Last updated April 5, 2023

When:Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 3 P.M. ET
Venue:Etihad Stadium, Manchester

After Madrid beat Chelsea and City beat Atletico Madrid during the quarter-finals, the two teams will meet in the first leg of the 2022 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

They have met each other six times in the past 10 years, with a record of 2 draws, 2 wins for City, and 2 wins for Madrid. In the upcoming match, City is likely to win the game.

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid

The Pick: Manchester City at -200
Team:Manchester CityReal Madrid
Over/Under (O/U):o2½ -154u2½ +110

✅ Odds provided by BetMGM.

Why bet on Manchester City?

✅ City have won seven times in the Premier League and beat Madrid in Round 16 of the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League
✅ Raheem Sterling showed rapid progress with 5 goals and 3 assists in the Premier League
✅ City to win at -200

Why bet on Real Madrid?

✅ Madrid held 13 champion titles from the UEFA Champions League
✅ Karim Benzema has scored 12 goals in the last three UEFA Champions League games
✅ Madrid to win at +525

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Manchester City

City advanced to the 2022 UEFA Champions League semi-finals on aggregate wins against Atletico Madrid. The team started the season quite impressively under Pep Guardiola’s coaching. Despite a draw with Celtic and a defeat to Tottenham, it is still safe to say that Guardiola’s presence in the team brought significant changes to the team. 

In their last campaign, the team only managed to finish with 66 points. Even though the changes did not happen instantly, it can be seen that the team has more flexible tactics with more refreshed players.

City is home for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who snatched the Premier League Player of the Season title. In last season’s Premier League, De Brune managed to score 16 goals and 23 assists. De Brune will come back from injury as he’s showing progressive recovery and will likely join the team at the Etihad Stadium.

Kyle Walker, on the other hand, will not be playing due to his ankle injury. While Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gudogan get back from injury, it will be reconsidered whether they will play in the semi-finals or not.

Real Madrid

In the UEFA Champions League history, Madrid has won 13 titles. The team advanced to the semi-finals after beating Chelsea with a great attacking display. Madrid recently made a surprise by putting central midfielder Fede Valverde as the right-winger when the team still had Marco Asensio and Rodrygo Goes as options. Though it might seem like the team was making a tactical gamble, the strategy went as planned.

Another highlight from Madrid is, of course, the departure of Christiano Ronaldo. The team has not yet found any players that come close to Ronaldo, and his absence will surely affect the team.

Madrid’s strength lies in their midfield and defense, with Toni Kroos, Casemiro, and Luka Modric lined up. The team also houses Marcelo and Dani Carvajal who are known as the best fullbacks in the world.

For the upcoming match, some players will be out or have minor doubt status due to injuries, that include Eden Hazard, Isco, Ferland Mendy, and Luka Jovic. 

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