In what is one of the standout fixtures of this year’s Champions League knockout stage, Manchester City will look to gain an early advantage when they make the trip to Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
While their European future might still be hanging in the balance, the soon to be former Premier League champions did pick up a 1-0 win away at the King Power on Saturday evening and they have landed back-to-back victories since their defeats against Manchester United and Spurs.
On the flip side, while Manchester City might be looking to make it three wins on the bounce in midweek, Wednesday’s hosts find themselves in the midst of what is another sluggish patch.
Hit with what was a shock 1-0 loss away at Levante over the weekend, Real Madrid have sacrificed their spot at the top of the La Liga table after a run of form that has seen them win just one of their last four appearances across all competitions.
Although both sides might have a reputation for their expansive style of play, you might be interested to know that each of City’s last four consecutive away matches have seen under 2.5 goals and another low-scoring contest at the Bernabéu can be found priced at 13/10 with Ladbrokes.
Madrid’s sluggish February
While a bright start to the New Year may have had many around the Bernabéu starting to believe their side had really turned a corner, Real Madrid find themselves in the midst of what has been another growing crisis.
Hit with what was a stunning 1-0 defeat away at Levante and also only managing to salvage a 2-2 draw at home against Celta Vigo, Los Blancos have landed just one win in their last four appearances and have seen Barcelona leapfrog them to top spot.
Along with holding what is a worrying Champions League record at the Bernabéu after remarkably winning just one of their last five matches in the Spanish capital, Zinedine Zidane’s side have also continued to show some worrying issues at the back.
Shipping four goals against Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey earlier in the month, Madrid have now conceded six goals in back-to-back matchups in the Spanish capital.
You might be interested to know that Wednesday’s hosts can be found priced at 1/1 with Paddy Power to once again ship over 1.5 goals in midweek.
City look to make a statement
Although Manchester City might be fighting a very public battle to overturn their two-year European ban, Pep Guardiola’s side have managed to land back-to-back victories over the past couple of weeks.
With their Premier League crown all but on its way to Anfield, the former Barcelona boss will undoubtedly have the Sky Blues’ first Champions League title at the top of his agenda.
While leading marksman Sergio Aguero is likely to lead the line out in Spain on Wednesday night, the Argentinean ace has failed to find the net in his last four appearances on the bounce and Guardiola could be looking for Gabriel Jesus to once again come off the bench and make his mark.
Bagging what turned out to be the winner against Leicester over the weekend, the Brazilian striker also recorded a Champions League hat-trick in City’s 4-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb back in December.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like the 22-year-old can be found priced at 7/5 with Coral to extend on his tally at the Bernabéu on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere, after recovering from injury, Guardiola has confirmed that England international Raheem Sterling is likely to feature out in Spain in midweek.
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