Although Real Madrid are the rank outsiders to claim a two-legged victory against Manchester City, they will look to secure some kind of advantage against their English opponents in the first game at the Bernabeu. It’s been a happy hunting ground for Carlo Ancelotti’s side considering they have won twelve and drawn two of their fourteen games this season.

At the time of writing, Los Merengues are well clear at the top of the standings and they have conceded a measly seven goals in front of their own fans. Jude Bellingham leads the domestic scoring charts with sixteen to his name and the England maestro has helped his team to achieve great heights already this season.

Pep Guardiola will hope that Bellingham can be kept under wraps by Rodri, someone who has been highly influential for a team who have plenty of scoring ammunition. Erling Haaland is a goal getter although there’s also the fact that Phil Foden is in the form of his life right now, while Kevin De Bruyne is starting to get back up to speed.

When the teams met in the Champions League semi-finals last season, the first leg encounter ended in a 1-1 draw before a 4-0 demolition from City in the second leg. Therefore, we can expect the match to be fairly tight at the Bernabeu and perhaps the draw represents the best betting value of all.


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