Match Betting (1x2)

For many football fans, the plum tie of the Champions League last sixteen is the clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City. This is a mouth-watering encounter, with Real looking to strike while the iron is hot in front of their own supporters before heading to the Etihad Stadium.

We are surprised to find that the Spanish giants are trading at a best price 13/8 with Paddy Power, with Real looking to steal a first leg advantage and there aren’t many teams who leave the Bernabeu with a positive result.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm and has previously engineered Champions League triumphs, with the Frenchman hoping to get the best out of Gareth Bale and also Eden Hazard should be back from injury and ready to cause torment for a City defence that hasn’t always looked watertight.

However, Pep Guardiola will be focused hard on this fixture and we know that Manchester City are capable of producing fireworks against any opponent, with Ladbrokes offering 29/20 that they land the spoils here.

Guardiola will be happy with a high-scoring draw before getting the job done at the Etihad Stadium and BetVictor have 11/4 about this clash ending all square.

To Qualify

On a similar note to the above, we are pretty surprised that Paddy Power are prepared to offer 21/10 about Real Madrid going through over two legs.

We can’t ignore the fact that Real are arguably the best team in Spain at the moment and demonstrated this in December when landing a goalless draw at the Nou Camp which could conceivably have been a victory.

They will also delight in playing the role of underdogs against the champions of England and there’s extra spice in the fact that Guardiola has previously been manager of Barcelona and has a strong association with the Catalan club.

Nevertheless, City are 4/9 favourites to qualify and they are supreme when it comes to being an attacking force, even if their defensive capabilities are falling short while Aymeric Laporte is on the sidelines.

Asian Handicap

We are keen to visit the Asian Handicap betting market for this game as we can’t understand why Real Madrid are such a big price for this first leg encounter.

However, rather than back them on the Full-Time Result market, we’re instead going to consider them off scratch on the Asian Lines, with BetVictor going 17/16 and that means money if the game is drawn and a double money situation if Zidane’s team come through to win.

We also wouldn’t put anyone off the 11/20 about Real with a +0.5 goal start which means they simply need to avoid defeat and it should be noted that Manchester City are focused on winning over two legs rather than ninety minutes.

Alternatively, those in the pro-City camp will like the 3/1 with Unibet about Manchester City off an Asian Handicap mark of -1.

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