Real Madrid will be looking to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat to Manchester City as they head to the Etihad Stadium. The second leg of the knockout stages of the Champions League schedules for Friday with kickoff at 10 pm.
Manchester City was in-form five months ago after registering a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu Stadium. Real Madrid will be looking to overturn an impressive season since the restart managing to clinch the La Liga title.
Things have not been looking up for the Citizens since the restart. The side had to surrender their Premier League titles to rivals Liverpool. The side went on to drop from the semi-finals of the FA Cup after an upsetting 2-0 loss to Arsenal.
The knockout stages are something Pep Guardiola is used to in the Champions League. Having failed to proceed past the knockout stages with Barcelona and Bayern Munich. However, he will be looking to overturn his fate with the two away goals making a difference.
The side fell off last year’s Champions League in the knockout stages with a loss to Tottenham. There last outing against a Spanish side ended with a 3-1 defeat to side Barcelona. With nine home wins, it will boost the Citizen’s hope for the quarter finals.
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid Head to Head
Both sides have met six times in their history with Real Madrid taking home two wins against one win for the Citizens. Here is a look at their previous encounters in the league:
Man City 5-0 Norwich City
Watford 0-4 Man City
Arsenal 2-0 Man City
Man City 2-1 Bournemouth
Brighton 0-5 Man City
Leganes 2-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal
Granada 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-0 Alaves
Athletic Club 0-1 Real Madrid
Manchester City Team News
Manchester City will be without the services of prolific striker Sergio Aguero who is recovering from knee surgery. Benjamin Mendy will miss out on the clash after picking a yellow card in the first leg. This leaves space for youngster Zinchenko to make his mark in the Champions League.
Real Madrid Team News
Center back Sergio Ramos will miss out on the clash after picking a red card in the first leg at Bernabeu. The defensive pairing for Zidane will be Militao and Varane. Mendy hopes to get a nod ahead of Marcelo.
Prediction and Odds
Manchester City has two away goals advantage and will be keeping a tight leash against the Los Blancos.
Manchester City Win
Both Teams to Score
Goals Over 2.5