Real Madrid’s performances have been far from convincing in the Champions League this season, and with their versatile defender Sergio Ramos suspended on Friday following his first leg sending off, Manchester City have a favourable set of circumstances to finish the job.
The Citizens were much the better team when the sides clashed in the Spanish capital back in February, and had they been a little more clinical with their 16 attempts on goal, they might have established an unassailable first leg lead.
Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring outfit have been ferociously dominant at the Etihad Stadium since the resumption of play, plundering an eye-watering 24 goals on their way to winning six out of six assignments on home soil.
We expect the Citizens to maintain their winning streak in Manchester today – however, City aren’t expected to replicate the hammerings they dished out to teams like Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich when they face a more defensively robust Real Madrid rearguard.
Los Blancos, who shipped just six goals in their final 11 games of the season, are unlikely to be overrun at the Etihad like some of the Premier League fodder torn asunder there, and while their attacking output remains modest, their record of scoring at least once in 23 of their 25 competitive fixtures in 2020 points to an efficiency up front that should allow them to make an impact on the scoresheet again this week.
With those factors considered, Man City win and both teams to score combination looks excellent value at the prices available for Friday’s crucial Champions League encounter, while our correct score prediction tips the Citizens to match their 2-1 first leg triumph.