Real Madrid vs Manchester City predictions and betting tips on May 9, 2023
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On May 9, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Madrid) will host the first leg of the 1/2 finals of the Champions League, in which Real Madrid will compete with Manchester City. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The club took 2 major trophies in the previous season. Still, it is already clear that these successes cannot be completely repeated – instead of maintaining the 1st position in the Primera, everything “slipped” into a struggle against Atlético for the 2nd place. However, there is no tournament sense in the higher mentioned “race”, except perhaps a fundamental dispute between the neighbours. Various titles like the UEFA Super Cup are not of high importance, from “the Galácticos” point of view. There exists only one way to save the current temporada – it is possible only if the team repeats the success in the Champions League – Ancelotti took the trophy in 2022 once again. Nowadays, he and his wards have already passed 2 rounds of the play-offs. It is noteworthy that in both cases the British teams were overcome – first, in the battles with Liverpool, and then in the match with Chelsea. Nevertheless, we must remember that both opponents, especially “the Aristocrats”, fail the season.
The team can be considered the antipode of “the Galácticos”. If the Spanish grandee is constantly successful in the Champions League, then “the Citizens” cannot take at least one trophy. Guardiola was invited to the club to achieve the higher mentioned aim. Still, he established almost unconditional dominance in the inner arena (nowadays, the team is ahead of Arsenal, having defeated the opponent in a full-time duel, and has reached the final of the FA Cup), but his current wards came to the decisive round only once, and then they gave the title to Chelsea. Nowadays, having been strengthened by means of Haaland, the club was able to eliminate a couple from Germany in a more than confident way: first, RB Leipzig, and then Bayern. Still, both cases brought a defeat to the Germans at the home arena. The away matches in Foggy Albion were characterized by the victories. The German part of the confrontation resulted in a 1-1 draw.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Real Madrid was stronger in 2012 and 2016, but in 2020 it was already knocked out at the 1/8 final stage. A year ago, Manchester City won the match at the home arena. Moreover, the team led the game until the 90th minute in Madrid, but in the end, in extra time, “Los Merengues” won.
Bookmakers give preference to the guests. Still, Real is a seasoned opponent, which is able to at least not lose at the home arena (odd: 1.77).
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