The biggest Round of 16 Champions League match-up takes place on Wednesday February 26, 2020 as La Liga’s Real Madrid takes on England’s Manchester City. Both these clubs were two of the favorites to lift the title at the beginning of the season, but one clubs season will come a disappointing, and early, end.
Real Madrid enter this important week in second place in La Liga and trail first place Barcelona by two points. This is a huge week in Real Madrid’s season as they have this big match-up with Manchester City and then El Clasico on Sunday. Real Madrid are not alive in any domestic cups, so they can focus on the La Liga title race and this seasons Champions League.
Manchester City has basically entered a part of the season where there is nothing to play for in the Premier League and everything to focus on in the cup competitions. City sit in sixth in the Premier League, but trail first place Liverpool by 19 points, Liverpool can extend that lead to 22 points on Monday, and have a seven point lead over third place Leicester City. Manchester City still has this season’s Champions League to play for and also have the Carabao Cup final, against Aston Villa, and a FA Cup match-up with Sheffield Wednesday in a few weeks.
Below is my pick for the Champions League action between Real Madrid and Manchester City. All odds are from FanDuel Sportsbook on the West Virginia Sports Betting App.
Real Madrid (+180) vs Manchester City (+135) Draw (+270)
Real Madrid’s slight dip in form continued last weekend as they fell 1-0 at mid-table Levante. It looked like Real Madrid would eventually get a goal, but it never came and the hosts broke through with a stunning goal from Jose Morales in the 79th minute. Real Madrid are now winless in two straight games and three of their last four games overall. Los Blancos are
Manchester City cemented their spot as the second best team in England with a tough 1-0 road win over Leicester City. MCI dominated the game and could have won by a few goals, specifically if they could figure out how to make a penalty, but City with be content with the 1-o road win and continued momentum heading into the Champions League. City have now won two games in a row and, interestingly enough, their last six games have seen just one side score. Manchester City are the second best road club in England as they have won 28 points thanks to a 9-1-4 record.
Series History: These clubs have met six times in the past and it is Real Madrid who holds a 3-2-1. The clubs have met four times in the Champions League and Real Madrid has come away with two home wins and two road draws.
Soccer Tip: I don’t think Real Madrid can keep up with City, so give me Manchester City +135 on Wednesday.
2020 Results: 22-16