The UEFA Champions League has reached the semifinal round, as Real Madrid and Manchester City meet at this stage of the competition for the second straight year. After Madrid’s magical comeback against City to advance to last year’s final, City will be out for revenge in what should be an incredible first leg. Here, we make our soccer betting picks for Real Madrid vs Manchester City.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Manchester City Moneyline (+120)|
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This game will be played at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium at 3:00 PM ET on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.
Why Bet on Manchester City:
✅ City is in incredible form heading into this match, winning 15 of their last 16 matches in all competitions.
✅ This is not the same Real Madrid team from last year, as they have reached this stage by beating two English teams on down years in Liverpool and Chelsea.
✅ City will come out looking to leave no doubt that they are the superior team after last year’s collapse in the semifinals against Madrid.
Real Madrid is one of the most successful teams in the history of the UEFA Champions League, having won the competition a record 14 times. But they come into the semifinal round as an underdog against a Manchester City team that has been steamrolling their competition of late. The question will be whether Madrid’s pedigree and history of success in this competition can carry them through, along with the great Karim Benzema.
For Madrid, the key to this match is going to be not being tripped up by City’s high press. Ball possession is typically an area where Los Blancos do well, but if they struggle to get out of their own end, it could be a long night at home for the defending champions.
Manchester City has laid waste to its competition for most of this year, putting together an especially impressive run in the Champions League. They are three wins away from sealing this competition for the first time, and are the favorites to do so. The only question is how they deal with that pressure going into the first leg against Real Madrid.
How Pep Guardiola attacks this match tactically will be interesting to monitor. Most teams play conservatively on the road in first legs at a stage like this, but Guardiola’s squad and their attacking ability make it hard to want to do that. If they do come out aggressively, City will have to be careful not to concede early and make the rest of this tie an uphill battle.