Champions League Semifinal Clash of Titans: Manchester City vs Real MadridPublished April 26, 2016 by Sol FH
The UEFA Champions League Semifinal first leg matchup gets underway at Etihad tonight at 19:45 GMT.
It will be the very first time the Champions League semifinal will be played at Etihad Stadium, and although their chances are good, Man. City must face the winningest team in European Cup History. “Los Blacosare,” Real Madrid are still the favorites to make it to the final but they have two huge injuries that could lead to a first leg loss.
Both of Real’s superstar strikers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are doubtful for tonight’s match. Ronaldo was injured during their La Liga match against Villarreal needing to leave the match, while Benzema has had problems with his knee since last week’s game against Rayo Vallecano. They will both travel to Etihad, but will not likely be playing, leaving coach Zinedine Zidane with two massive holes in his lineup that could lead to a victory for the Citizens.
City are in better shape, but they could be without Yaya Toure at midfield, whom also hurt a muscle against Stoke City. Samir Nasri is questionable but he could play if needed. No players on either side will miss the match due to Yellow Cards, as the slates are wiped clean following the quarterfinals.
With Barcelona knocked out of play, the final four consists of Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. All four teams have an equal shot at making the final and are very evenly matched. Early goals in the first leg will be crucial and all teams should be looking to score in the opening minutes.
Champions League Betting
Bet365 Sports is offering very attractive lines ahead of tonight’s match, not to mention the Live In-Play props available to punters throughout all 90 minutes of action. Punters should put a wager on the home squad at 3.00 to win, while the visitors from Spain (with major injuries) are at 2.45.