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Real Madrid vs Man City: Champions League preview


Real Madrid vs Man City: Champions League preview

Pep Guardiola’s side remain on course for a treble but face their biggest test to that idea possible as they head to the European champions.

Madrid, of course, beat City at this stage last year on their way to a 14th European crown in the most dramatic of fashions.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team are the acid test in Europe. Something about this competition brings out the best in them, even if LaLiga form has slightly dipped of late.

Still, City now have a certain Erling Haaland in their ranks. Enjoying a remarkable debut campaign in England, the Norway forward was signed for nights like this.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Real Madrid vs Man City is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Tuesday 9 May, 2023.

The Santiago Bernabeu will host.

Where to watch Real Madrid vs Manchester City

TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch via the website or app.

LIVE coverage: Follow the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City team news

Ferland Mendy is missing for Madrid, while Eder Militao is suspended. In his place, David Alaba will partner Antonio Rudiger in central defence with Nacho Fernandez at left-back.

Elsewhere, Eduardo Camavinga will play alongside Luka Modric – who has been passed fit to play – and Toni Kroos in midfield and Federico Valverde is likely to form part of the front three with Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr.

Major boost: De Bruyne is fit for Manchester City but Ake misses out

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City, meanwhile, will be without Nathan Ake as the Dutchman has not travelled to Spain.

In more positive news, City welcomed back Kevin De Bruyne for the win on Saturday in a major boost for Guardiola.

Real Madrid vs Manchester City prediction

It would be foolish to write Madrid off in this competition but this feels like a different City. So strong, so structured and so dangerous, they should have enough.

Manchester City to 2-1.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

Real Madrid wins: 3

Draws: 2

Manchester City wins: 3

Real Madrid vs Manchester City match odds

Real Madrid to win: 23/10

Draw: 13/5

Manchester City to win: 23/20

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

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