Last Updated on May 7, 2023 5:43 pm by Erwin Noguera
The UEFA Champions League is hitting the first leg of the semi-finals, which means that we are looking at the top 4 teams this year in their search for the trophy.
Things are kicking it up a notch as we are taking our focus right into the clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid.
The Citizens took the victory over Bayern, and The White House steamrolled Chelsea to claim their spots in this semifinals.
Tuesday, May 9th at 01:00 pm ET at the Santiago Bernabéu
Real Madrid +212
Manchester City +120
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Why Bet on Real Madrid?
Proving to be Real Madrid’s two-goal hero on more than one occasion this season, the up-and-coming Rodrygo (who struck a brace to hand Real a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the second leg of the quarterfinals) made lightning strike twice in front of goal during a tense Copa del Rey final on Saturday night.
With the top-flight title almost a formality, Real Madrid will unequivocally prioritize a 15th top-level European crown in what remains of a tumultuous season, and they have only failed to reach the final in one of the previous five seasons where they have progressed to the semis (going down to eventual winners Chelsea in 2020-21).
Why Bet on Manchester City?
Even with his captain on the brink of a first-ever career hat trick in Saturday’s clash with Leeds United, there was no room for sentiment in Pep Guardiola’s mind, and the Catalonian coach made his feelings clear after Ilkay Gundogan smashed his late penalty against the post.
Thankfully for Guardiola and co, the German’s first-half brace had already done the damage, but Rodrigo cut the deficit in half only two minutes after Erling Braut Haaland- who had suffered a rare off-day in front of goal – gave Gundogan his blessing to step up to the chalk.
The ending was far more nail-biting than it should have been for Man City, but the result is a four-point lead over Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table in the same number of matches before the Gunners try to respond against third-placed Newcastle United later on Sunday.
Also with an FA Cup final in the back of their mind, a terrific treble remains a distinct possibility for Man City, who made Thomas Tuchel’s English homecoming a miserable one in a 3-0 quarter-final first-leg win over Bayern, before picking up a satisfactory 1-1 draw in Munich.
Out of the Citizens’ last 16 games in all competitions, that stalemate in Germany is the only one that they have not won, although Guardiola is at risk of setting an unwanted record of seven Champions League semi-final eliminations as a manager; his current statistic of six is the joint-most alongside Jose Mourinho.
Final Betting Analysis: Real Madrid vs. Manchester City
Man City, and Haaland especially, will be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a Militao-less Real Madrid backline, adding to Los Blancos’ recent failures at keeping the back door shut domestically.
However, if there is one thing to know about Real Madrid, it is that they are never to be written off in Europe.
A first leg that could easily swing either way should no doubt live up to the billing, and we expect the two behemoths to play out an entertaining stalemate. Undeniably a good result for Guardiola’s men before the return leg at the Etihad on May 17. Go for a 1-1 result.
Go for a draw in the Moneyline at +265. If you bet $100 at a draw with such odds you could get $265 for a total payout of $365.
Real Madrid vs. Manchester City Betting Pick: Draw