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Manchester City vs Real Madrid Prediction: Home has the advantage

Manchester, Beritasatu.com – After the match legs first at the Santiago Bernabeu, Spain ended in a 3-3 draw, Manchester City and Real Madrid met again at the Etihad Stadium, to determine who would qualify for the Champions League semifinals, Thursday (18/4/2024) early morning WIB.

A total of 23 goals have been scored in the last five meetings between City and Madrid, with an average of 4.6 goals scored per match. A data that guarantees that the meeting between these two elite European clubs will be exciting with the opportunity to score lots of goals again.

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Even though the two teams are said to have equal strength, what will be a plus in this match is who has the players who are fitter and ready to play.

The home side seems to be more favored in the betting market. The Citizens unbeaten in 27 matches in various competitions, since last losing to Aston Villa in December 2023.

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When it comes to matches at home, City too cool. Pep Guardiola's troops are chasing an unbeaten record at home in 42 matches. An achievement that was achieved in 1927.

The opponents, Madrid, came to the Etihad with a record of never losing in the 2023/2024 Champions League season. Los Blancos has also won its last four away matches in various competitions. In local competitions, Madrid is also still comfortably at the top of the La Liga standings with an 8 point advantage over Barcelona.

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Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham fights for the ball with Manchester City player John Stones (front) in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 9 2024. - (AP/Manu Fernandez)
Real Madrid player Jude Bellingham fights for the ball with Manchester City player John Stones (front) in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, April 9 2024. – (AP/Manu Fernandez)

However, there are facts that might worry supporters Los Blancos. Madrid was recorded as only being able to qualify twice in 10 matches in the Champions League, when they failed to win the match in the first leg.

Uniquely, the two qualifications occurred when Madrid met City's neighboring club, Manchester United in the 1999/2000 and 2012/2013 seasons. Then in the last meeting at the Etihad, Madrid was crushed by the hosts by four goals without reply.

Team Condition

Guardiola will be happy because on his list of players, the quartet of Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake are all fit and ready to play. The Spanish coach's only minor worry is the condition of John Stones, who was absent during City's win over Luton Town.

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The Citizens can mobilize all his troops at important times like now. Moreover, Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Foden have had enough rest at the weekend.

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On the other hand, Real Madrid still has players with long-term injuries, namely Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba. Eder Militao's condition is almost perfect and he played when Madrid beat Mallorca in last weekend's match.

The Brazilian player could be an option to replace Aurelien Tchouameni who is absent due to accumulated yellow cards in the Champions League season. Surprisingly, he was still included in the team that went to Manchester.

Player Predictions

Manchester City: Ederson (GK), Walker, Dias, Stones, Gvardiol, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden, Haaland, Doku.

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Real Madrid: Lunin (GK), Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger, Mendy, Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos, Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr

Chance to Win

Manchester City Wins: 58%

Real Madrid Wins: 20%

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Draw: 22%

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Prediction: Home has the advantage

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