Real Madrid vs Manchester City Prediction: Champions League Match on 26.02.2020
The match that most neutrals were looking forward to when the Champions League draw was made takes place this week, as Manchester City will travel to Spain for the first leg of their clash with Real Madrid. But, which side will take the advantage into the second leg?
Real Madrid and Manchester City will both have hopes of ending this season will silverware, but both teams will be prioritising different trophies. Real Madrid want to end the dominance that Barcelona have achieved in La Liga by winning their first domestic title in three years. Meanwhile, City will be hoping for a first-ever European success.
Pep Guardiola was brought into City to win this top prize, but the Spaniard hasn’t won the Champions League in nine years. He was unable to add to the two wins that he achieved with Barcelona during his time at Bayern Munich, and he hasn’t fared much better at the Etihad. City’s hopes of regaining the Premier League title are over as Liverpool continue to set a blistering pace, which means they will be prioritising success in this competition. Aymeric Laporte is back from injury, which will improve their defensive solidity, and they come into this game off the back of a 1-0 win against Leicester City.
Real Madrid come into this first leg having suffered a shock defeat in their last league game as they were beaten 1-0 by Levante. With that defeat, they surrendered their place at the top of La Liga, and that makes this week huge for Zinedine Zidane and his team. They face Barcelona in El Classico this coming weekend, and two defeats in the next seven days would almost end any hope of Madrid ending the season with a trophy.
Head To Head
This will be the fifth time that these two sides have come up against each other. Manchester City are yet to record a win against Real Madrid during this time. Madrid have won two fixtures, and there have been two draws. Madrid have won both of the fixtures that have been played at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid Team News
Eden Hazard will be missing for the fixture after picking up an ankle injury at the weekend, while Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic will also be missing.
Manchester City Team News
Raheem Sterling will be missing for the fixture against Madrid, while Leroy Sane will also miss out.
This should be an exciting fixture between two sides that will be hoping to go deep in this competition. The preference for the first leg would be a draw before City get the win that they need in the second leg.
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