Real Madrid are not in great shape heading into Wednesday’s last-16 first leg against Manchester City. Zinedine Zidane’s side have only won one of their last four matches and have now lost Eden Hazard to another injury. They also face Barcelona in the league this weekend.
Manchester City have won two in a row without conceding since their two-match losing streak. This is Pep Guardiola’s first competitive encounter with old rivals Real Madrid as City head coach. Pressure will be on the Spaniard to deliver this season, particularly with the threat of a Champions League ban next season.
Despite Madrid’s poor recent form, do not write them off. They are big game performers in this competition as the last decade has shown. City, meanwhile, have underperformed in Europe. Guardiola will certainly take a score draw back to the Etihad.
Real Madrid– Having only just returned from a three-month injury lay-off, Eden Hazard could now miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a hairline fracture in his ankle at the weekend.
Federico Valverde is expected back in midfield and could take Luka Modric’s place in midfield. Ferland Mendy could take Marcelo’s place at left-back. Place bet on Virtual & Live games 24/7
Gareth Bale is expected in Real Madrid’s front three, while Vinicius Junior, Isco and Rodrygo compete to take Hazard’s place on the left wing.
Manchester City– Leroy Sane is close to returning to first-team action since August but won’t start here.
David Silva wasn’t risked from the start against Leicester but should come back into the side here.
Bernardo Silva may be pushed up into City’s front three in place of Riyad Mahrez.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 36 of Real Madrid’s last 40 games in the Champions League.
Man City are undefeated in their last 7 matches (Champions League).
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 5 matches (Champions League).
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