Champions League betting: Manchester City to try and keep up with a rampant Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have scored at least three goals in their last five games so the City defence will have to be at their best to keep them at bay.

This is the tie of two teams who have assembled very costly squads. Manchester City’s squad costs over £418m while Real Madrid’s squad is valued at almost £470m, although, although Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo alone account for almost a third of the total.

Moreover, both have not met the highest expectations of their respective senior management considering the amounts that have been laid out. As a result, City Manager Manuel Pellegrini has already been made surplus to requirements at the end of the season in favour of the highly-prized Pep Guardiola who has already won the Champions League twice, and Real Madrid who are on their fourth manager in less than three years, even though one of them, Carlo Ancelotti, won Los Blancos the Champions League, as well as the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Current Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has a few injury worries ahead of the game at the Etihad Stadium. They are hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit despite missing Saturday’s 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano with a thigh injury. Fellow striker Karim Benzema is a serious doubt after limping out of the match in the first half.

Manchester City, reaching this stage for the first time in their history, have no such high name injury worries except for Yaya Toure who was hurt late in the Citizens mauling of Stoke City at the weekend, but was forced to remain on the field as his team had used all three of their substitutions.

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