Champions League betting: Real Madrid favourites to go through against Manchseter CityPublished May 4, 2016
While both teams welcome back key players, Manchester City’s injury to David Silva may just be the impetus to putting Yaya Toure in the place where he thrives most.
Apart from a few late saves by Joe Hart in the Manchester City goal, there wasn’t much to excite in the first leg of this Champions League Semi-Final between two expensively assembled teams. Considering the lion’s share of the expenditure on both sides of the field was in attack, many neutrals would have been underwhelmed at the lack of goalmouth action.
Nevertheless, Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium are more likely to take more of an attacking formation, especially with the eagerly awaited return of Ronaldo to the starting line-up, and this could mean City will also have chances as they try and catch Real on the break.
If the team from Manchester is going to progress, it is likely they will have to do something no other team in the Champions league this season has done, and that is score at the Bernabeu.
The alternative is of course that a similar result to the first leg will lead to the lottery of a penalty shoot-out to decide who plays at Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in the final.
City have their own returning star with Yaya Toure expected to be fit and could replace the injured David Silva. While many Citizens’ fans will not have wished to face Real Madrid without the diminutive Spanish playmaker, this might just be the game for Toure.
He played for many years in Spain and will probably play in a more advanced role behind Sergio Aguero, where he is undoubtedly more effective going forward, even if there will be question marks about his ability to track back during parts of the game when the City defence will have their ‘backs against the wall’.