Real Madrid closer to title defense

Real Madrid closer to title defense

Real Madrid is looking to dominate Manchester City as they meet for the decider match of their semi-finals series. Their first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, so both Real and Man City do not have an advantage here. The meeting between these two teams is a rematch of the semi-finals in the Champions League last season. During that series, it was Real who came out victorious and eventually won the title. However, Man City no longer wants to repeat that nightmare, as they aim to qualify in the finals for the second time. Real wants to inch closer to defend their title, while Man City is hoping to get closer to a possible title in the contest for the first time in their history. This meeting will be on May 18, 2023, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8), with Man City as hosts.

From the 11 matches that these two teams played, they are on an even footing, winning four games each. Under the leadership of Pep Guardiola, the hosts are actually doing well against the visitors, losing to just one of their last five. From those five matches, three of those ended in a victory for the hosts, which proves that they have the momentum coming here. As for the visitors, they are not doing well against the hosts when playing away from home. In fact, they are winless in their last four away matches against the hosts in the contest. However, expect the visitors to go all-out here, as they want to stand a chance to defend their title in the Champions League.

Real Madrid

Champions League: Real Madrid
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Domestically, Real is currently at the second place of their domestic league, with 71 points across their names. Considering their place in La Liga league table, this squad will likely qualify for the Champions League next season. Right now, their focus remains to be how they can defend their title in the contest. However, for them to do so, they need to address their issues, especially their inconsistencies this season. They are fortunate enough to have a narrow 1-0 win against Getafe on their previous match. With that, they are looking to work hard in order to get the same result and win this series to qualify for the Finals. Their qualification in the Finals is not impossible though, as they have been dominant in the Champions League in the past.

Fortunately for Real, they only have one injury concern, with Eduardo Camavinga limped off during their match against Getafe. However, it seems like he will be available in this match, along with David Alaba, Karim Benzema, and Rodrygo. Eder Militao, and Carvajal on the other hand are both returning here from their Champions League bans.

Manchester City

Champions League: Manchester City

Man City on the other hand have been stellar all season, which brought them to where they are right now both domestically and in the Champions League. In fact, they are currently sitting at the top of the Premier League league table. It was their exceptional form that brings them at the top of their league table and in the semi-finals of the Champions League. In fact, they are from a dominating 3-0 win against Everton on their last match, giving them the confidence here. Despite their dominance, this is just the third time they qualified in the semis of Champions League in their history. If they can win in this match and qualify for the Finals, that will just be their second Finals appearance in the contest. Additionally, Man City have yet to win a title in the contest, making them more hungry coming into this match.

Just like their opponent, Man City only have one injury concern coming into this match, with Nathan Ake who is still on the sides. De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, and John Stones are all returning in this match after resting in their last match.

Prediction:

Real Madrid (1.0)
Odds: -0.88
Real Madrid to win on aggregate (2-1)

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