Champions League: Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview , line up head to head

The Champions League returns on Friday night with a mouth-watering fixture from the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City have a narrow lead to defend against Real Madrid.

Real Madrid will be looking to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit when they travel to Manchester City for the second leg of their last-16 Champions League contest on Friday night.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview

City recorded an impressive victory when the pair met at the Bernabeu back in February, meaning that Madrid have plenty to do if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of the competition once again.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Team News

Both managers have practically their entire respective squads at their disposal, although City are without the suspended Benjamin Mendy whilst Sergio Aguero remains a major doubt after having knee surgery in June.

Madrid are without suspended captain Sergio Ramos and forward Mariano Diaz is unavailable.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview

The visitors to the Etihad stadium know they must score at least twice to have any hope of making it through and Madrid have a strong recent pedigree on the road in the competition.

High-profile wins at Juventus, Paris Saint-German, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in recent years will give the side confidence, although their most challenging road trip in this season’s competition saw them beaten 3-0 in Paris.

However, this is a very different Madrid side to the one that started the season, with a newfound defensively solidity that has served them well domestically on their way to the title.

Whether they can keep a City side that racked up 102 Premier League goals this season at bay remains to be seen, especially without Ramos, but there is a resilience to this Los Blancos team which was not there in previous seasons under Zidane.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Lineup

Man City possible starting lineup:

Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez

Real Madrid possible starting lineup:

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro , Modric, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Preview Head To Head

These two sides have met on five previous occasions, with Madrid leading the head-to-head record two victories to one, while there have also been two draws.

The pair first locked horns during the group stage of the 2012-13 competition, with Madrid running out 3-2 winners at home before a 1-1 draw in the reverse game at the Etihad Stadium.

The last meeting between the two sides came in the semi-finals of the 2015-16 competition, and the Spanish giants advanced to the final courtesy of a 1-0 aggregate success.

City’s 2-1 victory in the first leg in February was therefore their first success against the capital giants.

Man City Champions League form: WWDDWW
Man City form (all competitions): WWWLWW

Real Madrid Champions League form: DWWDWL
Real Madrid form (all competitions): WWWWWD

 

 

Where to watch Man City v Real Madrid on TV:

  • UK: BT Sport 1, BT Sport Extra 1
  • US: CBS All Access
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