PREVIEW: UCL Semi-Finals First Leg – Man City vs Real Madrid

Manchester City host Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League 2015/16 semifinals at Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City are in the competition’s semifinals for the first time in their history and the previous best was round of 16 appearances in in 2013/14 and 2014/15; and were knocked-out by Barcelona on both occasions.

Real Madrid are in their sixth consecutive semifinal appearance in the competition, but gone past to the final only once, in 2013/14, when they went to lift their tenth title. This is also their first semi-final against an English club in UEFA competitions since the 3-4 defeat to Manchester United in 1967/68 season.

Form Comparison

Manchester City’s overall record in this season’s Champions League is 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. They are also unbeaten in the last five with 3 wins and 2 draws.

At home, City are unbeaten in their last 4 matches, with 3 wins and a draw and also kept clean sheets in the last two. Their only home defeat this season came against Juventus in the opening day of the tournament.

Real Madrid’s unbeaten record in the competition was broken by a 2-0 Wolfsburg win in the first leg of the quarter final tie. Their overall record this season is still formidable with 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in 10 matches.

The Los Blancos have a 100% win record at home in this year’s Champions League and are yet to concede a goal in 5 matches at the Santiago Bernebeu.

Manchester City: Team News

There are no major injury concerns for Manuel Pellegrini in the build up to this match. Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany and David Silva are all fit and set to start against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

Manchester City: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)

Kolarov, Otamendi, Mangala, Zabaleta,
Fernandinho, Toure,
Silva, Sterling, De Bruyne,

Real Madrid: Team News

Ronaldo is set to return to the starting line-up after Zidane rested him in the weekend clash against Vallecano.

Benzema is also expected to start  after recovering from a knock he suffered in the weekend, while Bale is a guaranteed started even if he is not fully fit.

Carvajal remains sidelined with an injury and Danilo is the automatic replacement for him in the starting line-up.

Real Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)

Marcelo, Ramos, Pepe, Danilo,
Casemiro, Modric, Kroos,
Ronaldo, Bale, Jese.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid: Head-to-Head Stats

Manchester City and Real Madrid had met only once in a competitive fixtures and this was during the 2012/13 group stage of the Champion League.

Real Madrid are unbeaten in the two meetings with a 3-2 win at home and 1-1 draw at Manchester.

Manchester City’s overall record against Spanish oppositions from 15 matches so far is 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 defeats. And at home, they won in 3, drawn 2 and lost 2 out of 7 matches. They met Sevilla in this season’s group stage, winning both home and away on that occasion.

Real Madrid’s record against English opponents from 32 matches in UEFA competitions is 13 wins, 9 draws and 10 defeats. And their record in England is 6 wins, 3 draws and 5 defeats from 14 visits.

Madrid haven’t lost a match against Premier League teams in their last 6 meetings, since the 4-0 heavy defeat against Liverpool in the knock out stages of 2008/09 season.

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