Manchester City v Real Madrid : UEFA Champions League Match, Team News, Goal Scorers and Stats

Published On: August 6, 2020, 6:55 pm
Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
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Date :Friday 7th, August  2020
Time: 8:00pm
Stadium Etihad Stadium
Referee Felix Brych (Germany)
Goal Scorer:

Team News

Manchester City
Manchester City will again be without Sergio Aguero due to a knee injury, while Benjamin Mendy is suspended due to the yellow card that he picked up in the first leg in the Spanish capital.

Joao Cancelo started at left-back against Norwich City last time out and that could again be the case here, while Gabriel Jesus is likely to continue at the tip of the attack.

Eric Garcia has had plenty of football for City in recent weeks, but there is a chance that Fernandinho could be recalled in central defence alongside Aymeric Laporte.

Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan should join De Bruyne as part of a midfield three, while Riyad Mahrez could get the nod over the likes of Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva to start alongside Jesus and Raheem Sterling in attack.
Man City possible starting lineup:
Ederson; Walker, Fernandinho, Laporte, Cancelo; Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez
Man City Champions League form: WWDDWW
Man City form (all competitions): WWWLWW

Real Madrid
As for Madrid, inspirational captain Ramos will miss out through suspension due to the red card that the Spaniard picked up the first leg at the Bernabeu. As a result, Eder Militao could join Raphael Varane in central defence, while Ferland Mendy should get the nod over Marcelo at left-back.

Federico Valverde could start on the bench as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have both been in impressive form since the lockdown period, while Zidane has decisions to make in the final third of the field.

Karim Benzema is a certain starter at the tip of the attack, and the Frenchman could be joined by Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard despite both players having their injury problems this season.

Hazard has only scored once for Los Blancos this term and was not involved in his side's last league game of the season against Leganes on July 19. The former Chelsea attacker has been in full training ahead of this contest, though, and is likely to be handed a spot on the left.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Militao, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio
Real Madrid Champions League form: DWWDWL
Real Madrid form (all competitions): WWWWWD

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.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Real Madrid (City 4-3 on aggregate)