Manchester City vs. Real Madrid prediction, odds: 2024 UEFA Champions League picks, best bets for Apr. 17


A spot in the semifinals is on the line when defending champion Manchester City host Real Madrid in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie in the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Manchester City, who defeated Real Madrid in the semis last year en route to their first Champions League title, had their 10-game winning streak in the competition halted when they played to a 3-3 draw against Los Blancos in the first leg last Tuesday. Seeking their record 15th crown, Real Madrid won their first seven UCL matches before settling for back-to-back draws.

Kickoff at Etihad Stadium is set for 3 p.m. ET. The Citizens are -160 favorites (risk $160 to win $100) in the latest Manchester City vs. Real Madrid odds, while Los Blancos are +400 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +330 and the over/under for total goals scored is 3.5. Before locking in any Real Madrid vs. Manchester City picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine’s soccer expert Martin Green has to say.

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. In 2023, Green was profitable in multiple areas on his soccer picks, including the Champions League (+3.05 units), FA Cup (+3.07), EFL Cup (+4.47) and Euro 2024 Qualifiers (+6.30), among others. He also has been solid with his Premier League picks this year, going 21-14 (+6.92).

Now, Green has broken down Manchester City vs. Real Madrid from every angle and revealed his picks and UEFA Champions League predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Real Madrid vs. Manchester City:

  • Manchester City vs. Real Madrid money line: Citizens -160, Los Blancos +400, Draw +330
  • Manchester City vs. Real Madrid over/under: 3.5 goals
  • Manchester City vs. Real Madrid spread: Citizens -0.5 (-160)
  • MCY: The Citizens have scored three goals in each of their nine UCL matches
  • RM: Los Blancos have advanced from only two of their last 10 UCL ties after failing to win the first leg
  • Manchester City vs. Real Madrid picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back Manchester City 

The Citizens enter Wednesday with a 27-game unbeaten streak across all competitions (22-5-0) and have been even better at home, where they have gone 41 consecutive matches without a loss. Man City also have been enjoying a lengthy run of success in the Champions League, going without a defeat in the competition over their last 22 contests. The Citizens have three players in the top 10 of the UCL in goals, as Erling Haaland is tied for second with six while Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden have scored five apiece to share fifth place with three others.

Foden, who also is tied for seventh with three assists, has converted in five of his last six UCL contests, including each of the last two. The 23-year-old netted just one goal in eight games during the Citizens’ run to the title last year. Midfielder Bernardo Silva also has been hot of late for Man City, scoring a goal in back-to-back appearances in the competition. See which team to pick here.

Why you should back Real Madrid

Los Blancos also haven’t been beaten in a while, recording 10 wins and five draws over their last 15 matches across all competitions. They have been victorious in 11 consecutive quarterfinal ties in the Champions League since 2003-04 when they lost to Monaco. The club has had balanced scoring over its last five contests as eight different players have accounted for its 11 goals in that span.

Brazilian winger Rodrygo scored his fourth goal of the competition in the first leg against Manchester City to pull even with midfielder Jude Bellingham for the team lead. Joselu and Vinicius Junior both have converted three times while midfielder Brahim Diaz has netted a pair of goals. Los Blancos also have some skilled set-up men as Bellingham and Vinicius Junior are tied with four others for the UCL lead with four assists each. See which team to pick here.

How to make Manchester City vs. Real Madrid picks

Green has broken down Wednesday’s match from every possible angle and is leaning Over on the total. He also has locked in three confident best bets and is offering a full breakdown of this UEFA Champions League clash. He’s sharing his Champions League picks and analysis only at SportsLine.

So who wins Manchester City vs. Real Madrid, and where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see which wagers in Real Madrid vs. Manchester City have all the value, all from the soccer expert who has been profitable across multiple leagues, and find out.



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