Real Madrid Vs Manchester City Preview – Team news, keys stats and probable starting line-ups


La Liga plans to return
The higher-ups of Spanish top-flight hope that the league will restart on 12 June. (Image Credit: imago images / Alterphotos)

In contrast to their guests who will be arriving into this game with a win on their back, Los Blancos fell to an uncharacteristic defeat to Levante at the weekend.

Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that his Real Madrid side put their weekend’s loss to Levante behind them with a victory against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

Los Blancos fell to an uncharacteristic defeat at the weekend as several key chances missed by the likes of Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema condemned them to their first league defeat in over four months and allowed Barcelona to replace them at the top of the La Liga table.

The opposite was true for the reigning Premier League champions as they defeated a dangerous-looking Leicester City side to strengthen their grip on 2nd place in the table as well as record back to back victories for the first time in a month.

However, the difference in the immediate form of both sides notwithstanding, the history of Real Madrid in this competition means that Guardiola wouldn’t need to tell his men the scale of the task they’d be facing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Man City star suffers injury on national duty
Sterling has 2 goals in 7 Premier League starts this season (Image Copyright: imago images James Wilson / Sportimage)
After it was confirmed that he suffered a distal fibula fracture during his side’s Saturday’s defeat to Levante, Eden Hazard once again faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The former Chelsea winger had only recently returned from an injury that had kept him out of action since late November. His latest lay-off means that the 27-year-old is going to miss this weekend’s El Clasico and all the other games leading to next month’s clash with Espanyol which is going to take place on 21st or 22nd April.

Marco Asensio also remains unavailable for this game due to the severe knee injury that he picked up before the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Wales international Gareth Bale, who missed out on the weekend due to a sickness bug, also remains a major doubt.

The Premier League side has no injury concerns as they’d take a fully fit squad to the Spanish capital. Though Guardiola does face a late decision on whether to include Raheem Sterling in his side’s traveling contingent after the England international returned from an injury that kept him out of action for the last three weeks.

Man City left-back Ferland Mendy might be targeted by the Real Madrid players as the former AS-Monaco full-back is one yellow card away from a suspension that would rule him out from the 2nd leg of this tie that is going to take place in the middle of March.

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Ever since City’s fortunes were turned by their takeover by their UAE-based owners in 2008, they have locked horns with Real Madrid four times in the UEFA Champions League.

The first of those four clashes happened in the group stages of the 2012/13 Champions League. The Spanish giants won the home fixture 3-2 before drawing 1-1 at the Etihad stadium.

The next time both these sides met each other was in the quarter-final stage of the 2016/17 Champions League. It proved to be a tedious affair as, after sharing a goalless first leg at City’s home ground, Madrid carried the day by winning 1-0 at their home turf.

Predicted Real Madrid line-up vs Manchester City : Courtois; Carjaval, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos; Vinicius, Benzema

Predicted Manchester City line-up vs Real Madrid : Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez; Bernardo Silva, Aguero

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