Champions League holders Real Madrid begin their quest for back to back titles when they host Manchester City in their semi final first leg.

Madrid beat Liverpool 1-0 in last season’s final at the Stade de France for a record-extending 14th European title.

On the way to that final, Real Madrid also edged Man City 6-5 over two legs in the semi finals and they are out for revenge here.

Pep Guardiola’s side have never won the Champions League and they are having a memorable season, where they can win a treble.

City are top of the English Premier League table with a game in hand are seem to be on course to win a third consecutive title.

Madrid are fresh off being crowned Copa del Rey champions after beating Osasuna 2-1 in last Saturday’s final and will be boosted by that win.

A 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich in Germany is the only game that Man City have not won in their last 16 fixtures.

The hosts have kept clean sheets in each of their last three matches in the Champions League and have not conceded a goal in their last 346 minutes in the competition.

Pep Guardiola has lost three of his last six games against Los Blancos as a manager and will hope this can turn around to get a positive result.

There have been over 2.5 goals in the last five games between these two teams and this one is not expected to be any different.

Will Madrid get a positive first leg result or will Man City extend their winning streak? Click here to place your bet on the game.

What time does Real Madrid vs Man City start?

The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Santiago Bernabeau.

Real Madrid vs Man City team news

Eder Militao is suspended and will sit this one out as David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger start in the heart of the defense.

Luka Modric will return to the starting line-up, alongside Toni Kroos and Aurelien Tchouameni.

The dependable attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo will all start in the final third.

For the visitors, Kyle Walker’s pace may be required on the right flank and Rodri will return to the midfield.

Erling Haaland has scored 12 goals in the competition this season and he will lead the attacking line, supported by Jack Grealish and Ilkay Gundogan.

Real Madrid vs Man City head to head

These sides have gone up against each other 10 times with both winning 4 times, and the remaining two have resulted in a draw.

Real Madrid vs Man City current form

The home team have won 3 and lost 2 in their last 5 games, while City have won all 5 games – scoring 14 goals in the process.

Real Madrid vs Man City prediction

Goals are a certainty in this game, with over 2.5 expected. Though, Real Madrid are tipped as favorites to get a first leg win.

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