Double Chance

Some Manchester City fans will feel that their 2-1 win in Madrid has put them well in the driving seat to overcome Los Blancos and qualify for the next round of the Champions League, but I believe Zinedine Zidane’s men are being written off just a little too easily ahead of this second-leg at the Etihad.

Of course, we all know about Real Madrid’s pedigree in this competition—not least under their currently manager—while City’s record is really poor, so though Pep Guardiola’s men are undoubtedly favourites to progress, the idea that they’ve already got things wrapped up is fanciful.

City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal is evidence of their vulnerability, and while at home they’re superb, Real secured their domestic title by winning 10 of their last 11 games, only drawing the last game once the league was wrapped up with key players rested.

They also ended the season with the best defensive record in the league, although Sergio Ramos’ suspension is a huge blow to them.

However, considering City only need a draw, a Real win/draw double chance at 5/4 looks like mega value. The visitors have the personnel to beat anyone on their day, and they couldn’t really come into this game in better form.

City may well still qualify, but taking this price on offer for the double chance is the way I’m going.

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Real/Draw - 1.5pts @ 5/4