It’s all to play for as the Champions League quarter-final action resumes with this week’s second leg matches, and Tuesday’s fixtures should serve up some truly fascinating drama in Manchester and Madrid.
Premier League side City will be flying the English flag and have every chance of reaching the last four following a well fought first leg draw in Paris. Meanwhile, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are tasked with the challenge of trying to overturn a first leg deficit against German side Wolfsburg.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a huge night of action.
Manchester City v PSG
Tuesday 12th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport Europe
Manuel Pellegrini’s final year at the Etihad hasn’t always been plain sailing, but if they can find their way to the Champions League semi-final, then it’ll have to be considered a successful campaign overall as they’ve already lifted one trophy and look virtually guaranteed to finish in the Premier League’s top four too.
Last week’s 2-2 draw does give the hosts a fantastic opportunity, but it certainly won’t be easy against Laurent Blanc’s visitors. Like City, the Parisians have invested heavily in trying to join the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the elite level of European competition. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and co in attack, PSG will pose a constant threat, but the French champs also know that they face one hell of a battle.
If City are to go one step closer, they will need big players to step up. Kevin De Bruyne has returned to find top gear whilst Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri will be eager to follow up their weekend goals with further joy. The hosts have often been rampant at home, but this will be one of their hardest challenges of the campaign.
Both sides have plenty of reason to be optimistic, and fans should expect fireworks from the off. Come on City, do it for England!
Manchester City v PSG Betting
Despite boasting home advantage, Manchester City are underdogs at odds of 7/4 with Bet365. Meanwhile, PSG can be backed at 7/5 and the draw is available 5/2.
If they perform to their very best, it’s hard to see PSG not having a great chance. While their lack of motivation in Ligue 1 could potentially impact, we think Ibrahimovic and co will turn up the heat at the Etihad.
A 1-0 lead would be very dangerous, but a second goal would put PSG in a great position. That’s exactly what we’re backing
Real Madrid v Wolfsburg
Tuesday 12th April. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
An early collapse at the VW has left Real Madrid facing a truly uphill battle. However, the Spanish giants warmed up with an emphatic 4-0 win and are still very much in this competition. Nevertheless, they will need a big performance to seal their progress against a very capable Wolfsburg.
The Bundesliga side might not boast the best away record this season, but the quality of Max Kruse, Bas Dost and Julian Draxler could make them a real danger on the break. An away goal would put the Germans in the driving seat as it would force Real Madrid to score at least four.
Real haven’t turned over a first leg deficit like this for over a decade but the attacking trio of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema means that they shouldn’t be ruled out. As long as they can keep things tight at the back, Zidane’s men can still hope to take another giant leap to European Cup number 11.
Can Los Blancos produce the goods or will Wolfsburg weather the storm to seal an unlikely semi-final appearance? Whatever happens, it should be an intriguing contest from start to finish.
Real Madrid v Wolfsburg Betting
Real Madrid know that they face a tough task ahead but the bookies think they are almost certain to win this second leg, with Bet365 pricing them at 1/5. If you think the Germans can cause another upset, they can be backed 12/1. The draw is 11/2.
Whatever happens, we can expect the Blancos to attack from the word go. Whilst Zidane’s side is blessed with a number potential goalscorers, there’s only one man that stands out as the prime candidate. Ronaldo absolute adores the Champions League and if Real are to progress, their star man is likely to play a key role.
With William Hill offering a refund if he scores the second, we have to take advantage by backing the Portuguese superstar to open the scoring.