Champions League

Man City vs Real Madrid: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
A big game for both sides
A big game for both sides / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA & Juan Manuel Serrano Arce - GettyImages
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This season's Champions League semi-finals kick off on Tuesday with Real Madrid travelling to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City.

The pair previously met in the 2019/20 round of 16, where City triumphed 4-2 on aggregate, though Real got the better of City when the two sides squared off in the 2015/16 semi-finals - albeit by a single goal over the two legs.

Los Blancos come into this one off the back of four wins domestically, with the La Liga title all but confirmed. City do not have this luxury. They are still battling with Liverpool for top spot in England, though a comfortable victory over Watford this weekend will give them confidence.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of what should be an fascinating clash...


How to watch Man City vs Real Madrid on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Tuesday 26 April, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Etihad Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 1 (UK), CBS US)
Highlights? BT Sport Football YouTube channel
Referee? Istvan Kovacs
VAR?
Marco Fritz


Man City team news

Pep Guardiola has a decision to make at right-back. Joao Cancelo is suspended and Kyle Walker has been suffering from an ankle injury of late, though he should be okay to start. Meanwhile, emergency option John Stones is a doubt too.

Aside from this, City are looking in near-perfect shape with Guardiola having pretty much a full squad to pick from.


Real Madrid team news

The headline absence for Real going into the first leg is Casemiro, who still has not returned to training.

Another worry for Carlo Ancelotti is the potential absence of David Alaba, who withdrew with a thigh problem against Osasuna last time out.

Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz are also out, while this one likely comes too soon for Ferland Mendy who has only just returned to training.


Man City vs Real Madrid score prediction

On paper, Man City are clearly superior to their opponents and also boast home advantage, but you simply cannot rule Real out of any European game – particularly when Karim Benzema is on the pitch.

What is likely to cause Los Blancos the biggest issue is injuries to the spine of their team. The likely absences of Casemiro, Alaba and to a lesser extent, Mendy, will give plenty of encouragement to Pep Guardiola.

Overall, Real should be aiming to keep the tie alive for the second leg in Madrid, something they should just be capable of.

Prediction: Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

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