Real Madrid vs Man City Bet Builder Tips: Bellingham & Vini Jr. star in 6/1 #PickYourPunt

 | April 08 | 

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The stars will be out in full force at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night as Real Madrid and Manchester City go head-to-head in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie, which will be shown live on TNT Sports 2 (KO, 20:00). Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Jr. will expect to be front and centre as the hosts look to take a lead to Manchester next Wednesday.

The English side are reigning champions though, and can draw on their experience of the Spanish capital last season when they left with a 1-1 draw before winning 4-0 on home turf to advance into the final. Ahead of this midweek match in Madrid, we have listed our Real Madrid vs Man City bet builder tips which can be used in a 6/1 #PickYourPunt with Betfred.

Real Madrid vs Man City Bet Builder Tips

  • Real Madrid or draw
  • Daniel Carvajal carded
  • Jude Bellingham 2+ shots
  • Vinicius Jr. 2+ shots

#PickYourPunt pays @ 6/1

Real Madrid or draw

The last time these sides met, Los Blancos were thrashed four goals to nil at the Etihad Stadium. However, Man City have failed to win on their last two visits to the Santiago Bernabeu, losing 3-1 after extra time in May 2022 before playing out a 1-1 draw a year later.

It's also fair to say that Real Madrid are in a healthier position than last year, when they were well off the pace in the La Liga title race, eventually finishing 10 points behind champions Barcelona. The signing of Bellingham last summer has reinvigorated Carlo Ancelotti's side, with the England international's 16 league goals a major reason as to why they have lost just once in 30 games.

That defeat came all the way back in September, when they lost the Madrid derby 3-1 to Atletico. Los Colchoneros are actually the only side to have beaten the 14-time Champions League winners in regulation time across all competitions this season (Atletico also won 4-2 after extra time in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals in January).

Neither of those defeats came at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid have won 16 and drawn three of their 19 games.

City, meanwhile, haven't looked quite as menacing as the previous campaign when they won the treble, particularly away from home. Pep Guardiola's side have already lost at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Newcastle United, and Tuesday could be an equally tough assignment in Madrid.

The insurance of double chance is probably wise, though, given City are unbeaten in their last 25 games, in which they have drawn four. That wouldn't be a bad result for the visitors, who will be confident of repeating last year's feat at the Etihad in the reverse fixture next week.

Daniel Carvajal carded

Real Madrid have four players at risk of suspension heading into Tuesday night, but Dani Carvajal isn't one of them. So while Bellingham, Vini Jr., Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni will have to be careful in order to ensure their availability for the return leg in England, Carvajal can play his normal game and get stuck into the opposition.

The Spaniard's chances of a card will be increased if Guardiola selects Jack Grealish on the left-hand side, where he would be in direct competition against the Real Madrid right-back. Grealish has failed to live up to expectations since his major-money move from Aston Villa in 2021 but one thing's for certain - he's a foul merchant.

Grealish suffered 32 fouls in 936 minutes played in the Champions League last season - more than any other player in the competition, and it worked out as a foul every 29.3 minutes.

Carvajal was booked when these sides last met and was also shown a yellow at the Bernabeu in the previous year - his ageing legs could be severely tested again by the likes of Grealish, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland on Tuesday.

Jude Bellingham 2+ shots

Arguably the best player in Europe so far this season, Bellingham has scored four goals in six Champions League appearances for Real Madrid, averaging 3.2 shots per game.

City are likely to pose a much tougher test than their previous opponents this season - Union Berlin, Napoli, Braga and RB Leipzig - but at home, the onus is on Real Madrid to impose their game and give the fans something to shout about, so I expect Bellingham to keep up the shots on Tuesday.

Vinicius Jr. 2+ shots

Just like his good friend Bellingham, Vinicius Jr. hasn't been shy in shooting in the Champions League. The Brazilian averages three shots per game in Europe's elite club competition, scoring three times.

I'd expect the 23-year-old to play the entire 90-plus minutes in midweek - just like Bellingham - so mustering at least two shots at goal feels realistic.

Check out the rest of our Football Betting Tips here.

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