Real Madrid and Manchester City played to a stalemate in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal last week in England. The two move to Spain for the second leg on Wednesday at 2:45 PM ET with a spot in the finals on the line. Madrid is -230 to qualify for the finals on the futures market, while City is +175.
Real Madrid was missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo in the 0-0 draw, but despite the setback, they were the better team. Madrid is coming off a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in La Liga, and have six wins, a loss and a tie in their last eight games. Ronaldo has also been training ahead of this game and will play tomorrow.
City followed up the game against Madrid with a 2-4 loss at Southampton in the Premier League, which was on Sunday. Now they'll have to put that game behind them as they head to Madrid for Wednesday. City played quite defensively in the first leg despite their opponent missing top-scorer Ronaldo, and it will only get tougher with Ronaldo suiting up for the second leg.
Soccer : Ronaldo, Real Madrid Host Manchester City in Semifinals
Real Madrid and Manchester City are all square at 0-0 going into the second leg of their Champions League semifinal game on Wednesday, May 4.
The first match was a scoreless draw in Manchester; however, Madrid had City on the back foot all game. Cristiano Ronaldo was out with an injury, which made Madrid's dominance especially impressive. Now, Ronaldo is back in training and expected to play. The Spanish squad is -230 to qualify for the finals.
City is returning for the rematch off a 2-4 road loss with Southampton in the Premier League and has yet to win a Champions League trophy. They're +175 underdogs to qualify for the finals.