European football powers Manchester City and Real Madrid will face off in Spain on Tuesday in the two squads' first UEFA Champions League showdown of the new season.
The Group D matchup will kickoff at 2:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday from Santiago Bernabeu, where Madrid have won their last two matches against Granada and Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini's City side have not won a match away from home since Aug. 12 against Chelsea.
Here is everything you need to know in lead-up to Tuesday's massive Champions League clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid.
What: UEFA Champions League Group D
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Spain
Live Streaming: FoxSoccer2Go.com
Cristiano Ronaldo Will Bounce Back
Although Real Madrid star striker Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score in his club's loss at Sevilla this past weekend, he did manage to put three of his seven shots on goal. And nearly three weeks ago, Ronaldo netted two goals in Madrid's 3-0 win over Granada.
Despite being shut out this past weekend, I fully expect Ronaldo to find the back of the net at home against Manchester City, which has allowed eight goals in its last five matches. City goalkeeper Joe Hart has conceded six goals in just four matches in front of net this season. So don't be surprised if he lets one or two in on the road.
Manchester City Will Show Up on the Road
Real Madrid head man Jose Mourinho isn't lying when he said he believes Manchester City will eventually win the UEFA Champions League if they keep improving. The Blues are the reigning Premier League champions and boast an explosive attack, led by Carlos Tevez.
Tevez has four goals in five matches this season and has been ultra aggressive, placing nine of his 16 total shots on target. Don't sleep on the Blues' firepower on Tuesday as they have scored 12 goals in their first five matches this year.
Final Score Prediction
I like Manchester City to bring its A-game on the road on Tuesday and to push Madrid to the brink. With that said, I have a lot of faith in Cristiano Ronaldo to deliver a goal or two for the home squad. Both teams play well despite a couple of lapses in front of goal. After 90-plus minutes, nothing will be decided between these two heavyweights.
Real Madrid 2, Manchester City 2
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