There’s nothing we like more than a good value free bet offering and at bet365 Sport today, that is precisely what new and eligible customers will get on tonight’s big Champions League semi-final second leg tie between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Bernebeu.
The game is delicately poised after the first leg, with Manchester City holding a slight advantage after an enthralling game at the Etihad last Tuesday night, with the home side coming out on top by a 4-3 scoreline.
Despite being second best for most of that game, Real Madrid hung around City and managed to score three times to keep themselves very much in touching distance of the current English Champions.
Little wonder then that bet365 have decided to follow up their offer on the first leg of a £5 free bet, for the same bonus on the second leg too and details of the Free £5 bet offer are outlined below, including how you can use it if you are eligible for the offer.
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We will preview tonight’s second semi final first, before we take a look at the first semi final played last night between Villarreal and Liverpool which proved hugely dramatic in its own right.
How To Access Your £5 Free Bet At Bet365
If you are eligible for the offer, then it will already be available on your account and to use it, simply log in to your account and head over to the betting section for tonight’s Real Madrid v Manchester City Champions League semi-final second leg tie.
Add either a single bet, or a Bet Builder bet to your bet slip and then open the bet slip. If you are eligible for the offer, then you should see an option to use the free £5 bet available on the game for this bet.
Check the box next to the offer to select it and you will see your bet stake change to £5. Place the bet and you have now placed your free bet on the game.
There’s no requirement to make a deposit, or a qualifying bet beforehand, if you are eligible for the bet, it will be in your account ready to use right up to the start of the game at 8pm tonight.
Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg
Real Madrid (3) v (4) Manchester City
An incredible first leg in Manchester saw the English side lead by two goals three times on the night but each time Real Madrid pegged them back to keep themselves very much in the tie heading into the second leg.
City began very quickly and scored within the first two minutes, Kevin De Bruyne heading home and they then doubled that lead on 11 minutes when Gabriel Jesus netted another goal continuing his fine run of goalscoring form.
The home side had further chances to score but on the 33rd minutes, Real got a way back into the game thanks to Benzema’s brilliant finish from Ferland Mendy’s cross. City would certainly rue those missed chances by the end of the night.
In the second half the action continued, Phil Foden’s finish put City 3-1 ahead but Real pulled one back almost immediately through Vinicius Jr.
Bernardo Silva then made it 4-2, before City gave away a penalty for handball and Benzema coolly slotted the ball home, chipping it down the middle as Ederson dived to his left to make it 4-3.
All of which sets up tonight’s game at the Bernebeu very nicely indeed.
Second Leg Preview And Team News
Real Madrid have a couple of injury concerns ahead of this game. Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard both look likely to miss out as does David Alaba, who was taken off at half time in the first leg due to an injury. Nacho will likely come in to replace the Austrian at centre back.
Casemiro though will return for Real after playing an hour of Real’s title winning victory over Espanol at the weekend, and he will slot into midfield, meaning Valverde and Rodrygo will likely battle it out for a place in the front three alongside Vinicius Jr and Benzema.
Predicted Real Madrid Team – (4-3-3) – Courtois, Carvajal, Mendy, Eder Militao, Nacho, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
City have injury concerns in defence for this game. They are short at right back with Kyle Walker still absent and Ake and Stones also injured and doubts for the game. The good news is that Joao Cancelo should be fit and Zincheko will then likely continue at right back.
The other team selection issue is purely personnel-based. Will Guardiola go with a more offensive look in midfield with just one holding midfielder, or will he opt for two? My gut feeling is that he may opt for two holding midfielders here, meaning De Bruyne plays a more advanced role.
Predicted Manchester City Team – (4-3-3) – Ederson, Cancelo, Zinchenko, Laporte, Dias, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Foden
Betting Tips For Real Madrid v Manchester City
Currently with bet365 Sport, Real Madrid are 11/5 to win the game tonight, Manchester City are even money and the draw is 31/10. Of those three options for the Full Time Result market, I like the look of City to land the win at even money.
That stems from my belief that City can hit Real on the counter very effectively and that Real defence is not as strong as it once was. As such, I would take City to land the win, but I do feel both teams will score and that means City to win and both teams to score is an option at 9/4.
A correct score bet is trickier to predict, but I think this will be a tighter game than the first leg and as such, I think City to win 2-1 at 8/1 is a solid option.
Back Gabriel Jesus to score at any time at 13/8 for a City player, while Benzema at 11/10 is the best option for Real Madrid players for the same market.
Let’s now recap how last night’s second semi final played out.
Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool (Liverpool won 5-2 on aggregate)
This game turned on its head twice in what was a definitive example of a game of two halves.
In the first leg, Liverpool dominated both halves but in the first half last night, Villarreal started like an express train. They hassled and harried Liverpool at every opportunity and when Dia scored after just three minutes, they felt the Reds were there for the taking.
Just after the half hour mark, Villarreal levelled the tie up, when Coquelin headed home Capoue’s cross and the Reds were rocking. Half time could not come soon enough for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
However, the tie then switched around again in the second half as Liverpool took full advantage of Villarreal’s team clearly tiring after the interval. Fabinho drove home through Rulli’s legs to make it 2-1 on the night and put Liverpool back in front on aggregate and then a few minutes later, substitute Luis Diaz, who had a huge impact from the bench, made it 2-2 on the night.
Sadio Mane then capped an outstanding comeback from the Reds when he beat the keeper and a defender before slotting into an empty net to give Liverpool a 3-2 win on the night and a 5-2 aggregate victory.