MANCHESTER CITY found Atletico Madrid a tough nut to crack at the Etihad but the bookies still make them heavy favourites to finish the job in Spain tonight.

I tipped under 2.5 goals in the first leg and it landed as City struggled to break through before Kevin De Bruyne sealed a 1-0 win.

The tie is on a knife-edge heading to Spain but you wouldn’t have thought so looking at the odds as Atletico are 7/1 with Paddy Power to qualify with City as short as 1/10 with McBookie.

Pep Guardiola’s men are also odds-on for a win on the night at a best 5/6 with SBK while Atletico are 41/10 shots at the same firm.

Even though Diego Simeone’s men need a goal, I can still see them sitting back and attempting to hit City on the break.

That lends appeal to most goals coming after the break (6/5, Paddy Power) and under 2.5 goals stands a chance again (11/13, SBK).

Kevin De Bruyne is the man who makes City tick and I like the 11/10 on offer at Unibet for the Belgian to be fouled over 1.5 times.

Tonight’s other quarter-final tie is pretty much a dead rubber with Liverpool leading Benfica 3-1 from the first leg in Portugal.

I’d expect Jurgen Klopp to rest some big hitters amidst a heavy schedule and that makes Benfica worth backing in the handicaps.

Betting on the Eagles at +2 pays 21/20 at McBookie and that stands a chance if the game fizzles out.

Super Singles

  • De Bruyne fouled over 1.5 times (11/10, Unibet)
  • Benfica +2 (21/20, McBookie)

McBookie bet builder

  • Combining under 2.5 goals with over 7.5 corners in Madrid pays 119/100.
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