Champions League predictions, odds for Manchester City vs. Real Madrid: Can Karim Benzema hot streak continue?

The Champions League semifinals begin as four teams remain in pursuit of continental glory. 

The action kicks off on Tuesday when Real Madrid head to Manchester City for the first leg. It will be Liverpool and Villarreal on Wednesday in the other semifinal. 

Tuesday's clash at the Etihad features a club in Real that have won the tournament 13 times, more than any other, 

while City have yet to reach the summit but are hoping this is the year Pep Guardiola leads them there.  Ahead of kickoff, here are our expert picks:

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The Portuguese defender will be tasked with shutting down the guy our crew thinks is the best player remaining in the competition. 

Benzema, 34, is having far and away the best season of his career. His 39 goals is seven more than his second-best season. He's had back-to-back hat tricks in the knockout stage

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