The first match of the Round of 16 of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League between RB Leipzig (Germany) and Real Madrid (Spain) will take place on February 13th at Red Bull Arena. The kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 PM GMT. RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid: odds comparison, predictions, statistics.
RB Leipzig easily advanced to the play-offs. They finished the group stage in 2nd position, just behind Manchester City. To be honest, the other two rivals, Young Boys and Red Star, were too weak to resist the top two sides. Playing against Manchester City, they lost 1:3 at home and 2:3 in the away game.
In the German Bundesliga, RB Leipzig hold the 5th position, 1 point behind the Champions League qualification zone. They have won only 1 of the 4 games (3 defeats), played in 2024. The side seems to be in crisis prior to the Champions League games.
The Spanish side topped the group, winning all 6 games. They scored 16 goals, conceding only 7. They performed perfectly well in the group stage. Real Madrid are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.
The side has taken the lead in the Spanish league. They were chasing Girona for many rounds and finally topped La Liga prior to the 24th round. The most interesting fact is that Real Madrid will play against Girona exactly before the Champions League match versus RB Leipzig. Obviously, Real will have to do their best to win the domestic game, while saving some strengths for the clash against RB Leipzig. It’s not going to be an easy task.
RB Leipzig — Real Madrid head-to-head
The teams have had 2 head-to-head games. They were played in 2022. The first one was one by Real Madrid in Spain (2:0). However, the German side beat the Spanish opponents in Leipzig (3:2).
RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid prediction
This is going to be a hard game for the away side. They have a complicated schedule in the domestic league. Yet, they need to focus on the Champions League. Their fans want only one thing - victory.
RB Leipzig don’t risk anything in this pairing. If they are eliminated by Real Madrid, no one will be surprised. However, I'm sure that the German side will perform in the best way possible in their home game. I believe Real Madrid won’t be able to win the first match.