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RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :February 11, 2024 at 5:04 PM
Modified at :February 11, 2024 at 5:05 PM
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Los Blancos to travel to Leipzig, Germany for the Round of 16 1st Leg

After three back-to-back defeats in the Bundesliga, RB Leipzig have found some stability. A 2-0 win over Union Berlin was realized after losses to Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayer Leverkusen and Vfb Stuttgart. After a 2-2 draw to Augsburg last game, Marco Rose’s men will have to shift focus towards the mighty visitors for a UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg bout.

The mighty visitors are none other than 14-time UCL winners Real Madrid. They had a LaLiga fixture against high-flying Girona last night. A 4-0 win meant, Los Blancos handed Míchel their second league defeat of the season. Carlo Ancelotti’s men were also the reason behind their first. Now the UCL Group C six match winners are set to travel to Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany.

Kick-Off:

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 at 8:00 PM UK

Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 1:30 AM IST

Location: Red Bull Arena Leipzig

Form

RB Leipzig (in all competitions): D-W-L-L-L

Real Madrid (in all competitions): W-D-W-W-W

Players to Watch

Loïs Openda (RB Leipzig)

The 23-year-old Belgium forward has brought all his qualities from RC Lens after a move came in for him in the 2023 summer. Most importantly the player brought with him his scoring boots. Loïs Openda has contributed 4 goals in six group-stage games so far.

Vinicius Junior (Real Madrid)

Vinicius Junior‘s game time was limited in the group-stage games. He missed the opening fixture with a hamstring injury and the last two with a torn thigh muscle. Still, in the three he managed to play, the player produced 2 goals and 3 assists. With Jude Bellingham likely to miss this game, the Brazilian will be the reliable force in the front.

Match Facts

  • Previously both teams have met twice in the UCL with both sides earning a win each
  • The Leipzig-based club made it to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group G. They were only behind defending champions Man City
  • Ancelotti’s men on the other hand finished as Group C table toppers with six wins in six games

Injury & Team News

The host side has no known injury issues at the moment. Manager Marco Rose can start with the team of his liking.

In the win against Girona, due to a lack of options, we saw an unlikely pairing of Aurélien Tchouaméni and Dani Carvajal in the centre-back positions. Natural defender Nacho’s return will come as a boost in this tie. An ankle sprain suffered in the second half last night will be the reason for concern for Bellingham’s absence in the upcoming UCL match.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 2

RB Leipzig wins – 1

Real Madrid wins – 1

Draws – 0

Predicted Lineup

RB Leipzig predicted lineup (4-4-2):

Gulácsi (GK); Simakan, Klostermann, Orban, Raum; Xavi, Schlager, Kampl, Olmo; Šeško, Openda

Real Madrid predicted lineup (4-3-1-2):

Lunin (GK); Vazquez, Nacho, Carvajal, Mendy; Valverde, Tchouaméni, Camavinga; Modric; Vinícius, Rodrygo

Match Prediction for RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid

The Champions League action is back after two months of stalling post the group-stage games. In this tie, we will see Real Madrid take on Leipzig away from home. Expect a thrilling encounter. A draw could be a fair result amidst the crisis in defensive options for the visitors.

Prediction: RB Leipzig 2-2 Real Madrid

Telecast for RB Leipzig vs Real Madrid

India – Sony Sports Network

UK – TNT Sports

US –  CBS, TUDN

Nigeria – Supersport

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