Champions League: Analyze the clash between Real Madrid and RB Leipzig

By Ryan Corner

As the knockout stages of the Champions League unfold, all eyes will be on the first leg of the last-16 tie between Real Madrid and RB Leipzig. The match promises to be an intense encounter as the Spanish giants, who are currently leading the La Liga race, take on the Bundesliga outfit, who are struggling for form.


Real Madrid, the current La Liga leaders, have shifted their focus to the Champions League, where they’ll face RB Leipzig in a mouth-watering last-16 first leg.

Los Blancos have built up a commanding five-point lead in the domestic competition, most recently overcoming second-placed Girona. However, that victory came at a cost, with the loss of rising star Jude Bellingham to injury.

On the other hand, RB Leipzig hasn’t fared well lately, with just a single victory in their last six games. This slump has seen them slip outside the top four in the Bundesliga.

Key Players and Injuries

The injury to young sensation Jude Bellingham has come as a blow to Real Madrid. The 20-year-old was forced off after scoring the second goal of the game against Girona. He will be sidelined for several weeks with an ankle injury.

In Bellingham’s absence, Brahim Diaz is likely to step up in Carlo Ancelotti’s diamond midfield formation.

Betting Odds and Predictions

The odds favour Real Madrid, with the Moneyline leaning towards +120. The predicted score is RB Leipzig 1-2 Real Madrid.

Despite the injury crisis, Real Madrid remain a formidable opponent. Their resilience is a testament to Carlo Ancelotti’s leadership. Even when not at full strength, stars such as Vinicius Jr have consistently produced impressive performances.

Here is a breakdown of the odds:

DraftKings (USA)Odds
RB Leipzig win+210
Real Madrid win+120
Both teams to score Y/N-190 / +150
Over / Under 2.5 goals-165 / +120
Real Madrid -0.5 goals+110
RB Leipzig +0.5 goals-150

Match Details

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024
  • Kick-off time: 9 PM local (3 PM ET / 12 PM PT)
  • Location: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig, Germany)
  • Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH), VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
  • Last match: RB Leipzig 3-2 Real Madrid (Oct. 25, 2022 | Champions League)

Betting Tips

Given the current form of both teams and the injuries, the safest bet is on Vinicius Jr to score or assist, with odds of -110 (FanDuel).

With Jude Bellingham sidelined, Vinicius Jr will be at the heart of Real Madrid’s attack. The Brazilian has been in scintillating form, contributing in the Champions League group stage and in La Liga matches.

Another interesting bet is the 1H double chance on RB Leipzig & Real Madrid to win the game, with odds of +360 (DraftKings). RB Leipzig have shown a knack for scoring early goals, but they tend to falter in the second half. Real Madrid, on the other hand, excel in the second half, often coming from behind to secure points.

How to Watch

Here are the broadcast details:

CountryTV ChannelStreaming Service
USATUDN, UniMasFubo USA, Paramount+
CanadaDAZN Canada
UKTNT Sports 2discovery+

In the USA, CBS holds the exclusive English-language rights to the UEFA Champions League and streams every match on Paramount+. Spanish-language broadcasts are available on TUDN and UniMas, both of which can be streamed on Fubo.

In Canada, the rights to the UEFA Champions League are held by DAZN, which streams every match in the competition. In the UK, TNT Sports (formerly BT Sport) will show the match on TNT Sports 2, with streaming available on discovery+.


This Champions League clash between Real Madrid and RB Leipzig promises to be an exciting encounter. While Real Madrid are the favourites, RB Leipzig could surprise everyone as they did in their last meeting. As the game approaches, fans and punters around the world will be eager to see which team will emerge victorious.

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