German side RB Leipzig will welcome a break from Bundesliga to focus on the Champions League. They will be hosting Real Madrid in the Round of 16 in a match scheduled for Tuesday. Three points below the top four in Bundesliga means they still have a battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League. It thus calls for a bigger effort in this season’s competition, just in case they need to qualify through winning it. Leipzig impressed in the group stages, finishing second in a pool that also had champions Manchester City. They lost to City in both legs and here=, facing another giant, they’ll hope for a better run. Lois Openda did well in the groups, scoring four times and he is carrying the same great form here. The forward has five goals in Leipzig’s last six matches and will be key for them here. Benjamin Sesko has also been in inspiring form ahead of this game. The two forwards are responsible for seven of Leipzig’s last eight goals. They both scored in the 2-2 draw with Augsburg on Saturday. In this game, Leipzig will be targeting a second win in six matches; they’ve lost three of five.
Real Madrid warmed up for this game with a crucial win over Girona. Jude Bellingham scored twice in the game to set Madrid through to a 4-0 win ahead of the trip to Germany. The only dampening news of the night was Bellingham’s ankle injury, which could see him miss this game. After opening a five point lead in La Liga, Real Madrid will be eyeing a seventh straight Champions League win. Their only loss in the last 13 Champions League matches was at the hands of current holders Manchester City. City and Real Madrid were the only sides to complete the group stages with straight wins. It means Real Madrid remain firm favorites not just in this game but to win the title. The last time they traveled to Leipzig, however, it ended in a 3-2 loss, and Real will be keen to avoid stumbling again. To this game, they take a five-match unbeaten run, scoring at least twice in four of the five games.
Real Madrid was one of the two sides to go through the group stages on a perfect run. Here they meet a Leipzig side that’s struggling and had it tough against one of the favorites at the groups. Leipzig have also struggled to keep clean sheets at home in this competition. Our prediction for Leipzig v Real Madrid is for Real Madrid to win and both teams to score.