It’s been a fairly straightforward group-stage campaign for the European champions thus far. Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid are currently unbeaten in four and leading the Group F table heading into their penultimate game. RB Leipzig trail them in second and can close the gap to just the single point if they can manage to produce an upset in Saxony.
Los Blancos were three for three at the midway point, beating Leipzig, Celtic and Shakhtar Donetsk. But, last time out, the Ukrainians managed to produce a commendable 1-1 draw in Poland, with Antonio Rudiger only just snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat in the 95th minute.
That result would have seen Shakhtar move up to second in the Group F table. Instead Leipzig currently occupy the lass-desirable qualification place. It’s been a period of uncertainty at the Red Bull Arena this term, with Marco Rose replacing Domenico Tedesco. But the former Dortmund boss has Leipzig on the cusp of reaching the knockouts.
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RB Leipzig v Real Madrid match stats
Karim Benzema – who netted 15 times in the Champions League last season – hasn’t scored in any of his last four appearances for Real Madrid in the competition. Subsequently, Vinicius Junior has really stepped up to the plate as Real’s top scorer and top contributor this term, with two goals and one assist. The Brazilian is also the top-ranked player in the Champions League this season for xG sequence involvement from open play (5.2). Real are averaging seven shots on target per match in this season’s Champions League, registering 28 overall so far — only Napoli (37), Bayern Munich (36), Liverpool (36) and Man City (33) have registered more.
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