Champions League soccer predictions and UCL best bets for Wednesday 3/6: Real Madrid roar past RB Leipzig

Rodrygo Goes of Real Madrid celebrates a goal during the La Liga 2023/24 match between Real Madrid and Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Final score; Real Madrid 5:1 Valencia (Photo by Guillermo Martinez / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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We have 2 more Champions League Last 16 ties wrapping up on Wednesday afternoon with Manchester City looking to finish off Copenhagen while Real Madrid will want to retain their lead over RB Leipzig. Both of those games are expected to be fiery matchups and our top soccer experts have come up with the Champions League predictions and best bets for each matchup. Both games are scheduled to kick off at 3:00 pm ET on Paramount+. You can also check out our soccer predictions for more Champions League picks as well as our EPL best bets each week.

Manchester City vs Copenhagen best bet: Man City win in shutout (-140)

Manchester City clinched a crucial Manchester derby win on Sunday against Manchester United and they can afford to rest some key players for Copenhagen’s visit after a dominant 3-1 win in the first leg. That success was the Citizens’ 9th-successive win in the Champions League and they head into Wednesday’s game unbeaten in 19 competitive matches, with 17 of those ending in victory. Copenhagen, by contrast, lost on the road to Midtjylland at the weekend and don’t have the best prior experience at the Etihad, with their last trip here in 2022 ending in a 5-0 thrashing.

Read our full Manchester City vs Copenhagen predictions

Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig best bet: Real Madrid ML (-170)

Real Madrid edged past RB Leipzig in Germany in the first leg and the La Liga champions should have too much quality when they meet for the pivotal second leg at the Bernabeu Stadium. Los Blancos topped Group C with maximum points in the Champions League and have continued to look hot in La Liga, losing just 1 of their 27 games this season. Madrid have conceded just 25 goals across league and continent obligations and this defensive assurance combined with the attacking prowess of the likes of Vinicius Junior and Jude Bellingham – who has 7 goal contributions to his name in the Champions League this season – should be too much for Marco Rose’s men.

Leipzig put an end to their 4-game winless streak on the road with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Bochum in their last game but were beaten 2-0 by Real Madrid in their only ever trip to the Bernabeu in 2022. With Carlo Ancelotti’s men winning 15 of their 18 home games in all competitions – losing none – it is hard to look past a victory for Real Madrid.

Read our full Real Madrid vs RB Leipzig predictions

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