RB Leipzig vs Salzburg
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 20 September 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
RB Leipzig had to play six matches to reach the Europa League group stage; they eliminated Häcken, Universitatea Cluj, and Zorya, beating all three at home, and drawing with all three away. Ukrainian side Zorya gave them a real scare in the play-offs; after a goalless draw in Ukraine, RB Leipzig took the lead back home, but three minutes into the second half they were 1-2 down(!). Augustin equalized in the 69th minute, and Forsberg scored in added time(!) from the penalty spot to earn the German side a 3-2 victory and the ticket to the group stage. Last season they reached the quarterfinals, where they got eliminated by Olympique Marseille. They are on just four points from three matches in the Bundesliga, having gotten embarrassed at Borussia Dortmund (4-1), drawn with Fortuna at home, and beaten, last weekend, Hannover, again at home.
Unlike RB Leipzig, Salzburg were… “sent” to the Europa League group stage after getting eliminated by Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League play-offs. Three minutes into the second half, at home, in the return leg, they were winning 2-0. With the first leg in Belgrade having ended in a goalless draw, Salzburg had to concede twice and not score again in order to get eliminated, and… incredibly, that’s exactly what happened. What’s even crazier is that Red Star’s goals were scored in a matter of… 100 seconds, as back-to-back as it gets. Remember, Marseille eliminated RB Leipzig in the quarterfinals of the Europa League last season. In the semifinals, it was Salzburg’s turn to see the French team’s… back.
Previous five matches:
RB Leipzig vs Hannover 3-2
RB Leipzig vs Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-1
RB Leipzig vs Zorya 3-2
Borussia Dortmund vs RB Leipzig 4-1
Zorya vs RB Leipzig 0-0
St. Pölten vs Salzburg 1-3
Salzburg vs Admira 3-1
Salzburg vs Red Star Belgrade 2-2
Rheindorf Altach vs Salzburg 2-3
Red Star Belgrade vs Salzburg 0-0
RB Leipzig’s next game is at Eintracht Frankfurt, on Sunday (Germany Bundesliga). Same day, Salzburg will be hosting Rapid Vienna (Austria championship).
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Prediction
I’m backing the hosts to win the game, proving right all of us who consider them a better team and favorites to earn all three points in this match.
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win is at 1.80. “Over 2.5 goals” pays 1.61. These two combined promise a much better 2.60.