Salzburg vs RB Leipzig
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 18:55 CET
Incredible Takumi Minamimo scored three(!) goals in the first half(!) three weeks ago, when Salzburg visited Rosenborg, doing his part in earning all three points for his team. The Austrian side ended up winning 2-5, their fourth win in as many games in the group. They have already qualified, mathematically, for the last-32, no matter what happens in their last two games. Central midfielder Amadou Haidara is out, injured, and so is attacking midfielder Reinhold Yabo. Four players are doubtful, due to injury or fitness issues; Patrick Farkas, Kilian Ludewig, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Jasper van der Werff. Salzburg are expected to start the game with Stankovic, Ulmer, Ramalho, Pongracic, Lainer, Schlager, Junuzovic, Samassekou, Wolf, Gulbrandsen and Dabbur. The last one is the leading scorer of the group stage thus far, on five goals. Salzburg are leading in Austria’s championship, on 41 points from 15 matches, 12 more than second-placed LASK.
Unlike Salzburg who have already qualified for the last-32, Leipzig’s position is… very tricky; they are on six points, second in the table, but level with Celtic, to whom they lost 2-1 in Glasgow two weeks ago. They had beaten them 2-0 in Germany, that’s why they are second, but still, Leipzig have two “battles” ahead of them to secure a spot in the next round. In two weeks, they will be hosting Rosenborg, while Celtic will be hosting already-qualified Salzburg. Last weekend they lost 1-0 at Wolfsburg. They are fourth in the Bundesliga, on 22 points. Swedish winger Emil Forsberg remains out, injured. Leipzig are expected to start with Mvogo, Mukiele, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi, Ilsanker, Laimer, Sabitzer, Bruma, Werner and Poulsen.
Previous five matches:
Hartberg vs Salzburg 0-4
Austria Wien vs Salzburg 0-2
Rosenborg vs Salzburg 2-5
Salzburg vs Mattersburg 2-1
Austria Lustenau vs Salzburg 0-1
Wolfsburg vs RB Leipzig 1-0
RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen 3-0
Celtic vs RB Leipzig 2-1
Hertha Berlin vs RB Leipzig 0-3
RB Leipzig vs Hoffenheim 2-0
Salzburg’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Rheindorf Altach (Austria championship). Same day, Leipzig will be hosting Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany Bundesliga).
Salzburg vs RB Leipzig: Head to head Stats
Salzburg have never hosted Leipzig before.
Salzburg vs RB Leipzig: Prediction
Leipzig are considered relatively clear favorites to win the game. Personally, I’m backing the hosts to continue with their impressive performances/results, and earn minimum a draw.
Salzburg vs RB Leipzig: Betting Tips
Salzburg’s double chance is paying as much as Leipzig’s win (1.90), and is my main tip. “Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score” pays 1.72, my second tip.