Shkendija vs Salzburg
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 14 August 2018
Kick-off: 20:15 CET
Given how the game went last week in Austria, it feels like that 3-0 for Salzburg was… normal. Shkendija were second best on the pitch throughout the match, perfectly expected, because of the… quality gap between the two. Having written that, it’s definitely worth mentioning that Shkendija conceded twice from the penalty spot. They finished the game on six attempts, half of those on target. It’s rather safe to write that they will be in the Europa League playoffs, where they will face either Cork City or Rosenborg. Their championship just started, they drew 2-2 at home with Vardar.
Salzburg’s win last week was paying close to nothing, and even combined with “over 2.5 goals” it still was below 1.50. I took the risk to suggest “over 3.5”, but… despite their 18 attempts, they needed two penalty kicks to score two of their three goals. Either way, Salzburg’s fans left the stadium knowing that their team is already in the Champions League playoffs, where they will be facing either Red Star Belgrade or Spartak Trnava. Attacking midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic got sent-off late in the game, and is obviously unavailable. On Saturday, Salzburg beat Austria Vienna 2-0 at home, in Austria’s championship. They are on nine points from three matches there. In five official matches this season, they have as many wins, having scored at least two goals in each game, and conceded no more than one (total, five matches combined).
Previous five matches:
Shkendija vs Vardar 2-2
Salzburg vs Shkendija 3-0
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Shkendija 0-0
Shkendija vs Sheriff Tiraspol 1-0
The New Saints vs Shkendija 4-0
Salzburg vs Austria Vienna 2-0
Salzburg vs Shkendija 3-0
Mattersburg vs Salzburg 0-2
Salzburg vs LASK 3-1
Salzburg vs Rizespor 5-2
Shkendija’s next game is on Sunday, in their championship. On Saturday, Salzburg will be hosting Hartberg (Austria Bundesliga).
Shkendija vs Salzburg: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Shkendija vs Salzburg: Prediction
I’m just not sure Salzburg will… give their all to win the game, given that… they don’t need to. At 1.40, I feel the risk on betting on them is just not worth it.
Shkendija vs Salzburg: Betting Tips
“Over 2.5 goals”, at 1.90, looks great to me. Salzburg are… blessed, roster-wise, and Shkendija have absolutely nothing to lose, so to me this looks like a game that can easily have at least three goals. I wouldn’t repeat my last week’s suggestion for “over 3.5” though, no matter how tempting that 3.25 looks.