Match day six and the scenario in Group E, where Liverpool would be fighting to reach the next round, is perhaps the last thing anyone would have predicted when the group was drawn. But here we are, with Liverpool needing at least a draw from the match to confirm their qualification into the next round.
On Tuesday the 10th of December, both sides do battle at the Red Bull Arena in the Champions League.
Free-scoring Salzburg come into this game with nothing to lose, even though losing or drawing the game means they move down into the Europa League. They are currently on 7 points and only a win would give them a chance at qualifying.
In the reverse fixture, Salzburg came back from three goals down to equalize, before succumbing to a soccer-punch nine minutes after that. The three goals scored in that match typifies Salzburg’s approach to playing matches – attack, attack, attack! They play without fear, are always on the front foot, and score plenty of goals while playing an attacking brand of football.
Their attacking brand of football also means teams can pick them up on the counter and take advantage of the space they leave behind. Consequently, they leak goals regularly. They conceded six goals in their last six matches – statistics that should make the front three of Liverpool salivate.
Liverpool head into this clash sitting pretty at the top of the English Premier League, with eight points separating them from the next challenger. Despite flying high domestically, though, their Champions League campaign has been anything but smooth sailing, and they’ll need to be at their best if they are to get the desired point(s) that would guarantee them top spots in the group.
Despite being in good form, this Liverpool team come into this match having played a lot of games lately – the reason Jurgen Klopp has been trying to rotate his squad in recent matches. Aside from this, Liverpool has conceded in 13 of its last 15 matches. Against an attacking team like Salzburg, it’s highly likely they’ll concede again.
However, The Reds will be hoping their famed top-three are in form, and come up with the goods at the Red Bull Arena to at least out-score their opponents. Liverpool will be missing Fabinho for this match, but have enough squad depth to deal with his absence. On top of that, Oxlade Chamberlain seems to be picking up form at the right time, and his knack for scoring goals should add to Liverpool’s threat in the match.
Jurgen Klopp has rotated his side in Liverpool’s last two Premier League matches with perhaps one eye on this important fixture against Salzburg. We reckon that Klopp would be fielding his best side, including the top three, namely Salah, Firmino, and Mane. On the other side, Salzburg would be counting on its attackers, particularly Erling Braut Haaland and Patson Daka.
Over the weekend, we predicted a Manchester United win or draw here. For this match, the Champions League defending champions will use all their experience and superior quality to overcome a very fearless side. Liverpool have won or drawn their last six matches, while Salzburg hasn’t, with 2 score draws in their last four domestic matches. A bet on a Liverpool win or draw is the best bet. In terms of goals, we expect both teams to score, and over 2.5 goals looks appealing based on both side’s attacking play. You can read more on the football betting tips for this match, here. Bet9ja offers you the most compelling odds for this match up. Take a look at our Bet9ja review.
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