Liverpool vs Salzburg Champions League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Champions League Liverpool vs RB Salzburg
Liverpool vs Salzburg Champions League

The match is over.
Score: 4-3.

The holders come up against the Austrian sector of the Red Bull franchise as Salzburg travel to Merseyside hoping to carry on with their goal scoring exploits from the first group stage game.

Predictions

At first glance this looks like a slam dunk for the Reds but given the opening round of group games, this could be a potential banana skin.

Liverpool lost in Napoli yet again, a repeat of last season’s group stage, and know that a defeat here would put them in a tricky position, especially given their away record in the Champions League from last season.

Salzburg smashed Genk 6-2 last time out with new superstar Erling Haaland scoring a hat trick in the first half alone, putting them top of the group.

Liverpool come into this off the back of two wins against the MK Dons in the Carabao Cup and away at Chelsea in the Premier League, so a win here may be on the cards and may be one of their most important so far.

The visitors are enjoying a strong start to the Austrian Bundesliga, winning all but one game – their most recent result was a draw – and sit atop of the standings, four points clear after eight games.

The home side will be favourites but a comprehensive win may not be the bet to look for. A 2-1 Liverpool win may be the way to go, or a both teams to score bet.

Betting Tips

Considering that Liverpool are reigning holders of the Champions League and have a formidable home record, this doesn’t look like too bad of a bet given the way Liverpool have played in the Champions League and the goalscoring ability of Haaland for Salzburg, and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action.888sport have it as 15/2.

It may seem strange to imagine but Liverpool may be cautious with this game bearing in mind how they take teams to bits at Anfield. If Salzburg show any sign of courage and bravery, Liverpool may back off a bit and wait to break them down with a flurry of goals in the second half, with this bet rated at 18/5 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

Liverpool and Salzburg have never played each other in a competitive fixture before either before the Salzburg club became Red Bull Salzburg or since their name change.

Stats

  • Salzburg became only the seventh side to score five goals in one half of Champions League football against Genk in what was their return to the competition since their last appearance in 1994/1995.
  • Liverpool have won their last five home matches in the Champions League group stage, scoring 19 goals in the process.
  • ErlingHaaland became the third youngest player to score a Champions League hat trick behind only Wayne Rooney and Real Madrid legend Raul.
  • Liverpool have lost their most two recent fixtures against Austrian opposition, losing to Grazer 1-0 in the 2004/2005 qualifying rounds, only to go on and win the tournament in Istanbul against AC Milan.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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