RB Leipzig vs. Red Bull Salzburg / Europa League – Not so long ago it was questionable whether UEFA will allow these two teams to play in the same competition, but since it has been determined that they do not have the same owner, everything is resolved and they were even placed in the same group of Europa League. Leipzig had to play three qualifying rounds, and they played those matches without defeat, while they started the championship modestly. Salzburg is completely dominant in the championship and they have the maximum performance, but they were eliminated in the Champions League qualifiers and are now in Europa League.
RB Leipzig vs. Red Bull Salzburg begins 20.09.2018 at 21:00 CET
Leipzig has made three victories in the six European qualifying games, and they have recorded three draws, while they had a lot of luck in the playoffs against the Ukrainian Zorya, because they managed to avoid elimination. They have routinely passed in the second round in the German Cup, and they started Bundesliga with defeat by Borussia Dortmund. Leipzig has taken the lead in the first minute of that match, but after that they received four goals and defeat was convincing in the end.
In the second round they expected their first victory, rightfully because they welcomed Fortuna, but they were losing in that match, which ended with a score of 1-1. In the third round, they finally made a victory in the second consecutive duel on their field, this time against Hannover with 3-2. They did not show the best game, but their duo Ti.Werner and Forsberg has finally started playing better. Only Halstenberg is absent due the injury for this match.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi – Demme, Laimer – Forsberg, Sabitzer – Y.Poulsen, Ti.Werner
Red Bull Salzburg
Salzburg has won the championship title again last season in Austria, but they did not win the Cup, which is a failure for this team. It is also a failure that they are playing in Europa League, because their wish was to finally play in the Champions League and they have skipped their first obstacle Shkendia without any problems, but they did not succeed to do the same against Red Star. They practically had a victory in their hands, because they were in the lead with 2-0, but the match ended with 2-2 and their dreams were crushed. However, it did not shake them too much when it comes to Austrian championship, because after seven rounds, Salzburg has the same number of wins and they are already the sovereign leaders on the table.
It should be said that they have achieved the majority of their victories before the elimination, while they also made two identical triumphs after that. They defeated Admira with 3-1 at home, and they celebrated against St.Polten in the last round. It is interesting that all six goals were scored by different players, and coach Rose has also changed the team a little bit. Daka, Prevljak and Farkas are on the list of injured players, while Junuzovic is questionable.
Probable lineups Red Bull Salzburg: Stankovic – Lainer, Pongracic, Ramalho, Ulmer – Schlager, Haidara, Samassekou, Wolf – Yabo, Dabbur
RB Leipzig vs. Red Bull Salzburg PICK
Even though these are two friendly clubs, they are playing for points now, and the results show that Salzburg is in a better form, however, the Austrian league is not a benchmark and Leipzig has better individuals, so we predict the host triumph.
Pick: Leipzig wins
Odds: 1.85 at sportingbet (down to 1.75 can be played)
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