Red Bull Salzburg vs RB Leipzig / Europa League – Two mildly said friendly clubs are meeting in the penultimate round of the group stage in Europa League and are practically deciding on the outcome of the fight for the knockout stage. Salzburg has a great situation and they are the leaders on the table with a maximum of 12 points, but they did not mathematically secure the placement in the round of sixteen. Leipzig is leading an even greater fight because they have won twice as many points as Celtic, so everything is completely open and uncertain. In their first mutual clash, Salzburg has celebrated with 3-2 in Leipzig.
Red Bull Salzburg vs RB Leipzig begins 29.11.2018 at 18:55 CET
Red Bull Salzburg
The fact that Salzburg has not lost any matches this season in all the games they are playing speaks enough about the season that the current Austrian champion is having. Their only failure is the Champions League, precisely the qualifications for that competition, where they were eliminated after two draws with the Red Star. They have only played two more draws in the championship, and all other were victories. Many will say that the Austrian league is not a benchmark, but it is not easy to be so dominant in a lot easier championships.
Now they already have 12 points of advantage and it can be said that the title is secured, and little is missing to ensure the placement and the knockout stage of Europa League. They have made a maximum of four wins and scored 13 goals, but theoretically they can still lose that. As they play, of course it can hardly happen and they are already in this match looking for at least a point to confirm the first place in the group. Midfielders Haidar and Yabo are out of action for this duel.
Probable lineups Red Bull Salzburg: Stankovic – Lainer, Pongarcic, Ramalho, Ulmer – Schlager, Samassekou, Junuzovic – Wolf – Dabbur, Gulbrandsen
Leipzig is not as successful as their host, but it is not all bad. The score could be weaker if they fail to win placement in the round of sixteen of Europa League finals, but they still have realistic prospects and no reason to lose hope. It would be ideal if they were to celebrate in this match because then they would have practically everything in their hands, while they otherwise need to wait for the events in the second game of this group. They have lost two duels, first from Salzburg on their field, then in the last round and as guests over Celtic and good thing in that defeat was that it was 2-1.
They have defeated the Scottish team on their field with 2-0, so they have better mutual score. When it comes to Bundesliga, they were also defeated twice in the first and last round played. A brilliant series of ten championship matches without defeat was stopped in Wolfsburg. They received a goal after five games in which they kept their net intact, which was enough for defeat. When their composition is in question, only Forsberg is out of action.
Probable lineups RB Leipzig: Mvogo – Mukiele, Orban, Upamecano, Saracchi – Laimer, Ilsanker, Bruma, Sabitzer – Y.Poulsen, Ti.Werner
Red Bull Salzburg vs RB Leipzig PICK
Salzburg is undefeated this season and they want to continue this series, and thus secure placement in the knockout stage of Europa League. Leipzig would have to play for victory and we expect them to be set very offensively, so we can get another efficient match from these rivals.
Pick: over 3 goals
Odds: 1.81 at bethard (down to 1.70 can be played)
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