RB Leipzig had to start their Europa League duties already from the second round, but the side did well to progress over Swedish Hacken, Romanian U Craiova and Ukrainian side Zorya using those matches as preparation games for the start of Bundesliga as well.
Their playoff game against Zorya proved to be more difficult than expected, as they reached the group stage thanks to a goal from a penalty kick in the 90th minute of the second leg. As for the start of Bundesliga, they lost away to Dortmund, took a point in a home clash over Dusseldorf and finally won 3:2 at home last Saturday afternoon against Hannover.
It was a hard-fought clash where the visitors actually looked more active and created more, however also were losing for the most of the clash. Left-back Marcel Halstenberg has some problems and probably won’t play here. Timo Werner should be at disposal despite some discomfort.
Salzburg, on the other side, once again failed to reach the Champions League group stage. They have started from the third round and easily excluded Shkendija, but Serbian champions from Crvena zvezda proved to be an extremely tough nut to crack. Even though they looked like a better side overall in two matches, lack of concentration and great discipline in the Serbian side made them pay for their mistakes.
As for the domestic league, there is no doubt that the team is once again heading towards another title. They come from a 1:3 victory away to St Polten last Saturday afternoon (goals from Schlager, Wolf, and Gulbrandsen). It was a seventh consecutive victory in first seven rounds, with the team already having five points more than second-placed LASK Linz.
Striker Smail Prevljak (6/4) is injured for this one. Other offensive Patson Daka (4/1) is also probably out, while offensive Zlatko Junuzovic remains doubtful with a thigh injury, similar to Munas Dabbur but he should be ready.
This will be the very first competitive match between the two sides that are not only sharing same controlling stakeholder but also a similar style of play. Both of the teams are very direct when attacking and not needing a lot of scoring chances to find the net. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals seem like the most appropriate choice in this one. The Germans are remaining a favorite in this one, however, aren’t a side to be trusted against very concrete Austrians.
Bet : Over 2.5 Goals