RB Salzburg vs Liverpool prediction: RB Salzburg 1-3 Liverpool
Red Bull Salzburg welcome Liverpool to the Red Bull Arena, for the first time in their history, to conclude Group E in the UEFA Champions League for the 2019/20 season.
It will be Die Mozartstädter’s sixth attempt to defeat an English opponent. The previous five matches have produced a draw and four defeats.
Their record in front of their own fans includes a 2-2 draw against Blackburn in 2006 and a 0-2 defeat against Man City, back in 2010.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have often enjoyed their trips to Austria. They drew 1-1 with Austria Vienna in their first visit, in a European Cup Quarter Final 1st leg back in 1985. Since then, they have defeated both FC Wacker Innsbruck and Grazer AK 1902 by a 0-2 score-line on Austrian soil.
RB Salzburg vs Liverpool: Who will win?
Salzburg are 14/5 outsiders to pick up a first ever win against English opponents on Tuesday evening.
Liverpool drew their last Champions League outing 1-1, versus Napoli at Anfield. With a point being enough to see them in the draw for the knockout rounds in 2020, perhaps odds of 16/5 are a touch generous?
The Reds have won on each of their last two visits to Austria. They also defeated Salzburg 4-3 the only other time these sides faced each other, back in October. Unsurprisingly then, Liverpool are the 4/5 favourite to win the match and top the group.
RB Salzburg vs Liverpool: Who will score?
Erling Haaland is the second-highest goal-scorer in the UEFA Champions League this season, with eight goals. He is behind only Robert Lewandowski, on ten.
Haaland has scored in every match in Europe this season, with five of his eight goals coming here at the Red Bull Arena. He is the 1/1 favourite to get on the scoresheet for Salzburg. You can back the Norwegian international at 9/2 to be the game’s first goal-scorer.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (pictured above) made a scoring return to the Liverpool line-up at the weekend. He has scored in each of his two start Champions League starts this season and is Liverpool’s joint-top scorer in the competition, with three goals. The Ox is 10/1 to open the scoring for Liverpool, just as he did at the weekend. Or 5/2 to score at any time during the match.
Mohamed Salah looked like he had finally put his ankle injury woes behind him at the weekend, with a stunning performance against Bournemouth. He grabbed a goal and an assist in the match and probably could have added more. Salah has three Champions League goals already this campaign and is 4/5 to get another on Tuesday night. You can back him at 15/4 to do so as first scorer in the match.
RB Salzburg vs Liverpool: Qualification scenarios
Liverpool, Napoli and Salzburg will all be in the draw for European knock-out competition in 2020. What remains to be decided, is which competitions they will each be involved in.
A win or draw for Liverpool here would see them in the Champions League draw on 16th December. Should they lose to Salzburg, they would be in the Europa League come February, unless Napoli lose to Genk.
Only a win for Salzburg would include them in the draw for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages. Any other result will see them in the draw for the UEFA Europa League.
A win or draw for Napoli in their match against Genk would see them in the Champions League draw on 16th December. Should they lose to Genk, a Salzburg win would see Napoli drop down into the Europa League for the second consecutive season at this stage.
RB Salzburg vs Liverpool: Match preview
Tuesday’s early kick-off in the UEFA Champions League sees the current Austrian Bundesliga leaders go head-to-head with Premier League leaders, Liverpool.
Both teams remain undefeated in both league and domestic cup action so far this season. Liverpool’s only defeat was the opening Champions League group match versus Napoli, at the San Paolo, losing 2-0.
Meanwhile, Salzburg’s first defeat this season came at the hand of Tuesday’s opponents, at Anfield on matchday two of the Champions League this season, by a 4-3 scoreline. They also lost on matchday three, at home to Napoli, by three goals to two.
In both of Salzburg’s defeats, they were applauded for refusing to accept defeat, coming from behind to equalise and pushing their opponent’s right to the final whistle.
This is particularly true of the first match between these sides back in October, when Salzburg found themselves 3-0 down after thirty-five minutes. They grabbed a life-line goal just before half-time through Hee-Chan Hwang.
Two goals in four minutes saw them drag the game back to 3-3 on the hour mark. However, Klopp then reshuffled his struggling midfield and also changed Liverpool’s shape to a 4-2-3-1 which better matched up against Salzburg’s 4-3-1-2 in midfield.
Salzburg went from having seven shots between 39 to 60 minutes, to just two for the remainder of the match. Liverpool also only had three shots in that time, one of which was the winning goal from Mohamed Salah.
Will Klopp be mindful of their four-man midfield coming into this and change away from his 4-3-3 shape accordingly? Or are we in for another open game and a seven-goal classic?
RB Salzburg team news vs Liverpool
Jasper van der Werff, Kilian Ludewig and Mohamed Camara are ineligible to take part in the Champions League for Salzburg this season.
Alexander Walke, Patrick Farkas, Antoine Bernede and Sekou Koita are also expected to take no part in the match, due to injury.
Erling Haaland started the match at Anfield between these sides on the bench, making a goal-scoring cameo in the match. He is expected to start here with Salzburg needing a win to stay in the competition.
Predicted RB Salzburg team vs Liverpool
Liverpool team news vs RB Salzburg
Joel Matip, Fabinho and Nathaniel Clyne have all been ruled out for the foreseeable future due to injury.
Dejan Lovren was withdrawn before half-time in Liverpool’s 0-3 win at Bournemouth at the weekend. Jurgen Klopp has since suggested this was precautionary after the player felt some tightness in his leg.
Lovren did take part in Liverpool training on Monday but Klopp is unlikely to take any risks with such a hectic period of fixtures coming up for Liverpool over the next couple of months. This should mean Joe Gomez is preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk at the back.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana were both absent from the squad at the weekend due to muscle tightness. They are both expected to be available for selection again here, with Wijnaldum expected to return in midfield in place of James Milner.
The Dutch midfielder did also take part in training on Monday.
Sadio Mané and Trent Alexander-Arnold were both rested at the weekend. They are both expected to return here. In the case of Mané, the question is whether he replaces Naby Keita or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Predicted Liverpool team vs RB Salzburg
The latest tweets from RB Salzburg pre-Liverpool
— FC Red Bull Salzburg (@RedBullSalzburg) December 8, 2019
— FC Red Bull Salzburg (@RedBullSalzburg) December 7, 2019
The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-RB Salzburg
THAT Salah assist, THAT Naby finish. Simply wonderful 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/zuuvY5WfRv
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 7, 2019
"Growing up and being a local lad, I think it’s everyone’s dream to go and play for your boyhood club. I just say a massive thank you to the gaffer and his staff for having the belief in me." ❤️@curtisjr_10 eternally grateful for Jürgen Klopp's belief: https://t.co/8mYz1w1CzT pic.twitter.com/bH2tgoK8BX
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 8, 2019
"It was the most-used word in the dressing room by the boys – ‘clean sheet, clean sheet, clean sheet’. Obviously everybody was desperate for that, now we have it so let’s have it more often." – Jürgen Klopp pic.twitter.com/e0Lz3984yq
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 7, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.