Red Star – RB Salzburg, Champions League Prediction
Red Star qualified against Spartak Trnava in a very tough game last week after extra time. The Serbs managed to score goal in the 98th minute and kept their lead until the end, although at 2-2 they would have qualified, too. The game was quite nervous and had 13 cards. The Reds have a European Cup in their museum, but in the history of the Champions League since the tournament has that name, they have not yet reached the group stages and this is a good chance for them, although they have been very lucky with the draw so far. Their match in Serbia was even postponed to prepare for the main game vs. Salzburg. Otherwise, the reds are in a unique form and in their last 29 games they have 24 wins and 5 draws. And their last loss as host is from Arsenal last October.
Salzburg kicked out Shkendija quite easily and now also have a unique chance to get into the groups. The Austrians have never been able to do it all these years, although they got a huge project and have built a great team, but now they are given the greatest opportunity. The odds to qualify are 1.22, indicating that they are a top favorite for both matches against Red Star. Salzburg are in a series of 13 consecutive wins in which they have recorded 11 clean sheets. They are definitely the team with more quality and are likely to win even in the first game.
This game may be quite tied and extremely controversial. Both teams will play at the top of their game. Salzburg are too good and will likely score a goal. Red Star should not lose the first game and certainly will also strive to score. Our prediction is BTTS at 2.05. A key player is Nemanja Radonjic for Red Star who has already scored 4 goals in his 6 match in the tournament.
Forward Hee-chan Hwang is away at the Asian Games with South Korea. Defender Jérôme Onguéné has picked up a back injury and is also set to miss out.