Hibernians vs Salzburg
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Second qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Hibernians Ground (Paola).
The Maltese Premier League Champions Hibernians fought hard to surpass Estonian club Infonet Tallinn in the first round of qualifiers. But they are dealt with a tough draw in the second round against the fast improving Austrian title holders FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Hibernians are appearing at the UEFA Champions League qualifiers for the fourth time in their history. And this is only the second time that they are reaching as far as the second round. They haven’t managed to got past this stage. Also, they have a poor record in UEFA competitions, after having won just 2 qualification ties in 26 attempts.
RB Salzburg are coming after winning the Austrian Bundesliga title for the fourth successive season. Nor did they finished outside the top two of the table in past 12 seasons. Now they will be eyeing for the first ever appearance at the Champions League. They came closer in achieving this last season, but they lost out to Dinamo Zagreb in the extra time of the play-offs.
Hibernians vs Salzburg: Head-to-head
This will be the first time that Hibernians and Salzburg are locking horns in a football field.
Hibernians vs Salzburg: Prediction
On paper, the tie is an easy picking for RB Salzburg. For Hibernians, the priority will be to keep things tight at the back and look for rare opportunities on the break. But as things stand, RB Salzburg look good to pick a comfortable lead from this first leg clash without much trouble.