RB Leipzig vs Salzburg
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena (Leipzig).
It’s all set for the inaugural Red Bull derby in an official European competition affair as Austrian champions travel to neighbouring Germany to take on Leipzig in the first round of Europa League on Thursday evening.
Both teams will come into the game in high spirits following their domestic league wins at the weekend. Leipzig finally produced a decent display bagging three goals past Hannover 96. The success was inspired by Timo Werner brace and an opener from Yussuf Poulsen.
Such attacking form shown by the Bulls’ attacking pair won’t be the music to the ears of Salzburg’s defensive line. It revealed plenty of holes in the most recent set of fixtures, including the much-important Champions League play-offs rematch against Red Star Belgrade.
Marco Rose’s men allowed two goals within a couple of minutes to suffer a shocking elimination against the Serbian champions, falling at the very last obstacle once again.
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Head-to-head
The Red Bull rivals have not crossed each other paths before.
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Prediction
Salzburg’s attacking line will also be dangerous here, following their fine form at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign. They scored 18 goals in seven rounds in the domestic league so far (all wins) and they’ve also been quite prolific in the final third en route to the Champions League play-offs this season.
Rose’s outfit proved they have what it takes to be competitive at this level of the competition when they reached the Europa League semi-final last term (narrow elimination to Olympique Marseille who earlier eliminated Leipzig as well).
Knowing that Salzburg’s defense was by no means meticulous so far in the season, we have reasons to expect an open contest packed with goals on Thursday evening at Red Bull Arena. The main bet is Over 2.5 goals FT at the odds of 1.61, while you can alternatively back the home win & BTTS at 3.40.
RB Leipzig vs Salzburg: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
Leipzig to win & BTTS @ 3.40 (7/5).