Place: Austria. Salzburg. Red Bull Arena.
Date: on the 29th of August, 2018 (Wednesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League. 4th qualification round. Return legs.
Salzburg (the head coach Marco Rose)
In frames of the Austrian Bundesliga the defending champion of the country Salzburg is destroying all teams. In five last rounds, despite the factor of home or foreign arena, the team of Marco Rose has serially won over Linzer (3:1), Mattersburg (2:0), Austria Wien (2:0), Hartberg (2:0) and Altach (3:2). Thus, according to the results of five matches the champion has shown an absolute result (15 points) with a difference of the scored and missed goals 12:3. Two forwards (the Bosnian Sanjin Prcićand Israeli Moanes Dabour) who have scored four goals into the rivals’ gate are the top goal scorers of the club this season.
And now the most interesting fact! Despite the current effectiveness of the team of Marco Rose, in the first away match of the current Champions League qualification round the team hasn’t managed to score a goal. However, the coaching staff of Salzburg was satisfied with the final result (0:0).
Crvena zvezda (the head coach Vladan Milojević)
Crvena zvezda doesn’t trail to the Champions League rival. In five last rounds of the national championship the team of Vladan Milojević has serially won over Dinamo Vranje (3:0), Radnički Niš (2:0), Voždovac (2:1), Spartak Subotica (3:0) and Čukarički (2:1). Of course, by analogy with the Austrian Salzburg, the champion of Serbia is a sole leader of the new season (15 points), with a difference of the scored and missed goals – 12:2.
The given statistics of the game of the current rivals vividly demonstrates the fact that now both hosts and guests of the forthcoming match have gained the maximum of their form. And therefore we expect that the return game on the Red Bull Arena, at least, will be the game of two champions. And, Crvena zvezda ‘s chances of getting into the group stage are also high.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Salzburg vs. Crvena zvezda
Despite the magnificent game of the champion of Serbia, the bright favorite of the forthcoming meeting according to the experts are the hosts of Arena Red Bull: Salzburg – 1.45, Crvena zvezda – 7.50.
So, what do we have? Salzburg needs a victory if it wants to get into the main draw of the Club championship of Europa. But the guests will be pleased with the productive draw (1:1, 2:2 and so on). Bearing in mind considerably overestimated quotations on guest victory of the champion of Serbia, here the bet on the team of Vladan Milojević is acceptable. We doubt that Crvena zvezda will easily give way to Salzburg into the group stage.