UEFA Champions League (UCL) Match Prediction: Salzburg vs Liverpool
December 10, 2019
Red Bull Arena, Salzburg
Liverpool travel to Salzburg for their final UCL 2019-20 group stage game. The Reds need a point to qualify for the round of 16. Even a defeat will see them through if Napoli fail to beat Genk in the other game of the pool.
The last Liverpool vs Salzburg game had seen the PL side win 4-3 at home last month.
Salzburg’s performance in UCL 2019-20:
Cican Stankovic has returned from injury after over a month on the sidelines and will replace Carlos in goal on Tuesday night.
Rasmus Kristensen will incur a one-match ban in the Champions League if he is booked against Liverpool.
Andre Ramalho and Jerome Onguene are in competition to start at centre-back alongside Maximilian Wober.
Erling Haaland could become only the second player in Champions League history to score in every group game if he nets against Liverpool.
RB Salzburg are set to be without Alexander Walke, Antoine Bernede, Patrick Farkas and Sekou Koita.
Liverpool’s performance in UCL 2019-20:
Andrew Robertson will incur a one-match ban in the UCL if he is booked on Tuesday but Jurgen Klopp cannot afford to rest the Scotland international here as Liverpool still need a result to qualify.
Jordan Henderson will continue to anchor the midfield in the absence of Fabinho, leaving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner to battle for one place in midfield.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have all been rested at times over the last two matches but will all start in midweek.
Dejan Lovren suffered an injury at the weekend but Lovren trained with the Liverpool squad ahead of their UCL group match against Salzburg. Joe Gomez is on standby to start but Lovren should get the nod here.
Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana could also return against Salzburg after missing the win over Bournemouth. Wijnaldum trained with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Monday after recovering from a “minor knock”, while Lallana trained separately from the group.
However, Liverpool will be without injured centre-back Joel Matip, who remains sidelined with a knee problem and has not featured for the team since October 20.
Salzburg vs Liverpool: Predicted line-up
Cican Stankovic; Rasmus Kristensen, Jerome Onguene, Maximilian Wober, Andreas Ulmer; Enock Mwepu, Zlatko Junuzovic, Dominik Szoboszlai; Takumi Minamino; Hwang Hee-Chan, Erling Haaland.
Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Champion's League: Salzburg vs Liverpool Prediction
- This will be the second competitive meeting between FC Salzburg and Liverpool, following their clash on MD2 in which the Reds won 4-3, despite leading 3-0 after 36 minutes at Anfield.
- Liverpool have won five of their seven games against Austrian sides in all European competition (W5 D1 L1), losing only to Grazer AK in a UCL qualifier in August 2004.
- FC Salzburg have lost four of their five matches against English opposition in all European competition, conceding at least twice in every match (13 in total). At home, Salzburg drew 2-2 vs Blackburn in September 2006 (UEFA Cup) and lost 0-2 vs Man City in September 2010 (Europa League).
- Liverpool have only won two of their last 11 UCL away group stage games, losing four of the last five (W1). The Reds last won consecutive away group games in the competition back in September 2008 under Rafa Benitez.
- Salzburg have won 15 and lost just one of their last 20 home games in European competition (inc. qualifiers), with that defeat coming last time out on home soil vs Napoli.
- Neither Liverpool or FC Red Bull Salzburg have kept a UCL clean sheet this season. The Reds could become only the second reigning champion to fail to keep a clean sheet in their first six matches of the following campaign, after Real Madrid in 2016-17 (first 10 games).
- FC Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has scored in all five of his UEFA Champions League games so far, scoring eight goals and averaging a goal every 37 minutes. No player has ever scored in their first six appearances in the competition.
- Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the two players with the most UEFA Champions League assists are Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and James Milner with 11 each.
- Only Spurs (17) and Bayern Munich (21) have scored more goals than FC Red Bull Salzburg (16) this season. Since 2003-04, the most goals scored by a side in the group stage to be eliminated is 16 scored by Chelsea in the 2012-13 campaign – they went on to win the UEL.
- Salzburg are undefeated in 17 of their last 19 UCL matches.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Salzburg’s last 6 UCL games, with them scoring at least 2 goals in all of those games.
- Both teams tend to be involved in high-scoring matches and it would not be at all surprising if fans were treated to a similar match to their first meeting.
- Erling Haaland could become only the second player in Champions League history to score in every group game if he nets against Liverpool.