Crazybola.com – Sevilla and Red Bull Salzburg begin their struggles in their Champions League group stage on Tuesday (14/9) evening CEST in Group G at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Julen Lopetegui’s men booked their place in the group stage after claiming fourth place in the 2020/2021 La Liga season, while RB Salzburg had to advance past Brondby in the qualifying rounds.
The international break has caused a lot of chaos, one of which saw the match between Sevilla and Barcelona during the La Liga match at the weekend having to be postponed.
With both teams having many players arriving late from international duty in the South American zone 2022 World Cup qualifiers, La Liga has given the green light for both to postpone matches, so both Sevilla and Barcelona have more time to prepare for their Champions League matches. .
In the three games before the international break, Sevilla had had a fine start to the season in La Liga with back-to-back wins over Rayo Vallecano (3-0) and Getafe (0-1) before being held to a draw by hosts Elche (1-1) at Manuel Martínez Valero.
With their dominance of the Austrian football scene truly unrivaled, 15-time champions Red Bull Salzburg will enter this game with high confidence having won every game so far in the 2021/2022 season.
The two 2-1 wins against Brondby in qualifying were the latest in a long streak of wins for RB Salzburg, who have also won all seven of their games in the Austrian Bundesliga, scoring 19 goals and conceding just four.
Sevilla and RB Salzburg have met twice so far. Sevilla won on both occasions in the 2008/2009 UEFA Cup, with the Spanish side winning both matches with similar wins, 2-0.
Ludwig Augustinsson, Papu Gomez, Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel all returned from international duty, providing a big boost to Julen Lopetegui’s side before the game.
Sekou Keita and Albert Vallci are out for long for Matthias Jaissle’s side, while Zlatko Junuzovic is sidelined with a heel injury.
Sevilla XI (4-2-3-1)): Yassine Bounou; Marcos Acuna, Diego Carlos, Jules Kunde, Jesus Navas; Fernando, Juan Jordan; Erik Lamela, Papu Gomez, Suso; Youssef El Nesyri
Salzburg XI (4-3-1-2): Philipp Kohn; Rasmus Nissen Kristensen, Oumar Solet, Maximilian Wober, Andreas Ulmer; Mohamed Camara, Nicolas Capaldo, Nicolas Seiwald; Brenden Aaronson; Chukwubuike Adamu, Karim Adeyemi
Despite their lack of experience at this level, RB Salzburg have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 Champions League matches, while Sevilla scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 Champions League matches.
Sevilla are undoubtedly the favorites to win their Champions League opener, moreover they are getting a boost with more rest and a fully fit and available squad.
It’s just that Salzburg have the real quality to be able to hurt the hosts so despite being the favourites, the Andalusian team will not win this match easily.
Score Prediction: Sevilla 2-1 RB Salzburg