Ace Football previews the Champions League match between RB Salzburg and Bayern Munich, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Bayern Munich take a trip to Austria for their third Group A fixture in the Champions League against Red Bull Salzburg on Tuesday night.
The reigning champions have made a strong start to their title defense, boasting a 100% record after two games to make it 13 consecutive wins in Europe’s biggest club competition stretching back to last season.
But Salzburg, who are winless and bottom of Group A, don’t intend to make life easy. Patson Daka’s injury blow is unfortunate, but the hosts can still cause the Bavarians problems at home with top performance.
It should be an interesting affair at the Red Bull Arena as the two sides prepare for their first competitive European clash.
RB Salzburg Form & Stats
One point from two games doesn’t do Salzburg’s performance justice in the Champions League, leaving them with a point to prove against Bayern Munich.
A late Vitaly Lisakovich goal denied them victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in their opening game, which ended 2-2, while they impressed against Atletico Madrid before Joao Felix’s second-half brace left empty-handed in a 3-2 loss.
Having nearly reached the knockout rounds last season, however, Salzburg will be disappointed. But while hopes of qualifying for the last-16 are slim, third-place is still very much up for grabs. Doing so will secure a spot in the Europa League knockouts instead, and a chance to compete for European silverware.
But losing Patson Daka, as mentioned previously, is a real setback for Jesse Marsch’s side. The striker, who has scored 12 goals in 11 appearances this season, missed Saturday’s 5-0 win over Swarovski Tirol with a hamstring problem.
Although the Austrian champions’ excellent form, along with Bayern’s struggles against Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, has left Marsch hopeful of a result.
Key Team Stats
- BTTS in 10 of their last 11 Champions League games.
- Over 3.5 goals in five of their last six home Champions League games.
- Scored at least two goals in their last four Champions League games.
Bayern Munich Form & Stats
The visitors, meanwhile, are in scintillating form as they seek to strengthen their hold of the top spot in Group A. With Atletico Madrid away to Lokomotiv, they’ll be determined to capitalize on any potential slip-up from Diego Simeone’s men in Russia.
Victory in Austria would maintain Bayern’s 100% record, having beaten Atletico 4-0 and Lokomotiv 2-1 in their previous two fixtures. It would also be a ninth successive win in all competitions – an ideal start for Saturday’s Der Klassiker at Borussia Dortmund.
Losing Niklas Sule to COVID-19, however, was an unfortunate blow for Hansi Flick. The Bavarians boss also confirmed to Bild that Leo Goretzka is out with calf problems, meaning Joshua Kimmich will probably play yet again.
But Robert Lewandowski, who was rested in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Cologne, will be back. The Pole will be raring to go in Salzburg, especially as he hasn’t scored a goal in this season’s Champions League yet.
Key Team Stats
- Won 33 of their last 35 games in all competitions.
- Won their last 13 Champions League games.
- BTTS in their last four away games in all competitions.
- Robert Lewandowski has scored nine goals in his last five games in all competitions.
RB Salzburg: Patson Daka, Antoine Bernede, Youba Diarra, & Ousmane Diakite (all out); Maximilian Wober (doubt).
Bayern Munich: Alphonso Davies, Tanguy Nianzou, & Niklas Sule (all out).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Tuesday’s showdown will be the first competitive encounter between RB Salzburg and Bayern Munich.
Here are some key head-to-head stats from the clubs’ latest Champions League games instead.