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Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to Austria knowing they require a point to secure qualification from the group and into the knock out round.

Red Bull Salzburg v Liverpool – Champions League Group E

Venue: Red Bull Arena

Date: 10/12/19

Kick Off: 17:55

TV Channel: BT Sport

Following their failure to seal qualification against Napoli last time out in the Champions League, Liverpool head to Salzburg in the knowledge a point will see them through, although a win would secure top spot. The reverse fixture between the pair was an enthralling encounter, which saw Liverpool eventually run out as 4-3 winners, and the attacking prowess, and defensive weaknesses, were on show for both sides that day.

Red Bull Salzburg sit top of their domestic league, and are impressing with some scary attacking statistics. Unbeaten after 17 games, Salzburg have racked up an impressive 64 goals, and their attackers are attracting interest from around Europe come the January transfer window. Erling Braut Haaland was led the line this season, and with 16 goals and 6 assists in 14 games domestically, as well as eight in five Champions League games, he is certainly the one to watch. Attackers Hwang Hee-Chan and Takumi Minamino have chipped in with three and two respectively, and Liverpool defence will have to be on their toes to keep them quiet.

Fresh from netting 5 in victory on Saturday, the Austrian side will be full of confidence, and with Europa League qualification already secured as a minimum, its a free hit for Salzburg. A comprehensive 4-1 over Genk last time out means Salzburg are in with a chance of qualification with victory, and their gung-ho approach should see an open, attacking game, especially given they have got nothing to lose.

Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win on Saturday courtesy of goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah, and Klopp will be looking to rotate his side once again for the trip to Austria, with the fixtures piling up in December. Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold were among those rested for the trip to the South Coast, and they should return for the final group game.

The reverse fixture shows that the Austrian Champions can’t be underestimate, and with an enthralling encounter on show in the first game, it can be expected to see attacking, end-to-end football once again.

Team News:

There are no new injury worries for RB Salzburg, who remain without long-term absentees Alexander Walke, Antoine Bernede, Patrick Farkas and Sekou Koita

Liverpool will be without Nathan Clyne, Fabinho, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, however Georgino Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana should be passed fit

Head to Head:

RB Salzburg Wins – 0

Draws – 0

Liverpool Wins – 1

Match Stats:

Erling Haaland is averaging a goal every 37 minutes in the Champions League

RB Salzburg are averaging 16.8 shots per game in their five Champions League games

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah are Liverpool’s top scorers in the Champions League, with three goals each

Team Form:

Liverpool Last 5: W D W W W

Salzburg Last 5: W D W D W

Suggested Bets:

The reverse fixture between the two sides acts as an excellent pointer for the shape the game will take, and as a result it wouldn’t be a surprise to see plenty of goals on show once again. With nothing to lose for Salzburg, and a potentially nervy Liverpool side, both teams to score should be a surety, given Liverpool can often look vulnerable at the back. However, if searching for extra value, Over 3.5 goals looks appealing at 21/20, especially when considering the aforementioned attacking statistics.

With all goal-scoring options above even money, there are plenty of options available to choose from, especially when considering the statistics. With team news leaving a lot to guess about Liverpool’s front three, it would be recommended awaiting for confirmation of who is selected before punting. However, from the Salzburg ranks, and given that the Norwegian is averaging a goal every 37 minutes in the Champions League, 11/10 on Erling Haaland is a stand out.

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