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Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg predictions: Tips, odds and team news

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg predictions: tips, odds & team news

Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg get their Champions League campaigns underway with a meeting in Portugal on Wednesday 20th September at 8pm (UK time).

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg odds


*Odds correct as of 17:45 on September 11

Portuguese champions Benfica are in the Champions League group stage for the third consecutive season, making it to the quarter-finals in each of the past two campaigns. It came after a poor run in the competition which had seen them fail to make it out of the group stage for two years and then fall in the qualifying rounds. Last season, Benfica actually finished top of their group ahead of PSG en route to a quarter-final defeat to Inter Milan.

This feels like a pretty even group, and Salzburg may feel confident of making it to the knockout stages for just the second time. Overall, Salzburg have been in the Champions League group stage five times, finishing third on four occasions. One of those occasions came last season when Salzburg finished behind Chelsea and AC Milan, dropping down to the Europa League where they were beaten by Roma.

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Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg predictions

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 5/6 with Betway
Correct Score Benfica 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg 15/2 with BetGoodwin
First Goalscorer Angel Di Maria TBC

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The stats behind our Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg predictions:

  • Red Bull Salzburg have scored in all eight of their competitive games this season.
  • Red Bull Salzburg are winless in their last seven away games in the Champions League.
  • Benfica’s six games this seen have brought 21 goals, with Benfica scoring 15.
  • Benfica are yet to score less than two goals in a game this season.
  • Angel Di Maria has scored four goals in five league games for Benfica this season.

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg match tip

Rafa to score or assist

Just one goal behind Di Maria so far this season is Rafa Silva and he’s battling it out with his teammate to be involved in the most strikes. Rafa does currently lead the way so far, adding three assists to his three goals, so he’ll be looking to be the danger man against Salzburg.

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg Bet-Builder tip

Angel Di Maria to score anytime, BTTS & Benfica to win

It’s hard to judge how sides will start the new Champions League campaign, but history shines on Benfica’s side. Benfica went unbeaten at home in the group stage last season, but Salzburg are also without a win in their last seven away games in the Champions League. However, Salzburg are a tiny bit further into their league campaign, playing seven games so far and are still perfect. Of course, Angel Di Maria is a man who knows what it takes to win the Champions League, and he’ll be hoping to add to his bright return to Benfica.

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg team news

David Jurasek suffered an ankle injury in the opening weekend of the Primeira Liga season and remains doubtful, but he appears to be Benfica’s only possible absentee.

Benfica team news

In  Out Doubtful
David Jurasek

The injury list is already high for Salzburg with no fewer than eight players out right now, with more facing doubts over their fitness.

Red Bull Salzburg team news

In  Out Doubtful
Bryan Okoh, Fernando, Daouda Guindo, Petar Ratkov, Nicolas Capaldo, Moussa Yeo, Mamady Diambou, Lukas Wallner Strahinja Pavlovic

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg head-to-head record

This will be the first-ever meeting between these two sides.

Benfica vs Red Bull Salzburg Squawka Says

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