RB Salzburg vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction, Preview & Betting Tips
Peter Stöger hopes to neglect his negative record when facing RB Salzburg for a second time in a week, when Borussia Dortmund will cross the Austrian border for a clash at the “Red Bull Arena” in Wals-Siezenheim. Surprisingly or not, RB Salzburg won the first leg in Dortmund after a brace by the Kosovo midfielder Valon Berisha, while Andre Schürrle scored the goal keeping the hope alive for The Black and Yellows.
Like we have already highlighted, Peter Stöger can’t boast a particular pleasing record in his previous meetings with The Red Bulls where most games of that history were in the Austrian Bundesliga, in a period when Stöger was in charge of several clubs including Austria Vienna. Dortmund coach Stöger has faced RB Salzburg 11 times as a manager: winning just one, drawing three and losing seven.
Having a solid lead in the domestic Bundesliga, RB Salzburg’s coach Marco Rose could afford to rotate and rest some players in the weekend when their winning streak (6 games in all competitions) has been ended with a 2-2 draw in Mattersburg. Nevertheless, “The Red Bulls” still are 8 points clear over the second-placed Sturm Graz and their big dream is surely looking towards a Europa League breakthrough.
Dortmund will cover the 750 km to Salzburg after a dramatic weekend success over Eintracht Frankfurt, inspired by the winter signing Michy Batshuayi, who netted a brace to end Dortmund’s winless run. Indeed, that was the first victory of Borussia Dortmund after four games without winning – 3 draws, 1 loss, although one of the draws (1-1 away to Atalanta) was enough to qualify Peter Stöger’s men into the Round of 16.
Find out the possible starting lineups of RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the chosen market.
UEFA Europa League: RB Salzburg vs Borussia Dortmund – Betting Tips and Prediction
Being third in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund are on the eve of a home match against Hannover 96 before an upcoming derby vs Bayern München right after the international break. This clearly marks an important period for Die Borussen who are determined to earn one of the Champions League spots and to do well in the UEFA Europa League as well. Thus Peter Stöger will use his optimal lineup but without the likes of an ineligible defender Manuel Akanji, as well as of Jeremy Toljan, Erik Durm, Shinji Kagawa, Andrey Yarmolenko, who are all injured.
Central defender Sokratis, who began on the bench against Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend, is expected to return in the starting lineup alongside Ömer Toprak. Belgium central forward Michy Batshuayi will also feature in the starting squad, most likely supported by Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic and Andre Schürrle from the second position.
RB Salzburg’s coach Marco Rose has no injury concerns and the Austria champion will be keen to cause one of the major Europa League shocks so far. “The Red Bulls” are unbeaten since end of August when they lost 0-1 to Sturm Graz, which is followed by 21 wins and 11 draws in all competitions.
Anyway, every streak comes to its end sooner or later and we believe that Dortmund have the quality to win near Salzburg. Our experts recommend betting on the away side here – Borussia Dortmund to win against RB Salzburg. An exceptional quality of the attacking players must work for Die Borussen, whose coach can still choose a starting offensive line between players like Mario Gótze, Marco Reus, Christian Pulisic, Maximilian Philipp, Andre Schürrle and Michy Batshuayi, despite all absentees for the clash in Salzburg.
Possible Starting Lineups of RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund
Venue: “Red Bull Arena”, Wals-Siezenheim, Salzburg.
Referee: Benoit Bastien from France.
RB Salzburg: Alexander Walke – Stefan Lainer, Duje Caleta–Car, Andre Ramalho, Andreas Ulmer – Amadou Haidara, Diadie Samassékou, Xaver Schlager – Valon Berisha – Munas Dabbur, Hee-Chan Hwang. (4-3-1-2)
Borussia Dortmund: Roman Bürki – Lukasz Piszczek, Sokratis, Ömer Toprak, Marcel Schmelzer – Julian Weigl, Nuri Sahin – Christian Pulisic, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle – Michy Batshuayi. (4-2-3-1)