It’s the penultimate round of Champions League games coming up this week and we take a look at the 5:45pm BST kick-off between Austrian Bundesliga leaders FC Salzburg and Premier League club Chelsea on Tuesday afternoon from the Stadion Salzburg. Group E is still wide open so the result of this game will have a major influence on who is qualifying for the last 16.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the latest Champions League tips, betting odds, and trends for FC Salzburg versus Chelsea!
FC Salzburg Betting Trends
FC Salzburg continue to lead the way in the Austrian Bundesliga and it’s also looking positive on the European front with the team in 2nd place in the group heading into these final two group games. Head coach Matthias Jaissle has led his team to an unbeaten run of 4 games having won 1 and drawn 3 of their group matches so far. It’s been a fascinating campaign for the Red Bulls so far with the team scoring just 4 goals but only conceding 3 goals. Noah Okafor has bagged 3 goals in their 4 group games with his goals helping to deliver 5 of the 6 points they have earned up to this point.
The club have now scored exactly 1 goal in each of their last 7 Champions League games. It goes without saying that backing less than 2.5 goals to be scored looks like the obvious choice given the average goals scored in Salzburg games in the Champions League this season is just 1.75 goals per game. The team are also undefeated in 9 home games across all competitions so far this season making the Stadion Salzburg a proper fortress.
Chelsea Betting Trends
Chelsea are showing what a resilient side they have become under Graham Potter. The 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United on the weekend was a disappointing result given that the Red Devils equalised in the fourth minute of added-on time. It was especially frustrating given it appeared that Jorginho had bagged the winner from the penalty spot in the 87th minute. The Blues are now unbeaten in 8 matches in all competitions under Potter. This run of results had moved the Londoners up to 5th position in the Premier League and put them top of their group in the Champions League.
A victory here would move Chelsea onto the magic 10 points mark and book their place in the last 16. One of the key foundations of Potter’s short reign with the club so far has been the resolute approach of the defence. Chelsea have only conceded 1 goal across their last 6 matches. It was also clear to see the difference in performance between their disappointing 1-0 loss away to Dinamo Zagreb at the start of the group under Thomas Tuchel and the efficient display in the 2-0 away win over AC Milan under Potter. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks a sound pick at odds of 2.75 as an anytime scorer having scored a goal in each of their last two games in this competition.
FC Salzburg vs Chelsea Betting Tips
The game was tightly-contested when these two clubs met earlier in the group with a 1-1 draw played out at Stamford Bridge. That game came less than a week after Potter was appointed as Chelsea boss so the players were still getting to grips with his new style. Weeks down the line and you have to feel that Chelsea are looking more comfortable under Potter’s management and they’ll be a tougher proposition for FC Salzburg this time around, even on Salzburg’s own patch.
When a team’s defence is as solid as Chelsea’s is right now you have to back them to keep a clean sheet at the value being offered. Salzburg have been far from prolific in the Champions League over the past couple of seasons so this won’t be a goal fest and that will play into Chelsea’s hands as they look to grab the win that will send them into the knockout phase.
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