Sevilla vs RB Salzburg predictions and match preview for Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news, predicted lineups and fantasy football picks as Julen Lopetegui’s men target a winning start to their group campaign.
|Tuesday 14th September 2021
|18:45 (local time)
|Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
|UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Sevilla vs RB Salzburg Preview
Sevilla get their latest European campaign underway with a testing home game against RB Salzburg. The Andalusian team will be hoping to finally step up from regular Europa League contenders to a serious force in Europe’s premier competition this season and they arguably have as good a chance as ever of doing just that.
Holding onto Jules Kounde during the transfer window was key and few teams in this competition will have a better defence than Julen Lopetegui’s side. While their new arrivals may not have been players likely to take them to that next level on an individual basis, there is real depth to the squad and they will fancy their chances of not only getting through what is a relatively weak group, but potentially topping it.
That would put Sevilla in a strong position to potentially make the Quarter Finals for only the second time in the Champions League era. They will be hungry to get off to a winning start here and their hopes are boosted by the fact they got a rest at the weekend after the postponement of their scheduled game against Barcelona. They’ve not hit top gear yet this season, but 7 points from 3 league matches still represents a solid start with new boy Erik Lamela something of a surprise star, netting 3 of their 5 goals so far this term.
RB Salzburg are increasingly becoming a regular feature in the UCL group stage. This is their third straight season at this stage and they will be hoping to go one better having finished 3rd in their groups in both 2019/20 and 2020/21. They’ve not struggled for goals at this level but have invariably come unstuck against the elite teams, taking just 1 point from their 4 games against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid last term.
They also came up against Spanish opposition when they dropped into the Europa League last term but immediately exited the competition losing both legs against eventual winners Villarreal. This term, they’ve had to see off Brondby to make the group stage again, winning 2-1 in both legs of their play-off against the Danish champions. Despite losing some key men in recent years, their faith in youth continues and they could potentially start with two teenagers up front here in the shape of Benjamin Sesko and Karim Adeyemi.
Head to Head
- The sides last met in the 2008/09 Europa League group stage.
- Sevilla won both meetings 2-0.
Sevilla are expecting to be at full strength having not played a game in two and a half weeks.
Salzburg are missing Sekou Koita and Albert Vallci to injury.
Predicted Sevilla Starting Lineup:
Bono – Acuna, Kounde, Carlos, Navas – Fernando, Jordan – Ocampos, Gomez, Suso – En-Nesyri (4-2-3-1)
Predicted RB Salzburg Starting Lineup:
Kohn – Ulmer, Wober, Solet, Kristensen – Capaldo, Camara, Seiwald – Sucic – Adeyemi, Sesko (4-3-1-2)
Sevilla vs RB Salzburg Predictions
Score Prediction: Sevilla 3-1 RB Salzburg
Salzburg are usually a team that looks to play positive football so we could be in for a good game here at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. The visitors have a sprinkling of young talent hoping to make a name for themselves on the big stage but Sevilla’s extra experience and all-round quality should be telling over 90 minutes.