RB Salzburg vs Sevilla predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League fixture. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Sevilla face a decisive final group game in Austria.
|Date||Wednesday 8th December 2021|
|Kick-Off||21:00 (local time)|
|Stadium||Red Bull Arena|
|Competition||UEFA Champions League Group Stage|
RB Salzburg vs Sevilla Preview
Sevilla head to Austria on Wednesday with everything up in the air when it comes to their European future this season. They could still end up winning Group G and progressing into the knockout stages as a seeded team. However lose here and they will be out and potentially out of Europe altogether with it by no means impossible that Julen Lopetegui’s side end the evening bottom of a group they were favourites to win.
The same is true of RB Salzburg who could also finish anywhere between 1st and 4th but the Austrians are in a stronger position with a point more on the board heading into this. In reality the situation isn’t as complicated as it sounds for Sevilla. Win and they will progress, anything less and they will be out of the Champions League.
It did take Sevilla until matchday 5 to put maximum points on the board in this competition. Goals from Joan Jordan and Rafa Mir sealed a 2-0 home win against Wolfsburg. They’ve since lost 2-1 at Real Madrid in LaLiga in a game where they should have got a result before beating Villarreal 1-0 at home where they were perhaps fortunate to win. There’s certainly no danger of them being uncompetitive here but it’s more doubtful whether they will be able to produce enough moments of real quality to secure the win that would seal progress, particularly with some important players missing.
RB Salzburg caused real problems for Sevilla in the first meeting, winning three 1st Half penalties in their MD1 clash at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. Only their wastefulness from 12 yards denied them victory and they certainly won’t fear the Spanish side based on their experiences in Seville.
However the Austrians do have some significant problems heading into this clash. They are currently dealing with a number of injuries which may see them be without seven players here. That crisis has clearly hit their recent form, even in a league where they are usually very dominant. RB Salzburg come into this having won just 2 of their last 7 overall and those were both narrow league wins by a single goal. They’ve lost their last two Champions League games, going down 2-1 in Wolfsburg and 1-0 in Lille but they do still hold onto 2nd place heading into this game.
Head to Head
- The sides drew 1-1 on matchday 1.
- They had previously met in the 2008/09 Europa League group stage.
- Sevilla won both meetings 2-0 during that campaign.
RB Salzburg are expected to be without a number of injured players including Noah Okafo, Maximilian Wöber and Bernardo.
Sevilla are missing Youssef En-Nesyri and Jesus Navas and are sweating over the fitness of Marcos Acuña and Erik Lamela.
RB Salzburg vs Sevilla Predictions
Score Prediction: RB Salzburg 1-2 Sevilla
Sevilla are a team packed full of players with European experience and they know how to deal with most situations. They may just have enough here with RB Salzburg looking a bit out of sorts at the moment with injuries taking their toll. The Austrians have never made it out of a Champions League group either and it may just be that it’s the visitors who better handle the occasion and the pressure here.
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