European champions Liverpool will be aiming to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night as they face Red Bull Salzburg.
Heading into their final group match of the 2019/20 campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds need at least a point to qualify, whilst depending on Napoli’s result against Genk, they could also top the group. Having said that, the Austrian outfit also have aspirations of qualifying, with a victory against the Merseysiders enough to see them progress. Liverpool are more fancied to qualify at odds of 1/5 with Paddy Power. Meanwhile, Salzburg sit at a price of 11/4.
A victory on this certain occasion would certainly be key in deciding who progresses to the next round, then. Travelling to the Red Bull Arena, Liverpool have an extremely tough assignment in attempting to earn victory against a Salzburg side that have only lost one game at home all season. They are still fancied to do that though with a price of 20/23 with Betfair. The hosts meanwhile could be a solid bet to continue their excellent run on home soil. Jesse Marsch’s men sit at odds of 29/10, with a draw at 16/5.
One aspect that could be guaranteed between the two on Tuesday evening are goals. Between them this year in the Champions League, the teams have conceded 19 goals. As a matter of fact, neither side have managed to keep a clean sheet between them this season in the competition. This was extremely well highlighted in Liverpool’s 4-3 success the last time the two met in back in October. Both teams to find the net this time around can be backed at 2/5 with William Hill.
Whilst the two teams have been unconvincing defensively, one aspect that has not been left wanting is their attacking ability. Red Bull Salzburg have one of the most clinical strikers in Europe in their ranks in the form of Erling Braut Haaland. He is at odds of 9/2 to open the scoring on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, Mo Salah has scored the most goals in the Champions League for Liverpool this season and sits at a price of 4/1 to net the opening strike of the game.
The Reds have elsewhere been handed a significant defensive boost, with Dejan Lovren having travelled to Austria. However, Adam Lallana and Joel Matip are out of the match. Salzburg also have a considerable list of their own, with Sekou Koita, Patrick Farkas and Antoine Bernede all restricted to the sidelines.