Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Following a shocking 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea will look to record their first win in Group E when they host Salzburg to their Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. The Blues are seen as hot favourites to win the match, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Jorginho is widely expected to replace Mateo Kovacic in the starting XI, while Thiago Silva is back after he was given a rest in the Stadion Maksimir clash. N’Golo Kante is sidelined with injury, but he should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Red Bulls, on the other hand, did well to hold Milan to a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener, but they face an uphill task in London. Since Chelsea are a real force to be reckoned with at home, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. To make things even worse for the visiting side, their injury list is pretty full.
Highlighted Player (N Golo Kante):
Born in Paris in 1991, N’Golo Kante spent his early career playing for French minnows Boulogne and Caen, but he didn’t need a lot of time to catch the eye of high-profile clubs. The holding midfielder was on the verge of joining Marseille in the summer of 2015 when Leicester City submitted a £5.6 million for his services and he eventually signed for the King Power Stadium outfit.
Destiny appears to have played a part in the move as Kante would go on to become one of leading Premier League footballers in an unbelievable season that ended with the Foxes winning the Premiership trophy. Having deservedly been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, Kante would also receive the first ever call-up for the national team in March 2016, and he impressed in his first two appearances, scoring a goal in the 4-2 triumph over Russia.
A combative midfielder with an amazing pair of lungs, Kante impressed Premier League fans and pundits alike, and he will probably go down as one of the best holding midfielders to have ever played for an English club.
Highlighted Team (Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994.
Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien.
The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).