Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Chelsea will be aiming to extend their winning run in Group E to three games when they face Salzburg at Red Bull Arena on Tuesday. The Blues have been producing fine displays in all competitions ever since Graham Potter took over the reins, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as hot favourites to win this match. Marc Cucurella limped off with injury in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the weekend, with Mateo Kovacic likely to step up.
Both Reece James and Wesley Fofana continue to miss out through injuries. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, played out a boring goalless draw with Sturm Graz in their last league match, and given the number of absentees in the home team, away win should definitely be considered. All Capaldo, Diakite, Fernando, Kameri, Koita, Okoh, Omoregie, and Tijani are likely to miss the Champions League game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Kovacic):
Born to Croatian parents in Linz, Austria, Mateo Kovacic spent seven years in the LASK Linz youth academy before joining Dinamo Zagreb, where he showed a great deal of potential shortly after being promoted to the senior squad.
The good return of 7 goals in 43 league appearances saw him secure a high-profile move to Inter Milan, where he acted as both holding midfielder and attacking midfielder, during the three years at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. And despite not exactly impressing in Italy, Kovacic was purchased by mighty Real Madrid, where he has been ever since. The youngster is widely regarded as one of Croatia’s most talented footballers at the moment and he has represented the country on international stage since the age of 19.
In just three years he managed to make over 25 appearances for the national team, playing at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 finals for Vatreni. Kovavic has yet to be given a real chance to impress at Real Madrid, but he has entire future ahead of him.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.