Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Inter will look to extend their winning run in Group D to three games when they take on Salzburg at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening. The Nerazzurri defeated the Red Bulls 2-1 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza two weeks ago and a triumph at Red Bull Arena should see Simone Inzaghi’s troops seal their spot in the last 16. Even though defender Benjamin Pavard limped off with injury in a 2-1 win over Atalanta at the weekend, away triumph should definitely be considered as Inter have been in a fine form of late.
The Austrian champions, on the other hand, are eager to keep their knockout stages hopes alive and seeing that they will adopt an attack-minded approach this time out, we predict that Lautaro Martinez and Co. are going to seal the victory on the break. All Fernando, Koita, Omoregie, Piatkowski, Terzic, and Wallner are struggling with injuries, speaking of the home side.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
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).