Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Salzburg and Lille take on each other at Red Bull Arena in what is expected to be an exciting Champions League game. Les Dogues played out a goalless draw with Wolfsburg in their opener, but they have been in a fine form in the Ligue 1 of late, with the team beating both Reims and Strasbourg. Both Bamba and Sanches are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Experienced attacker Burak Yilmaz was rested in the victory over Strasbourg, but he should play some part in Wednesday’s showdown. The Red Bulls, on the other hand, were more than unfortunate not to beat Sevilla in their opener, with the team failing to convert two penalties in the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan clash. Salzburg, though, are tough to be at home, and we are positive that they will grab something from their second group game. All Junuzovic, Koita, Piatkowski, Solet, Vallci, and Wober are out of contention with injuries for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Zlatko Junuzovic):
Born in Serbia on 26 September 1987, Zlatko Junuzovic moved to Austria at the age of five and he eventually decided to represent his adopted country at international level. The central midfielder made a name for himself playing for Grazer AK, Austria Karnten and Austria Wien, but it was a move to Werder Bremen that earned him worldwide recognition.
Ever since 2012, Junuzovic has been one of Bundesliga’s leading midfielders, scoring a number of goals from set pieces and producing countless assists for his teammates, and it is a real wonder how he hasn’t joined a bigger club.
Capable of operating as a defensive midfielder, but much more dangerous as an attacking midfielder, Junuzovic has been a key player for Austria for several years now and he was in fine form as Das Team secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals. The highly rated midfielder has been a member of the national team for over ten years and chances are he will not be retiring any time soon.
Highlighted Team (Lille):
Lille have been playing an important role in French football ever since they were founded in 1944. Les Dogues won their first domestic trophy in the 1945/1946 season.
Lille did well to win their second Ligue 1 title in 1954 and 57 years later they lifted their last domestic title. Les Douges finished the 2010/2011 season in top position in the standings, eight points clear of second-placed Olympique Marseille and it has to be noted that Lille attacker Moussa Sow won the Golden Boot (25 goals).
Lille are one of the two teams that managed to win three consecutive Coupe de France trophies (1946, 1947, 1948), but they have yet to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue title. Les Dogues faced PSG in the 2015/2016 Coupe de la Ligue trophy, but les Parisiens proved to be a big catch for Frederic Antonetti’s team in the title game.
Lille play their home matches at Stade Pierre-Mauroy and the capacity of the stadium is 50.186. The venue was opened in August, 2017 and the construction cost €282 million.