Red Bull Salzburg finished five points behind Austria Vienna last season, yet both of them are playing the qualifiers for the Champions League. The team blocking their way is Fenerbahce, an opponent that knows how to capitalize on homepage advantage without being particularly aggressive on the road.
Bet: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: Pinnacle Sports 2.00
Salzburg won both games in the Bundesliga this season by 5-1 and the recent victory over Austria Vienna is arguably the most impressive one. The hosts used three strikers and Soriano rose to the challenge by scoring four goals in two games, the same as midfielder Kampl. The Austrian team will stick to the same starting formation tonight, despite the fact that they meet an opponent who has played in the Champions League before and is deadly on the counterattack.
Fenerbahce invested a lot of money to strengthen its team, but so far they failed to make a deep run in the Champions League. Coach Yanal plans on taking it one step at a time and make the group stage first, although time is quickly running out for his aging players. Kuyt, Webo and Senturk have all passed the 30 years threshold and Mousa Sow from Senegal is 27 and is used mostly as a substitute for one of the aforementioned strikers. Yanal will probably stick to the same team used against PSV last week in a friendly game, but won’t hesitate to introduce the third striker if Salzburg takes an early lead.
Fenerbahce will patiently wait for the second leg and hope to secure qualification in Istanbul, and allow Red Bull Salzburg to take the initiative. This could lead to a potentially explosive situation and punters should take advantage of this favorable context by taking Pinnacle Sports’ even odds for more than 2.5 goals to be scored.