Salzburg v Rijeka Betting Tips: Goals at both ends on the cards at Red Bull Arena
Sports betting writer Bradley Gibbs takes a look at Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier between Salzburg and Rijeka at the Red Bull Stadium in Salzburg.
After cruising to victory against Maltese side Hibernians in the last round, Salzburg are back in Champions League action on Wednesday evening as they welcome Croatian side Rijeka to the Red Bull Arena. The visitors also came through the last round with plenty in hand and so an interesting match lies in store here.
As the hosts, and probably the better known side, at least to a wider audience, Salzburg come into this match as warm favourites. The Austrians were comfortable winners on their own patch last time out and have a strong home record to boot; however, their opponents, who were crowned as champions in Croatia last season, are no mugs and could easily get something from this match. The bet that stands out is ‘Both Teams to Score’ at 10/11 with William Hill. Given their respective scoring records, both teams should feel optimistic about finding the net in this fixture.
As mentioned previously, Salzburg have a fine scoring record on their own patch and so it would be a surprise if they failed to notch here. Not only did they score three at home in the last round but they’ve also scored in 100% of their historical home Champions League fixtures – a 19-game-run which stretches back as far as 2006. Impressive indeed. What’s more, having scored at least once in each of their last 21 matches at Red Bull Arena, it’s now eight months since they were last shutout out on home soil in all competitions. Given these records, it would be a big disappointment if they weren’t able to score in this match, especially since Rijeka, for all their own attacking prowess, conceded away from home against a team who’re undoubtedly weaker than Salzburg in the last round.
Scoring goals is one thing but keeping them out is another and keeping them out is something that Salzburg have struggled with in recent times. A clean sheet against minnows Hibernians last week was their first in seven home matches. Such a record should fill the visitors with plenty of confidence.
Having scored five away against Welsh side TNS in the last round, Rijeka, who’re certainly no strangers to scoring goals, must surely fancy their chances of scoring an all-important away goal in this fixture. The Croatian outfit not only ran riot in front of goal in this competition last week, but they come here having scored in each of their last six away matches, as well as in nine of their last ten. They’ve also conceded in four of their last five on the road and so, with Salzburg likely to get on the front on their own patch, you wouldn’t fancy them to keep a clean sheet but don’t rule them out going forward.
As two teams who’re both adept at scoring goals go head-to-head, it’s easy to think that both should have enough about them to notch at least once each, especially given their recent exploits. ‘Both Teams to Score’ is very much the way to go in Salzburg on Wednesday evening.
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