Tip Salzburg - Genk
After years of trying, RB Salzburg are into the Champions League group stage. The Austrian side have been a consistent presence in the qualifiers, until this term. After years of missing out as the group stage loomed, they qualified automatically. Now that they’ve finally broken that hoodoo, there are plenty of people who think that they’ll impress in this group. Salzburg are up against it in their last 16 push, with Napoli and Liverpool their other opponents in this group. They will need to achieve something spectacular in order to make it into the next round. However, the Austrian champions have the perfect chance to show what they can do straight off the bat, given the standard of their next opponents. Genk come here with a poor return in Europe, while they have picked up 10 points from a possible 21 in their domestic league this term. The visitors were beaten 2-1 at Sporting Charleroi at the weekend, hardly the best way to warm up for this clash on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Salzburg are in their usual position – sitting top of the Bundesliga. They have only played seven matches, but already they are now five points clear at the summit. Their domestic dominance shows no sign of ending, while it could be paired with success in Europe as they have the perfect opening fixture to settle in. The hosts have won seven from seven going into this clash, while their success in the Europa League over the years suggests they can thrive against a side like Genk. The visitors are returning to this competition for the first time in eight years, with their last five clashes in the Champions League seeing them lost 16-2 on aggregate. We expect Salzburg to follow up on that form, with the hosts claiming a 7-2 win over Hartberg at the weekend to show their red hot form. They stuck seven goals past the side who are currently fifth in the table, so we can see them racking up a few strikes when they make their way into Champions League action.
Key points Salzburg - Genk
Genk have been poor in Europe in recent years.
The home side are the favourites to win.
For Salzburg this is their first appearance in the group stages of the Champions League for 25 years.
Conclusion Salzburg - Genk
We are going with Salzburg to win this clash with a -1 handicap, which seems like solid value given Genk’s Champions League run. On top of that, we are backing Salzburg to claim a 3-0 victory on Tuesday, adding to Genk’s suffering in this competition. With the hosts in supreme scoring form, we expect them to put on a show for the home crowd in this one.
Salzburg Genk Prediction published on September 17, 2019