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Dec 10, 2019, 12:30:00 PM

Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool: Curveballs in the do-or-die UCL fixture outlines the important plotlines in Liverpool’s do-or-die UCL fixture against Red Bull Salzburg.

Salzburg, with the third-best goal output in the UCL group stage this term (16 goals in five matches), have lost just one of their last 20 European fixtures on home soil and start as favourites against Liverpool. Die Mozartstädter have a better goal difference than their English visitors and must win to finish as winners of Group E.

Liverpool, the defending champions, need just a point from their trip to Austria to progress to the round of 16. The Reds held a crucial comeback from Salzburg in the reverse fixture, winning 4-3 thanks to a 69th-minute winner from Mohamed Salah. However, with only two wins in eight away group stage games, Liverpool are on the verge of being the second UCL holders to exit the competition at the end of the group stage.

Who can score first

Current UCL holders Liverpool are well-placed to open the scoring against Salzburg tonight, considering they plundered three first-half goals in the reverse fixture. Although, the hosts have been prolific on the goalscoring front and they might draw the first blood in the contest.

Correct score

Salzburg have scored 87 goals in 24 games in all competitions this season, thus emphasizing the intensity of the threat they can pose to Liverpool at home in their Matchday 6 fixture. Taking into account the form guide of both teams, we believe Salzburg will claim a come-from-behind 3-2 win over the English giants. 

Highest scoring half

The Red Bull Arena in Salzburg will play witness to a high-scoring second half tonight, on the back of a evenly-poised first 45 minutes between Liverpool and Red Bull Salzburg.

Clean sheet

A clean sheet can effectively be ruled out in this contest. 

First goalscorer

Erling Haaland, with 28 goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for Red Bull Salzburg, is the odds-on favourite to score first against Liverpool. The Norwegian youngster has eight goals in five games so far, and should he score tonight, Haaland will go on to become the first player in history to score in all group stage fixtures of a single UCL edition.

Mohamed Salah, with three goals and two assists this term, has been struggling for consistency and is urged to lead Liverpool from the crisis at hand. As the Reds require just a point to ensure their UCL title defence is on track, Egyptian superstar Salah must work out his magic against a formidable Salzburg and help Liverpool come out on top with a scoreline of four or more away goals to finish as Group E winners.

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Words: William Paul

Images: PA