Red Star Belgrade v Red Bull Salzburg Betting Tips & Preview – Tuesday 21st August 2018

Red Star Belgrade and Red Bull Salzburg go head-to-head over two legs for a place in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stage. On Tuesday night, the pair meet at the Red Star Stadium in Belgrade for the first leg of this play-off. These two sides have not met in any competition since the 1976/77 UEFA Cup.

This first leg could go either way in Serbia, as both teams seek a positive result. However, Salzburg are fancied to win on the night and are the strong favourites to qualify overall. This first game in the Serbian capital could be a tense and tight affair, though.

Top Tips

Red Bull Salzburg to Win to Nil @ 23/10

Red Bull Salzburg to Win 1-0 @ 11/2

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Red Star Belgrade Form

Red Star have made a fine start to their league campaign, winning four out of four so far to sit pretty at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga table. Belgrade have won the title in Serbia three times in the last five seasons. Last term, Crvena Zvezda finished a staggering 17 points above second-placed Partizan, winning 32 of 37 league matches along the way.

On their way to the Champions League play-off round, Vladan Milojevic’s side have seen off Spartaks Jurmala, FK Suduva and Spartak Trnava. In the previous round against Trnava, Red Star scraped through with a 3-2 win on aggregate.

Spartak Trnava v Red Star Belgrade 14th August 1-2 Win
Red Star Belgrade v Sp Subotica 12th August 3-0 Win
Red Star Belgrade v Spartak Trnava 7th August 1-1 Draw

Red Bull Salzburg Form

Salzburg went on an incredible journey in Europe last term, reaching the final four of the UEFA Europa League. Having edged past the likes of Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio, Red Bull were finally knocked out by Marseille in the semi-finals. Marco Rose and his side would love to produce something similar in the Champions League this season.

The Austrian Bundesliga champions have started this season in tremendous form. Die Roten Bullen have won seven league and cup matches in a row so far. After taking maximum points from four games in the league, Rose’s troops are two points clear in Austria’s top flight at present. Can Red Bull book their place in this term’s Champions League by seeing off Red Star Belgrade over two legs?

Red Bull Salzburg v Hartberg 18th August 2-0 Win
Shkendija v Red Bull Salzburg 14th August 0-1 Win
Red Bull Salzburg v Austria Vienna 11th August 2-0 Win

Head to Head Stats

You have to go all the way back to 1976 for the last time these two sides met (before Salzburg took on the Red Bull moniker), when the pair went head-to-head over two legs in the second round. After two closely-fought legs, Belgrade went through on away goals. Having lost 2-1 loss in Austria, Red Star got the job done with a 1-0 win on home turf.

3rd Nov 1976 Red Star Belgrade 1-0 Red Bull Salzburg Red Star Belgrade UEFA Cup
20th Oct 1976 Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 Red Star Belgrade Red Bull Salzburg UEFA Cup

Injuries & Suspensions

Red Star have no registered injuries, but that’s far from the case for Salzburg. The likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Jerome Onguene, Kilian Ludewig and Masaya Okugawa are the latest players to join Red Bull’s growing injury list. Meanwhile, striker Hee-Chan Hwang is on international duty with South Korea.

Red Bull Salzburg

  • Patrick Farkas - Still recovering from a cruciate ligament injury
  • Philipp Kohn - Likely to miss out with a knee issue
  • Dominik Szoboszlai - Recently suffered a knock to his ankle
  • Hee-Chan Hwang - On international duty
  • Jerome Onguene - Could miss out due to a back problem
  • Kilian Ludewig - Groin strain could prevent him from playing
  • Masaya Okugawa - Side-lined with an ankle injury
  • Fredrik Gulbrandsen - Unavailable for a few weeks as he recovers from a thigh strain

Betting Tips

After their heroics in the Europa League last season, Red Bull Salzburg will be hoping to make an impact in the Champions League this time around. Rose has built a team who are very difficult to play against, and his side beat some huge names on their way to the semi-final last term. However, with Belgrade being at home in the first leg, Red Bull must keep things tight at the back. Salzburg are the 21/20 favourites to win on the night, while the hosts are available at the tempting price of 13/5. This could be close, but we fancy the visitors to return to Austria with a vital away win.

Red Bull Salzburg to Win to Nil

Salzburg have been remarkably strong at the back this season, shipping just one goal in seven league and cup games. Red Bull have kept clean sheets in each of their last five, and we fancy Rose’s side to win to nil (23/10) on Tuesday.

Red Bull Salzburg to Win 1-0

Red Star don’t concede many either, so we can’t see there being many goals in this first leg. With that in mind, put a few quid on Salzburg to leave Serbia with a 1-0 win, which is nicely priced at 11/2.

Smail Prevljak to Score First

Having netted a brace last weekend, back Smail Prevljak to score first on Tuesday at the solid odds of 5/1.

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