This is the final Match-day of the Champions League group stage and it’s going to be really interesting. Things have not yet settled in Group E, where Liverpool, Napoli and Salzburg are fighting for the two top spots. Salzburg will need a win when they will host Liverpool on Tuesday in order to qualify. Liverpool can do it even with a draw here, but they will also look for a win that will see them finish at the top of the group.
Date/Time: 12-10-2019, 12:55 EST
Spread: Liverpool -0.5
Total: 3.5 Goals
Salzburg (2-2-1) are coming off a really easy away win against Genk in their last match. They had already scored three goals when their opponents responded, but sealed off with a late goal for the final 4-1. They are now sitting at the 3rd spot of the group with 7 points, scoring 16 and conceding 11 goals so far. Four of their five matches have featured a whopping Over 4.5 Goals so far in the group stage. Salzburg have lost just one of their last 20 European home matches (15-1-4) but are on a four-match losing streak against Premier League sides.
On the other hand, Liverpool (3-1-1) fell victims to Napoli once again. They hosted the struggling Italian side in their last match, and the two teams split the points in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool are still sitting at the top of the group with 10 points, one ahead of Napoli and three ahead of Salzburg. They have been in really good form lately but they just kept their first clean sheet after 13 matches in all competitions.
Salzburg have been one of the surprise packages of the Champions League this season. In the reverse fixture in Liverpool they came back from three goals behind to tie it at 3-3, but conceded a late goal to eventually lose by 3-4. However, a simple win against Liverpool here would guarantee continuity in the knock-out stages. They have already capped the 3rd place that leads to the Europa League, but they will surely fight for more. Liverpool can qualify to the next round with even a draw here and this is not going to be easy for them.
Champions League Salzburg vs Liverpool Prediction: Salzburg +0.75 (-130)
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