Sevilla vs. Red Bull Salzburg
September 14, 2021 12:45 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -163, Under 2.5 +130
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Sevilla is hosting Red Bull Salzburg at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in round 1 of Group G of the UEFA Champions League. Sevilla has been playing well dating back to last season, and they are now undefeated in their last 9 games. Salzburg is the best team in Austria, and it’s not even a competition, and they are now on a 12-game winning streak.
Sevilla is a great team, a well-balanced team, and they are one of the top 4 teams in LaLiga. In LaLiga, Sevilla is in 5th place with 7 points, and they are still undefeated with only 1 conceded goal so far. The good news for Sevilla is their LaLiga game got postponed this past weekend, and that is a chance for some of their injured or questionable players to recover for this match. With the addition of Rafa Mir, Erik Lamela from Tottenham, and Thomas Delaney from Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla has gained a lot of depth and much needed reinforcements in their midfield, but they have also gotten some great goalscorers who will certainly help them in the attacking end. Sevilla has a great coach, they have kept all of their defenders, and that was good for them so far, and in the first three games of the season, Sevilla’s offense has done really well. It’s not an easy group, most of the teams are pretty equal, but Sevilla is definitely the best.
As I’ve mentioned, Salzburg is the best team in Austria, they are on a fantastic winning streak, and that is a team that produced many great players, Haaland included. In the Austrian Bundesliga, Salzburg is in the first place, and after 7 games, they already have a 7-point advantage. Salzburg has conceded only 4 goals, but they have scored impressive 19 goals. Once again, there are many talented players in this team, and it’s only a matter of time before they move to bigger clubs, but for now, they will be a huge threat in this group. Just because Salzburg is not from one of the European top leagues, doesn’t mean they can’t win games, and I think there is a big case to be made for Salzburg to end in one of the top two spots in this group. Salzburg has had a stronger group last season, and they ended up in 3rd place which got them into the Europa League but given their excellent form so far this season, they will be easy to beat.
Sevilla has won both games against Salzburg in the past, but that was over 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since. We know that Sevilla is scoring a lot more this season, they are more dangerous, but it would be foolish to underestimate Salzburg here. I’m taking goals on both sides.