RB Salzburg vs. Chelsea
September 14, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Chelsea -290 / Salzburg +700 // Total: 2.5
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Chelsea and RB Salzburg face off on Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League Group E showdown at Stamford Bridge.
RB Salzburg is currently tied for second place in the group, having picked up a point. RB Salzburg opened up the season against AC Milan, and they played to a 1-1 draw. Noah Okafor scored a goal in the 28th minute, but the defense gave up a goal in the 40th minute. They only had 34 percent of the possession, and they need to be better in this game. Over the weekend, RB Salzburg faced off against Ried, and they were defeated 3-0. Salzburg is super banged up heading into this game, and they are going to be without Maximilian Wober, Oumar Solet, Kamil Piatkowski, Bryan Okoh, Mamady Diambou, Ousmane Diakite, Samson Tijani, Luka Sucic, Justin Omoregie and Sekou Koita in this game.
On the other side of this matchup is Chelsea, and they sit in 4th place in the standings having picked up zero points. In the last game against Dinamo Zagreb, Chelsea couldn’t get on the board and that led to the one-run defeat. Chelsea had 69 percent of the possession but only three shots on target and that led to the defeat. This has been a disappointing season for Chelsea and if they don’t pick up the three points here, that would only add to the struggles. N’Golo Kante, is dealing with an ankle injury, and he won’t be able to go in this game. Reece James is expected to be in the defense in this game, and it’s going to be important that the defense is strong in this game.
Chelsea has struggled heading into this game, but it’s going to change in this game. RB Salzburg is really banged up heading into this game and I expect their defense is going to struggle to defend. Even without Kante, this is a Chelsea team that can score./ Look for Chelsea to score two or three goals and that will be the difference as they get the job done. Back Chelsea -1.5 to cash.