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Salzburg vs Benfica prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: Tuesday 12th December 2023
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK, 21:00 CET
Venue: Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Salzburg vs Benfica top free betting tips

The Austrian giants face off against the Portuguese giants in a match from Group D of the Champions League. Salzburg are pretty much confirmed to finish in a third spot which would see the Austrian club fall into the Europa League while Benfica will be exiting the Champions League at the group stage after collecting just one point so far.

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

For our first prediction, we predict that the total number of goals in this fixture will be 2.5 or more. Benfica has conceded ten times in five Champions League matches this season giving the Portuguese club an average of two goals conceded per match and the club are scoring at just under one goal per match. Salzburg have struggled to find their scoring boots thus far and has scored just three times in five matches, but, with the pressure pretty much off for this fixture, we believe that will help Salzburg in their quest to find those shooting boots. Salzburg managed to score two of their three goals in the previous match against Benfica in Portugal so with the Austrian side having home advantage, that should help.

Both teams to score prediction: Yes

For our second prediction, we predict that both sides will find the back of the net. In Austria, Salzburg is unsurprisingly top of the table and has scored on average two goals per match but the club has seemed a bit all over the place defensively also and with the players that Benfica do have, they should be able to score at least once. Benfica has scored twenty-four times in thirteen matches in the top flight of Portuguese football. Benfica has incredible attacking talent such as Rafa Silva, Petar Musa and Angel Di Maria who should be able to find the back of Salzburg's net.

Correct score prediction: 2-1 to Red Bull Salzburg

Our third and final prediction, we go to the correct score market and have put Salzburg to walk away with a 2-1 victory over their opponents from Portugal. Benfica has picked up just one point from their five group-stage matches so far and even managed to fall to a 2-0 defeat to Salzburg in the return fixture which was at Benfica's stadium. Both sides do not have much to play for so the pressure will be off which could well help both teams, but with Salzburg's home advantage, we can only see this match going one way.

Red Bull Salzburg vs Benfica team news

Red Bull Salzburg have the opportunity to drop some key starters like Karim Konate and Lucas Gourna-Douath for this match. It is unknown whether the club will do that, however. Salzburg's Aleksa Terzic, Dijon Kameri, Kaurits Kjaergaard and Oumar Solet are all confirmed to be out with injuries for the Austrian outfit. Meanwhile, Benfica are without Alexander Bah and David Neres who have both been sidelined for a couple of weeks.

Red Bull Salzburg predicted lineup vs Benfica

Schlager, Dedic, Piatkowski, Pavlovic, Ulmer; Gourna-Douath; Capaldo, Sucic; Gloukh, Simic, Konate.

Benfica predicted lineup vs Red Bull Salzburg

Trubin, Aursnes, Victor, Otamendi, Morato; Neves, Kocku; Di Maria, Silva, Mario; Musa.

Is Juan Bernat fit for this game?

Juan Bernat has not played a match for Benfica since a 2-0 victory over Arouca in the Taca da Liga in October having suffered an injury. The PSG loanee has since been back to full training and is in with a chance of being included in the squad for this match. Roger Schmidt could drop Morato to bring back Juan Bernat to the starting team.

Red Bull Salzburg vs Benfica: What the fans think

Salzburg's official account tweets about the match

 

Team update for the travelling Benfica squad

 

How far will Benfica fans travel to Salzburg, Austria?

The travelling Benfica fans will have to make a journey of over 5,000km in total for this long trip from Portugal to Salzburg. The Portuguese players will also be in for a weather change with the current temperature in Portugal over 10 degrees warmer than the weather in Salzburg.

​​FAQs regarding Red Bull Salzburg vs Benfica

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What was Salzburg's last result? 1-0 win against Rapid Vienna.
What was Benfica's last result? 1-1 draw against Farense.
Who is the player to watch? Karim Konate.


Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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