Crvena zvezda vs Salzburg
Crvena Zvezda host Salzburg in the 1st match of this CL qual. tie.
Both teams are in amazingly good form and don't know what a loss practically means during this season. Infact Crvena Zvezda are without a loss since February, while Salzburg since May. I really enjoy both teams'performances in the recent months and the draw was so harsh for them to play against each other. With such a good form they both deserved to play in CL groups, but only the winner will qualify for CL, while the loser will be in EL group stages. So, what I know from previous seasons is that at this stage of CL, home factor is a big bonus and in such close matches it's almost impossible to see away win, if there is not included factor like red card/s.
Crvena Zvezda succeeded to eliminate Jurmala, Suduva and Spartak Trnava on their way to the final qual. stage before CL groups. Their performance is amazing not only in this Europe competition, but also in the domestic league. They postponed their weekend match against Napredak, so the team looks fresh after their last match was a week ago against Trnava. Their left winger Nemanja Radonjic is the star of the team and he is expected to have a bright future in the next years, because he is still 22 years old.
Salzburg is a team which usually plays with high pressure, but I strongly doubt it will happen in Serbia tonight. At this stage it's important to score away goal, but also you have to be very careful in defense. Maybe most of the people expect goals here, at least two in both nets, but I will never try to make predictions about the number of goals at this stage, we don't know coaches'tactics for these clashes. The biggest problem for Slazburg is the nimber of missing players. They did excellent even without them, because they have a deep squad, but still some of them are very creative and important players. Fredrik Gulbrandsen is maybe the biggest missing, because he is one of their main strikers. Hee-Chan Hwang is called to the national team, so he will also miss the match- last season this attacking-minded player was very important and is expected to have his big role again during this season. Other missings for the visitors are Philipp Koln(GK), Partick Farkas(RB), Kilian Ludewig(RB), Jerome Onguene(CB), Masaya Okugawa(ML) and Dominik Szoboszlai(MF). They are performing solid even without them, but now they will have their toughest test since the start of the season and it's a visit to Zvezda in Serbia in very hot atmosphere.
To sum up all the written things- I expect to see a very close match and Zvezda not to lose in Belgrade. Home factor is very important, Serbian players are always big fighters and they will not look only for the draw, they will try to take advantage before the 2nd leg in Austria. So, in a match between two teams still without a loss, draw in the most possible outcome, but we never know, maybe Zvezda can surprise badly the Austrians. 1X is my pick here!
Crvena zvezda vs Salzburg prediction
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