Red Bull Salzburg vs. Atletico Madrid Match Analysis and Prediction

The chances of a last 16 spot in the Champions League hangs in the balance for Atletico Madrid on the final day of the Group A fixture. Red Bull Salzburg welcomes the Red Bull Arena visitors this Wednesday with a kickoff at 11 pm.

The La Liga leaders are currently two points better off than their opponents heading into the clash. It means that anything other than defeat will see them through with Bayern Munich.

Atletico took the game to Bayern Munich, ending a 1-1 home draw who have a 15 unbeaten streak in the competition. If Joao Felix’s early goal against Bayern stood the whole match, it could have been a dead rubber match this Wednesday. However, a late penalty converted by Thomas Muller proved the difference.

As it stands, Diego Simone’s side needs to pick points in Austria to progress to the last 16. The challenge for Salzburg is simple to either win the match or drop into the Europa League. It is assumed that Lokomotiv Moscow does not beat Bayern Munich in the other Group A fixture.

Jesse Marsch’s side lost 3-2 to Atletico in the reverse fixture and was humbled by Bayern Munich at home and away. It presents the first Champions League campaign for Salzburg that they win successive matches, while Atletico has never drawn four in a row, which could prove the case here.

RB Salzburg vs. Atletico Madrid Head to Head

Both sides have one match against each other, with Atletico taking the win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:

Home

Flyeralarm Admira 1-0 RB Salzburg

Lokomotiv 1-3 Salzburg

SKN St. Polten 2-8 Salzburg

Bayern Munich 3-1 Salzburg

Salzburg 1-3 SK Sturm Graz

Away

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Vallavoid

Atletico 1-1 Bayern Munich

Valencia 0-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Lokomotiv Moscow

Atletico 1-0 Barcelona

RB Salzburg Team News

Patson Daka is back in the starting lineup but faces an uphill task in uprooting Mergim Berisha, who has netted four Champions League goals. Diakite, Bernede, and Diarra are ruled out of the contest.

Atletico Madrid Team News

Absentees ahead of the clash include Renan Lodi, Yannick Carasco, Diego Costa, Sime Vrsaljko, and Manu Sanchez. Luis Suarez is back in the starting lineup after a four-game absence at the weekend. Simeone will have to either go with a back five or four that will determine whether Vitolo starts or not.

Prediction and Odds

Atletico struggled in carrying their domestic form, especially with all the pressure in progressing from the group.

Draw

Both Teams to Score

Most Goals: 2H

 

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