Champions League Group E resumes on Wednesday with Red Bull Salzburg hosting Dinamo Zagreb in the first game of a doubleheader following a break for international soccer.
The teams, who will meet again in Croatia the following week, are divided by one point in the rankings after each prevented Chelsea from winning their group.
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Red Bull Salzburg vs Dinamo Zagreb Tips and Prediction
Following a respectable 1-1 draw against Italian champions Milan to start their most recent Champions League campaign, RB Salzburg sought to build on that success by pulling off an upset at Stamford Bridge.
However, after coming from behind to defeat Chelsea, the Austrian champions were left with just one point, with another goal from Swiss forward Noah Okafor.
Salzburg remains very much in the mix to advance to the knockout stage in successive seasons despite falling two points behind league leaders Milan. This is especially true if they perform well in two matches against their Croatian counterparts over the next few days.
Matthias Jaissle is the manager of a team competing in the Champions League group stage for the fourth consecutive year, and the 34-year-old coach will be itching for more after leading his team to the last 16 in 2021–22.
Since being hired last year, Jaissle has maintained Die Roten Bullen’s domestic dominance with a victory rate of over 70% and is currently seeking to lead them to a 10th straight Austrian Bundesliga title.
After drawing with their closest rivals on Saturday, Salzburg, who has won seven of their first ten league games, is atop the standings, four points ahead of LASK. Despite the fact that both Okafor and Slovenian sensation Benjamin Sesko were denied goals, Oumar Soulet’s dramatic equalizer extends their undefeated streak to an amazing 11 games.
Dinamo Zagreb will travel to Austria leading their third Group E opponent by a point after a win and a draw from their first two games, despite having lost both of their previous meetings with Salzburg in international competition.
After upsetting the 2021 Champions League champions Chelsea in the first week, Dinamo went after another big victim just before the break when they faced Milan at San Siro.
Mislav Orsic, who has been a constant threat in the Europa League in recent years, scored the Rossoneri’s winner in the second half, but the host team also scored three goals of their own to pass Dinamo at the top of the standings.
The team led by Damir Krznar will travel again this week as they continue their quest for their first group-stage away victory since November 1998. In the interim time, they have lost 16 times while making 19 further attempts but failing to win.
However, Dinamo has won 10 of their first 11 league games this season after winning the Croatian title for the fourth consecutive year earlier this year.
After defeating Slaven Belupo 4-1 on Saturday, they now lead the HNL by 11 points. However, with such success now almost taken for granted, Krznar and company must now ensure that their most recent European adventure continues into 2023.
With a victory at home, Salzburg can extend their unbeaten streak and move one step closer to the round of 16. However, the visitors are also in excellent shape and will likely outrace them.