Chelsea vs Red Bull Salzburg: Prediction, Team News, Lineups

On Wednesday, the match will take place between Chelsea vs Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League Group E round. The Blues will be seeking to win their first match since Graham Potter took over as manager of the club. In the meanwhile, Salzburg played AC Milan last week and earned a good draw by a score of 1-1.

Match Preview: Chelsea vs Red Bull Salzburg

Thomas Tuchel was fired after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb and replaced by Graham Potter. Tuchel won the Champions League in his debut season but lost both domestic cup finals against Liverpool on penalties.

New owner Todd Boehly believed the team’s sluggish play early this season was an indication of malaise under Tuchel’s guidance. Boehly is ambitious and thinks Potter can work his magic after investing £250m in his first summer.

The 47-year-old guided Brighton to their best Premier League finishes, seventh. Wednesday is Potter’s first Champions League game, highlighting how quickly he must acclimate. Boehly allegedly tried to persuade Tuchel to switch to a 4-3-3.

It will be interesting to see whether the Englishman sticks with the three-man defensive that worked for Brighton. The majority of his new players are acquainted with it.

Chelsea and Brighton lack a proven striker, which might also help him. Aubameyang, Havertz, Sterling, and Broja are options for Potter at the center.

Salzburg has reached the Champions League knockout stages for four successive seasons. Red Bull persisted with Matthias Jaissle after losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the last 16. The 34-year-old aspires to win Salzburg’s 10th straight Austrian Bundesliga title.

They’ve won seven of eight domestic games and tied Milan 1-1 in the Champions League. Noah Okafor scored in the 28th minute for Jaissle. Alexis Saelemaekers’ 10-yard goal before halftime tied Salzburg. Austria will want to build on Wednesday’s draw at Stamford Bridge.

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Team News: Chelsea vs Red Bull Salzburg

N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury may keep him out until after the international break. Chelsea’s Sunday Premier League match against Liverpool was postponed due to increased police for the Queen’s burial.

This will be the Blues’ last play before the international break. So Potter will likely start with his strongest squad. Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella should compete for the other wing-back slot alongside Reece James.

Given that Potter valued the player, having purchased him for Brighton and then selling him to Chelsea, the latter may win. Mason Mount, Sterling, and Havertz could form a fluid front three, with Jorginho and Kovacic in the center.

Maximilian Wober, Oumar Solet, Kamil Piatkowski, Bryan Okoh, Mamady Diambou, Ousmane Diakite, Samson Tijani, Luka Sucic, Justin Omoregie, and Sekou Koita are injured for Salzburg.

Strahinja Pavlovic, the only healthy senior center defender, may have to play alongside Andreas Ulmer or Bernardo. Benjamin Sesko only had limited minutes off the bench against Milan due to an injury, but he should be ready to start after scoring the game-opening goal against Ried last weekend.

  • Chelsea Lineup: Mendy, Fofana, Silva, Koulibaly, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Cucurella, Mount, Havertz, Sterling.
  • Red Bull Salzburg’s Starting XI: Kohn, Dedic, Pavlovic, Ulmer, Bernardo, Capaldo, Seiwald, Kjaergaard, Kameri, Sesko, Okafor.

Our Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg

In their first game under their new manager, we anticipate Chelsea to be very determined to come out on top of this contest. Potter’s extended time spent on the practice field is sure to have aided the team’s efforts to achieve this goal.

Because of injuries, the away team is missing numerous important players, particularly on defense, and as a consequence, it may be difficult for them to stave off the oncoming threat from their rivals.

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