RB Salzburg vs Real SociedadUEFA Champions League, KO: 17:45 Oct 3, 2023, Red Bull Arena
Salzburg will be looking to build on an impressive victory on match-day one as they welcome Real Sociedad to the Red Bull Arena for a Group D fixture on Tuesday. Both teams are looking sharp at the moment but Salzburg will fancy their chances against Sociedad, who are a bit erratic on their travels.
Salzburg began their Champions League campaign with an impressive 2-0 victory at Benfica. They capitalised on an early red card to the Portuguese side with goals from Roko Simic and Oscar Gloukh earning them the win.
Group D is considered one of the most open in this year’s Champions League and manager Gerhard Struber will be pleased to have made a solid start to the competition. Salzburg have been in Particularly good form lately as they are unbeaten in eight of their last nine matches, claiming seven wins in that run, including a 4-0 victory at Austria Lustenau in a Bundesliga fixture last Saturday.
The one blemish in Salzburg’s recent good form is a 1-0 defeat to Blau-Weiß Linz in their last home fixture. However, having claimed back-to-back 2-0 wins over Rapid Vienna and Austria Vienna in the previous fixtures at the Red Bull Arena, they will be confident of claiming the upper hand on Tuesday.
Real Sociedad are coming off a draw as they played out a 1-2 scoreline with Inter Milan in their opening Group D fixture. They took an early lead through Brais Mendez and held on for much of the contest before being breached three minutes from time.
While manager Imanol Alguacil will be disappointed not to have held on, that result appears to have sparked a resurgence for Real Sociedad, who had won just once in their previous five matches. They have now won their last three matches and travel to Salzburg off the back of a 3-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao in a La Liga clash last Saturday.
A slight problem for Real Sociedad is that they are a bit erratic on their travels having claimed just two wins from their last five away matches. However, they did pick up a 1-0 at Valencia in their last fixture on the road.
How the bookies view it
The bookies appear to be expecting a closely fought encounter with a win for Salzburg priced at 9/5 with Paddy Power while a Real Sociedad victory is valued at 8/5 with Unibet. A draw is set at odds of 23/10 by bet365.
Head to head
Both teams met in the round of 32 of the 2017-18 Europa League with Salzburg claiming a 4-3 aggregate victory. The Austrians held out for a 2-2 draw in Sociedad before picking up a 2-1 victory at the Red Bull Arena.
Players to watch
Karim Konate failed to find the net on match-day one but is the leading scorer for Salzburg with five goals this season. The forward was on target at Austria Lustenau last Saturday and could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 4/1 with Unibet.
Takefusa Kubo continues to enjoy a rich vein of goalscoring form having found the net in two of his last three matches. Unibet is offering odds of 22/5 on the attacker to get on the score sheet on Tuesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
There is plenty of attacking quality on display and both teams could be backed to score at 3/4 by bet365. Salzburg have seen over 2.5 goals in their last two matches and a repeat is priced at evens with bet365 while over 3.5 goals could also be considered at 5/2 with bet365.
Salzburg have opened the scoring in five of their last six matches across all competitions and a could be backed to grab the first goal on Tuesday at 11/10 with Coral.
This UEFA Champions League match between RB Salzburg and Real Sociedad will be played on Oct 3, 2023 and kick off at 17:45. Check below for our tipsters best RB Salzburg vs Real Sociedad prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.