Red Bull Salzburg take on Partizani Tirana at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
Austrian champions are determined to reach Champions League group stage this season. However, we should say they had a slow start of the new season in the Austrian Bundesliga as they tied Wolfsberger (1:1) and were beaten by Sturm Graz (1:3). They have been more successful in the Champions League qualification. First, Red Bull Salzburg beat Liepaja (3:0 on agg.) and then outplayed Partizani on the road (1:0). We should say Salzburg side haven’t lost a single home game in 2016 as they play well-organized football in defense and aggressive one in offense.
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Partizani made it to the Champions League only because Albanian champions Skënderbeu Korçë were banned. But Tirana side managed to surprise as they pasted through Ferencváros in the previous round (2:2, on penalty shootout). Moreover, they offered a battle to much more skilled Salzburg, but lost due to lack of experience. We should mention Partizani Tirana remained unbeaten in their last 10 games on the road (4 wins, 6 draws) as they tend to earn points mostly due to solid defense.
First match proved that Albanian side aren’t that easy to beat and it won’t be simple for Red Bull Salzburg to proceed to the playoff round. We expect the second leg to be low-scoring with minimum of scoring chances.
Prediction for the match: Under 3 goals.