Preview: Red Bull Salzburg Aim to Take Advantage of Atlético Madrid’s Munich Hangover

Red Bull Salzburg travel to Madrid this week as the team prepares to face an Atlético Madrid side hungover and full of regret after being thrashed 4-0 by Bayern Munich on matchday one.

Casting last Wednesday’s result to one side, the season has in fact started well for Diego Simeone’s side having opened it with three wins and two draws while conceding just once in the process, but in the Champions League, the blip in Bavaria has left them in the undesirable position of bottom in Group A and already chasing the pack.

If history is to go by, Atletico should have some confidence heading into the game against Die Roten Bullen because the club has never lost to Austrian opposition in eight European encounters, and have won seven of them. The only time they have failed to secure a win came back in September 1976 when Rapid Vienna travelled to the Vicente Calderón and secured a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

Red Bull Salzburg are not ones to back down to a challenge though and will be looking to ruin the three-time Europa League winner’s unbeaten record. However, the club’s record against Spaniards is far from ideal as, dating back to 1998, they’ve lost eight and won four of 16 encounters. Recent form shines some light as Salzburg have won two and drawn one on their last four trips to the Iberian Peninsula.

Jesse Marsch will want his team to build upon the 2-2 draw against Lokomotiv Moscow but know an incredibly tough challenge awaits. While Salzburg are known for their attacking prowess, Los Rojiblancos are renowned for their defensive expertise and have Jan Oblak in the between the sticks; the Slovenian has an incredible record of 143 clean sheets in 263 matches (all competitions) since joining the club from Benfica in 2014.

MATCH INFORMATION

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Kick-off: 21:00 (CET) | 15:00 (ET)

Venue:  Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (capacity: 68,456)

Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (Romania)

Broadcasting: CBS All Access (United States), DAZN (Austria)

CURRENT FORM

Atlético Madrid

Huesca 0-0 (A) | Villarreal 0-0 (H) | Celta Vigo 0-2 (A) | Bayern Munich 4-0 (A) | Real Betis 2-0 (H)

Red Bull Salzburg

Maccabi Tel Aviv 3-1 (H) | Hartberg 7-1 (H) | St. Pölten 0-3 (A) | Lokomotiv Moscow 2-2 (H) | Austria Vienna 0-2 (A)

TEAM NEWS

Atlético Madrid

Injured: Yannick Carrasco (thigh), Diego Costa (muscle), Šime Vrsaljko (knee),

Red Bull Salzburg

Injured: Antoine Bernède (shin)

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

Atlético Madrid

Oblak – Trippier, Savić, Giménez, Lodi – Correa, Herrera, Koke, Lemar – Félix, Suárez. (4-4-2)

Red Bull Salzburg

Stanković – Vallci, Ramalho, Wöber, Ulmer – Camara, Junuzović – Mwepu, Szoboszlai – Daka, Koïta. (4-2-2-2)

PRE-MATCH QUOTES

“Atlético is under a bit of pressure right after the first lap and will want to let us feel that. But we have to play courageously again, play our football and appear confident. Then we have a chance of a good game even against such a strong team.”

Jesse Marsch on facing Atlético Madrid after they lost 4-0 to Bayern Munich last week. [Red Bull Salzburg]

“My principal aim tomorrow is to take a clean sheet. We strive to do that in every match. We know that it will be particularly difficult tomorrow, and we will have to perform as best as we possibly can.”

André Ramalho on his desire to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday night.

SCORE PREDICTION

Atlético Madrid 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg

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