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Salzburg vs Benfica Tips & Preview - Hosts to get the point needed in Champions League

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Last updated: 11 Dec 2023
Gary Emmerson 11 Dec 2023
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  • Salzburg need to avoid defeat to move into the Europa League
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Salzburg beat Benfica in Portugal (Getty Images)

Salzburg vs Benfica Preview


Salzburg need to avoid defeat to finish in third place in Group D and move into the UEFA Europa League in the New Year. 
  • Salzburg vs Benfica Preview
  • Head to Head
  • Salzburg Form
  • Benfica Form

Benfica have had a poor campaign, but did get a first point against Inter Milan last time. I'm backing them to sign off with a low-scoring draw in Austria.

  • Salzburg are winless in their last 4 matches (UEFA Champions League)
  • Salzburg are unbeaten in 8 of their last 9 matches
  • Salzburg have seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 8 matches
  • Benfica are winless in all 5 matches in the group stages (UEFA Champions League)
  • Benfica have drawn their last 3 matches
  • Benfica have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 2 matches

Head to Head


Salzburg won 2-0 in the opening game of the group stages in what was the first meeting between the sides.

Salzburg Form


Salzburg sit in third place in Group D with four points from five games and need to avoid defeat to ensure they move into the Europa League.

The Austrian champions started with a 2-0 win over Benfica before losing Real Sociedad 2-0 and Inter Milan 2-1 and 1-0. They did pick up a point against Sociedad last time in a 0-0 draw.

Since that stalemate, Salzburg have recorded back-to-back 1-0 wins over Wolfsberger AC and Rapid Vienna in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Benfica Form


Benfica stand on the verge of elimination after picking up a single point from five games, which came in a 3-3 draw with Inter Milan last time.

They started the campaign with a 2-0 loss to Salzburg and then went down to Inter Milan 1-0 and Real Sociedad 1-0 and 3-1.

The draw with Inter two weeks ago was the first of three straight stalemates for Roger Schmidt's side. They have also drawn with Moreirense 0-0 and Farense 1-1 in the Primeira Liga.

Verdict

Neither side have been great in Group D, but I'm backing Salzburg to play for the draw they need to secure a Europa League spot. It should be another low-scoring affair.

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