RB Salzburg vs AC Milan prediction, preview | Champions League 2022-23
RB Salzburg will play at home with Milan in the 1st round of the Champions League group stage. The match will take place on September 6, starting at 19:00 GMT.
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Champions League 2022-23
|RB Salzburg||vs||AC Milan|
Salzburg boast nine domestic league titles in a row and are in the UEFA Champions League group stage for the fourth time in a row.
However, the draw this year was somewhat unfavorable, with the Austrian champions facing two UCL winners, but the result from early August could only have a positive psychological impact.
While very few will support their progress for the second season in a row, Salzburg set an unbeaten home record in last season’s Champions League, qualifying included.
Among the victories was their first Champions League success over reigning champions from the top five European leagues Lille.
However, Milan will come full of confidence after an impressive 3-2 win over rivals Inter on Saturday, giving them their best five-game start to a Serie A title defense this season.
Now attention is turning to continental action as they aim to win the Champions League as Italian champions for the first time since 1994.
A winning start in practice and another addition to Milan’s already strong track record in the first round of the Champions League in the current format.
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Players to watch
The hosts don’t have many well-known players, but Salzburg’s talented goalscorer in a 2-0 win over WSG Tirol at the weekend, Noah Okafor scored three goals after the break in his team’s last two Champions League group stage home matches in the 2021/22 season.
For AC Milan, Junior Messias scored the winning goal in his only Champions League win last campaign, with three of his previous five goals turning the scoreline to 2-0.
Head to Head
Milan have never played an official match against RB Salzburg and will have to adapt to a new opponent this week.
The club have thrived under manager Stefano Pioli and have something to show in the Champions League this season.
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— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 25, 2022
|RB Salzburg win 3.82||Draw 3.60||AC Milan win 1.95|
Stats: In Milan’s last five games, won or lost, the decisive goal was scored after the break.
Milan have developed into a strong team and are in impressive form this season. The club held out against Inter Milan and will try to start their European campaign on a positive note.
RB Salzburg have a nearly flawless domestic record but will face a different class of opponents this week. Milan are the favorites in this match.
Prediction for this match: Milan win.
- Over 9.5 corners.
- Total over 2.5.