Chelsea, to secure knockout stage vs Salzburg

Chelsea, to secure knockout stage vs Salzburg

Chelsea is just 90 minutes away to secure a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League when they meet Red Bull Salzburg. Chelsea travels to the home turf of Salzburg on October 26, 2022, at 12:45 AM (GMT+8). These two are not far from each other in their group standings in Group E. Chelsea is at the top of their group standings while Salzburg is at the second spot. In fact, only one point separates these two team against each other so both clubs wanting to add more points to advance in the tournament.

This is only the third time these two clubs meet where for their first two meetings, it was the visitors who took home the victory while the other one ended in draw. Currently, the visitors are having seven points form their previous fixtures, while the hosts recorded six points. The young ones have developed through time for the hosts as they continuously impress in all competitions. As for the visitors, injuries are their issue this season as they always face the same health issue after another. As these two teams meet once again, both are trying to gain as many points they can. More points means more chances for the playoffs in the tournament.

Red Bull Salzburg

Champions League: Red Bull Salzburg

Coming into this game, Salzburg had a scoreless draw against Strum Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga. Despite the result of their last game, this squad is still one of the top teams in Austrian Bundesliga. In their Champions League group, they sit at the second spot, one-point behind Chelsea and two-points ahead of AC Milan. So far, this squad managed to exceed the expectations of them as they are doing well in the European tournament. However, they need to earn more wins as their group is battling neck-in-neck for position.

As Salzburg meets Chelsea, there are a lot of injuries in their squad. They will be without Omoregie, Ferando, Diakite, Capaldo, and Koita who are all injured. On the other hand, Dijon Kameri is also doubtful because of his shoulder injury. Moreover, there is an additional concern for this squad as Luka Sucic suffered an adductor injury.


Champions League: Chelsea
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Chelsea also came from a draw before coming into this game as they drew their match against Manchester United in the Premier League. This squad actually have a rough start this season, despite having expensive signings during the summer. Luckily, after their change in their manager, they managed to improve their game and showed the potential of their signings. Now, they are just 90 minutes away for a possible spot in the knock-out stage which they are aiming for.

Wesley Fofana and Reece James are still out for Chelsea because of their knee injury. On the other hand, N’Golo Kante also remains out because of him hamstring injury, which might take a few months before recovering.


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