Salzburg vs Dortmund Preview: Salzburg host Borussia Dortmund in the Red Bull Arena for the return leg of the round of 16 in the Europa League this Thursday.
Salzburg recorded a somewhat surprising and unexpected victory over the team in yellow in the first leg at the Signal Iduna Park. They have an advantage of two away goals against the traveling side who themselves had scored only a single goal at their home.
So, this tie is nicely poised, and any result seems possible. Dortmund are a solid side and can certainly pull off a comeback in this leg as they have done it before on multiple occasions.
But, the home team will have the confidence skyrocketed as they have their advantage over the away side from the first leg. They can go through the next round beating the opposition again at their own home soil especially after the added confidence of beating the yellow shirts away from home.
Dortmund are not in a great run of form and seemingly their primary concern is in Bundesliga where they will like to finish in top 4 for the next year’s Champions League spot. But having said that, crashing out of the Europa league so early is no excuse, and they will like to progress to the next rounds.
On the other hand, the home team are in a fantastic run of form, and they will like to give their fans more reason to celebrate by knocking out one of the European super-club out of the Europa league.
The home side are fortunate in that they have no any injury or suspension concerns going into this match. They will have their full squad available.
Fullback Lukasz Piszczek is a doubt for this match after suffering a minor injury scare in training.
Shinji Kagawa also remains absent due to his ankle problem.
Jadon Sancho, the English winger, is also a doubt for this clash as he steps up recovery from his recent injury.
Similarly, Rode (pelvis) and Yarmolenko (tendon) are the other significant absentees from the home side.
Salzburg vs Borussia Dortmund Lineups ( Predicted XI )
Salzburg Lineup ( 4-4-2 )
Ulmer (LB), Onguene (LCB), Ramalho (RCB), Lainer (RB)
Berisha (LM), Schlager (LCM), Takumi (RCM), Yabo (RM)
Borussia Dortmund Lineup ( 4-2-3-1 )
Schmelzer (LB), Torpak (LCB), Sokratis (CB), Piszczek (RB)
Dahoud (CM), Weigl (CM)
Schurrle (LM), Gotze (CAM), Reus (RM)
Salzburg vs Borussia Dortmund Prediction
Dortmund managed to snatch a vital one goal in the previous leg which could yet prove to be vital in deciding the fate of these two teams. However, the home side are firmly in the driving seat and will be confident of going through in front of their own home fans.
We predict that the traveling side will win this leg with the margin of one goal to none, but the tie as a whole will be won by the home side with the two away goals being decisive.
Our Prediction: 1-0 win for Borussia Dortmund